Raiders’ Jon Gruden speaks out on trading for Zay Jones
After putting up an impressive 24 points against a tough Chicago Bears defense, the most the Bears have given up all season long, Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden felt his team still needed to add a couple pieces. One was Zay Jones.
Late Monday afternoon, it was reported that the Oakland had traded a 2021 fifth round pick to the Buffalo Bills for Jones, a wide receiver.
With the team’s number one receiver Tyrell Williams out with a foot injury, Gruden saw an opportunity to add some much needed depth at the receiver position. Although the Bills didn’t get much production out of Zay Jones, Gruden thinks the wideout fits in nicely.
Gruden likes Zay Jones’ toughness and natural skills as a receiver
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Week 5 saw Jones play just one offensive snap for Buffalo as the third year pro has only seen 18 targets all season, hauling in less than half of those. Jones had seen a sharp drop off from last season in terms of his involvement in the offense. In 2018, Jones played in all 16 games, while starting in 15, and saw 102 targets.
Gruden will hope to utilize Jones’ speed as he will try and find him different ways of getting him the ball. The aforementioned Williams along with J.J. Nelson and Dwayne Harris are all currently sitting on the injury report, leaving a roll that need to be filled.
If Zones is able to make the most of his opportunity, he could become a main stay in this Oakland offense that is looking and desperate for playmakers.