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Last season, wide receiver Donald Jones earned the No. 2 wide receiver role for the Buffalo Bills. Jones was having a decent year, catching 23 passes for 231 yards and a score, despite being plagued with injuries that caused him to be placed on injured reserve halfway through the season.
This year, he is fully recovered and ready to go. Head coach Chan Gailey says that Jones still has the upper hand over rookie T.J. Graham and Marcus Easley as the No. 2, but isn't making the situation crystal clear. Gailey says that Jones is a bit ahead of the curve, according to the Buffalo News.
“You can ask me about the third week in training camp and I’m going to tell you it’s too early. We’ll know exactly where we stand and it all works itself out by the time we get to the first ball game. We’ve got two or three guys that have done a great job,” the coach said. “Donald Jones probably a little bit ahead of everybody at this point.”
Throughout OTAs, he has been working mostly in the slot position, which Jones seems to enjoy. Coach Gailey likes his receivers to know all of the positions and routes in his spread attack, so I don't really think he'll be challenging David Nelson for the slot role. Jones played in the slot for the majority of his rookie season, with Lee Evans and Stevie Johnson on the outside, so the role is familiar to him:
“I love the slot,” said Jones. ”You have a lot more flexibility in the slot. You don’t have guys beating up on you every play, so I definitely like being in there.
“It definitely helps out a lot...You have a lot more room in the slot. You have a two-way go. You’re working a lot more on nickels, but also linebackers and safeties, so we definitely have the edge. When you’re outside the corners have the sideline as their help and then they have the inside help so you have less flexibility.”