Bills trade Zay Jones to Raiders

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Bills wide receiver Zay Jones has largely been phased out of the offense this season. Now he’ll see if he can fit in somewhere else.

The Bills have traded Jones to the Raiders, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports. The Raiders will send a 2021 fifth-round draft pick to Buffalo in the deal.

The 24-year-old Jones was a big part of the Bills’ offense a year ago, catching 56 passes for 652 yards and seven touchdowns. But this year he’s been a non-factor, with just seven catches for 69 yards and no touchdowns through five games.

The Raiders can use him, however, with the problems they’ve had at wide receiver this season. In addition to the Antonio Brown debacle, the Raiders had three injured receivers out on Sunday: Tyrell Williams, J.J. Nelson and Dwayne Harris.

With Oakland on its bye this week, Jones will have some extra time to learn the offense, and then Jon Gruden will hope he has a new weapon ready to contribute in Oakland.

32 responses to “Bills trade Zay Jones to Raiders

  1. Feels like the Bills could have gotten more for Zay. In any case i wish him well, maybe a fresh start is what he needs. Duke Williams made him expendable though.

  2. Great trade for the raiders. Although this makes me think that tyrells injured foot might be more serious than it’s been reported?

  3. Never really lived up to his draft selection. Maybe the change will be good got him. Best wishes Zay! Go Bills loving Duke getting a chance.

  4. thefeisty1….. from one bad team to another
    You are what your record is.
    4-1 is a bad team?
    3-2 id’s a bad team?
    Some guys just don’t know football

  5. JP Losman, EJ Manuel, Nathan Peterman, now Zay Jones. The Raiders really enjoy dumpster diving at One Bills Drive.

  6. gah05 says:
    October 7, 2019 at 9:31 pm
    Kudos to the Raiders for taking another disappointment off of the Bills hands. And a draft pick to boot. Much thanks!
    Another disappointment… yes, the Bills spent a 2nd rounder on Jones just two years ago and traded him for a 5th. Google “NFL teams that have never won the Super Bowl.” Dilly-Dilly!

  7. Zay Jones must be ecstatic to play with a 3x pro bowl and league MVP finalist at qb. something he will never get in Buffalo

  8. Was hoping for more from Zay, but after that Pats game where he watched defenders pick of pass after pass and did nothing to stop it, the writing was on the wall. Best of luck to him moving forward though.

  9. catquick says:
    October 7, 2019 at 8:53 pm
    He was a big disappointment. I wish him well.
    – – – – – – – – – – –
    LOL- I will have to remember that 650+ yards , and 7td’s last year is a huge disappointment. Fact is what is really a huge disappointment, is in the first few games this year you only threw the ball his way 3 times a game…..he probably fell asleep…. All I know is Mayock loved this guy in that draft. I think he had him near the top of the list for wideouts. Time will tell if he is worth a 5th rd pick…my gut says at 6′ 2″ and 4.4 speed, and the all time Div 1 reception leader, he is worth the dice roll. I trust Mayock on this one.

  10. Great trade Mayock. GB deal is already worth it, don’t win these last 2 w/o Davis. His dad got everything out of his abilities, if Zay can get half as much from his, he can be a Raider long term.
    OTOH, trade doesn’t exactly speak to team’s ability to develop WR’s. Ateman can’t get a ball his way even with all these injuries. Doesn’t play special teams. Better be working on his jump ball skills because that will be only thing keeping him around when back to full strength.

  11. Yo, Rdrntn, I understand your optimism. As somebody who had always gone to bat for Zay(he’s a good dude, and a great teammate by all accounts), he has absolutely not lived up to his draft position or production. Why don’t you go back and watch some film of his from this season and find out why he’s not being targeted instead of looking at stats and box scores? Want to know the biggest reason he was sent packing? An absolute zero effort on a potentials catchable ball that resulted in an interception in the Patriots game. He probably doesn’t catch it, sure, but if he does anything but watch the NE defender jump over his head, it at worst ends up out of bounds. You earn looks, they just aren’t given to you. Last year he was far and away the best WR in the team. But look at the offensive numbers for the Bills last season. Beane and McDermott made the right call, if he doesn’t want to help, then they won’t let him hurt the team. And he absolutely did in a game that was decided by 6 points.

  12. I like the player, I like the decent value we gave up.

    Gruden and Mayock better get this one right though, they’ve traded two 3rd round picks and a fifth round pick the last 2 years for Martavis Bryant and Antonio Brown.

    2 3rd round picks + 5th round pick = 8 games played, 19 receptions + 266 yards + 0 touchdowns (combined!)

  13. scottsscorpions says:
    October 8, 2019 at 7:03 pm
    Bills gave up on another 2nd Round receiver … named Robert Woods.

    Have to admit – that one always annoyed me. He was quite good when he was in Buffalo. We had two problems though: 1) we really did’t have QB who could get Woods the ball reliably in a manner that matched his skills, and 2) in 2017 – we were starting yet ANOTHER rebuild; and to keep him was more expensive than the Bills could really afford at the time.

    In this case – while I like Zay – he isn’t nearly as feisty as Bob Woods always was. Several times – he has had badly timed drops, and during the Pats game – he really didn’t fight for the ball as much as he could’ve.

    TBH – I wish Zay all all the best (except when he is playing against the Bills, of course). Sometimes good people simply aren’t in the situation that helps them succeed the most – and a change of scene is what they need to grow…

  14. I LOVE Robert woods, but if you look at the deal he signed then, there was no way Buffalo was going to match that. He was also heading home. I argued then he was overpaid, which he was at the time. But, he’s clearly out performed any contract he could have been given, so money well spent. I still remember Woods getting ejected for throwing haymakers on the field. Loved his game, very Hines Ward like. He was better than Watkins on a consistent basis. That is definitely not who Zay Jones is.

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