Help is on the way for Derek Carr and his group of receivers. Monday evening the Raiders completed a trade with the Buffalo Bills for wide receiver Zay Jones. In return the Raiders are sending a 2021 fifth round pick to Buffalo according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
Jones was a second round pick in 2017, after a prolific career at East Carolina. Jones is the NCAA Division I leader in career receptions with 399, and holds the single season receptions record with 158.
His pro career has been a different story. In three seasons with Buffalo, Jones has 90 receptions for 1,037 yards and nine touchdowns. 2018 was his most productive season starting 15 games hauling in 56 passes for 652 yards and seven touchdowns.
So far in 2019, Jones has been a non-factor for the Bills with seven receptions in five games. With the injuries to Tyrell Williams, Dwayne Harris, and J.J. Nelson the Raiders were forced to start Keelan Doss, Trevor Davis, and Hunter Renfrow against the Bears in week four.
There will be plenty of opportunity for Jones to earn himself a role, behind Tyrell Williams the number two receiver position is wide open. Jones will have 13 days to get up to speed with the offense if he hopes to play in week seven at Green Bay.