BUFFALO, N.Y. – Former Lackawanna College receiver Donald Jones is enjoying the most productive of his three National Football League seasons with the Buffalo Bills.
Jones caught his third touchdown pass of the season last week, scoring from 15 yards in a 35-34, home-field loss to the Tennessee Titans. With the Bills (3-4) off for their bye week, Jones already has 20 catches, three short of his total last season.
When Buffalo lost David Nelson to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee earlier in the season, Jones took over at the slot position in three- and four-receiver sets.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jones are gradually becoming more comfortable working together. That showed in the touchdown pass against Buffalo.
I had to trust my guys; make sure we're on the same page and the timing was precise, Fitzpatrick said of touchdown passes to Jones and Steve Johnson in the third quarter. Releasing it before they were making their breaks.
Donald did a great job.
Jones said that he is comfortable as the slot as well as other receiver positions.
I'm not a stranger to this at all, Jones told buffalobills.com after Nelson's injury. I did it all preseason, getting me ready in case something like this was to happen.
Jones had five-catch efforts in two of his first three games. He made four catches for 47 yards against Tennessee, giving him 20 catches for career-highs of 241 yards and three touchdowns.
After playing at Lackawanna, Jones spent two seasons at Youngstown State.
The 24-year-old from Plainfield, N.J. played 15 games, starting five, and made 18 catches for 213 yards in 2010. Last season, Jones started in seven of eight games and caught 23 catches for 231 yards before missing the rest of the season with an ankle injury. He has been in the starting rotation of receivers in all seven games this season.