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Silver Minings: Zay Jones ready to play former team, Buffalo Bills

Receiver will likely start in Week 4 because of injuries to Bryan Edwards and Henry Ruggs

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Have the Raiders’ major injury issues evolved into the Zay Jones’ revenge game?

Jones will likely start on Sunday against the visiting Buffalo Bills — along with fellow veteran Nelson Agholor — because of injuries to rookie starters Bryan Edwards and Henry Ruggs. It has been reported that Edwards is out with an ankle injury and that Ruggs is a long shot to play because of hamstring injury.

That would give Jones an opportunity to light up his former team when they visit Allegiant Stadium for the first time. Jones was a second-round pick (No. 37 overall) by the Bills in the 2017 draft. Buffalo then traded Jones to the Raiders last October for a 2021 fifth-round pick.

Jones hasn’t made a big impact for the Raiders so far, however. He has 24 catches in 13 games for the Raiders. Yet, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said Jones is excited to face his former team.

“I definitely have seen an excitement,” Carr said. “He has a lot of friends that played there and anytime, as a competitor, you get traded or you get released, you obviously want to play well against your former team.”

There is no doubt, the Raiders could use a lift from Jones on Sunday.

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