Can Donald Jones Make A Leap for the Buffalo Bills’ Offense?
Looking at the Buffalo Bills, roster there are a few big questions that fans come up with as they get ready for the 2012 season. One of the biggest questions, at least from my prospective, is who will step up and play the second receiver role opposite star Stevie Johnson?
One of the top candidates to step into that role is receiver Donald Jones. Jones, the 24 year old Youngstown State product, had a respectable season last year, and will be looking to improve coming into 2012.
Coming off a 23 reception season (for 231 yards and one touchdown), he has really begun to make moves this off-season to improve on those stats. And that has not gone unnoticed by his teammates.
“I shouldn’t even be saying this though, but Donald is gonna be the one who is gonna turn some heads,” wide receiver Stevie Johnson told WGR 550′s Joe Buscaglia at OTA’s this week. He later continued, “I think he’s gonna have a great season and I think we’ll be alright because he’ll be able to open it up more.”
Jones’ quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick then went on to express similar confidence in his target in Jones.
“I’ve always been a huge fan of Donald,” Fitzpatrick told WGR’s Howard Simon. “He had a few setbacks last year in terms of problems with his ankle and a couple different injuries that kept him off the field and slowed him down a little bit.
“Donald’s a guy that’ll probably come out and surprise some people,” Fitzpatrick later concluded. “He’s done it before. If you look at what he did last year in the first New England game, I think we’ll see more games like that out of him this year.”
Jones was a man on a mission in that first Patriots game as he came out with five catches for 101 yards.
If the receiver keeps improving the way it seems like he has it can only mean good things for the 2012 Bills offense.
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