Buffalo Bills second-round pick Zay Jones suffered a knee injury during Tuesday’s organized team activities practice, the team announced Thursday.
The Bills rookie wide receiver missed Wednesday and Thursday’s practices due the injury and is considered “week-to-week” with a “knee sprain.”
Buffalo traded up in the second-round of the 2017 NFL Draft to select the 6-foot-2, 201-pound receiver with the 37th overall pick. Jones boosted his draft stock with impressive performances in both the Senior Bowl’s practices and game and is coming off a second consecutive 1,000-yard plus receiving season at East Carolina.
The first-team All-American Athletic Conference receiver set a NCAA single-season record with 158 receptions for 1,746 yards in his senior season, and is expected to be an instant red zone threat for Buffalo’s offense with 23 collegiate career touchdowns.
The Bills elected not to pick up wide receiver Sammy Watkins’ fifth-year option on his rookie contract prior to the NFL’s May 3 deadline, as they clearly have concerns regarding his lingering foot injury.
Buffalo’s 2014 first-round selection shined in his first two seasons in the league, amassing 125 receptions for 2,029 yards. Watkins was limited to just 28 receptions for 430 yards in eight games in 2016, but is coming off a second foot surgery this offseason and looking to make an impact in his return to the football field this season.
While the Bills will have a major decision to make regarding Watkins following the regular season, Buffalo’s coaching staff surely hopes to have both wide receivers on the field in 2017.
The Bills have not made the postseason since 1999 and will need to improve their aerial attack to pose a threat in the AFC. Buffalo finished with the league’s third worst passing offense last season in terms of yards, and the last thing Bills fans likely want to hear is an injury to either Jones or Watkins ahead of the 2017 season.