“I don’t know why I get the stipulation of, ‘I haven’t played against great competition,’ because I really feel like I have, in a sense,” he said.
A fairer critique of Jones’ numbers is that, as a senior, he played in head coach Scottie Montgomery’s pass-oriented spread system. Pirate quarterbacks targeted him an incredible 221 times, 47 more than anyone else in the country last year. But his 71.5 percent catch rate is quite good for someone targeted that often. It was also Jones’ first year as an outside receiver after spending his first three mostly in the slot.
“I’m really proud of those numbers that I was able to get,” he said. “I’m a great vertical threat. I’m just a playmaker. I’m versatile; I’ve played in many, multiple positions. I would say the improvements that I need is those one-on-one battles in that press coverage, because it was my first year playing that X position outside.”
Above them all stands Zay Jones. No player in college football has ever caught more passes in one year than the East Carolina product, who hauled in 158 receptions for the Pirates. Now, the Buffalo Bills are hoping the emerging wideout can break the trend of disappointing pro performances from prolific college receivers. Buffalo selected Jones with the 37th pick i the NFL Draft.
Jones improved every year through his NCAA career, but no one could have predicted his insane 2016. He averaged more than 13 receptions per game and accounted for 1,772 total yards — or nearly 32 percent of his team’s total offense. Despite his presence the Pirates staggered to a 3-9 record last Cheap Bruins Jerseys fall, defeating only Western Carolina, Connecticut, and, somehow, North Carolina State.
That tenure, where he regularly played opponents like UConn, Central Florida, and SMU each season, raises a pair of important questions about the talented wideout. Was his Cheap Jerseys Coupon Code monumental performance in 2016 the product of empty stats? How he will adjust to the game’s highest level.