Detroit Lions rookie wide receiver T.J. Jones is expected to make an impact as a rookie after being drafted with the 189th overall pick, and the Notre Dame product has the wheels and possession ability to be a quality target for Matthew Stafford. Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, and Eric Ebron will be the stars of the Lions passing attack, but Ebron isn’t the only rookie pass-catcher worth keeping an eye on in 2014.
Jones did not participate in minicamp, and Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that he had his shoulder scoped and thus could not attend minicamp. The rookie should be good-to-go for training camp next month, but Birkett adds that he has his arm in a sling right now.
Although Jones won’t see many targets next season, he could very well become Ryan Broyles’s replacement. The Lions figure to use their tight ends heavily and in different alignments next season, so that will also hurt Jones’s number of opportunities to shine as a chain-mover next year. Still, the Lions could use a possession guy at receiver, and Jones seems to fit that label after an excellent college career that included 181 career receptions. He can play inside or outside, but it’s important to note that the middle of the field could be crowded for the Lions due to their TEs.