The Jacksonville Jaguars could get reinforcements against the Tennessee Titans in Week 11. Wide receiver Zay Jones, who's missed time with a knee injury, is trending toward playing Sunday.
Update: Zay Jones didn't pop up in the inactives for the game, so he's suiting up. He's workload remains to be seen though.
Mia O'Brien of 1010 XL says that Jones, who's listed as questionable for the game, will play. She cites colleagues Hays Carlyon and Frank Frangie, who may've got the word heading into the game.
Jones, a second-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2016, spent time with the Las Vegas Raiders before signing with the Jags last year. He went on to post new career-bests for catches and receiving yards but a knee injury has limited him to just three games this season.
Last week, Jones was the subject of controversy when he was booked into Duval Jail County on a domestic battery charge. He was released the following day on bail. The incident hasn't affected his status with the team. The Jags released a statement not long after noting that they were in the process of gathering evidence. Head coach Doug Pederson later said that they wouldn't do anything unless they heard something.
While Zay Jones seems to be a good bet to play Sunday, the Jaguars have ruled out return specialist Jamal Agnew, and cornerback Tyson Campbell. Defensive end Roy Robertson-Harrison (ankle), right tackle Anton Harrison (back), and rookie receiver Parker Washington (knee) are listed as questionable.
The Jaguars would benefit from having Zay Jones vs. the Titans but they could also wait
The offense has stalled, so having Zay Jones back would be huge. Without him, the Jaguars' third-round conversion rate and red zone efficiency are among the worst in the league. That said, the coaching staff must make sure he's 100 percent or close to it. He originally hurt his knee in Week 2 and returned three games later only to re-injured his knee. If they think he's not a full-go, they should then keep him out of this one and wait.
After all, Jacksonville has a favorable chance of beating the Titans even without Jones. Their offense lacks weapons and rookie Will Levis has struggled the last two games. If the defense can slow down Derrick Henry and force Levis into making mistakes, they should have control of the game. The offense, for their part, must minimize mistakes, and get their difference-makers (Calvin Ridley) chances to make plays. If they do, the Jags should get their seventh win of the year.
As of this writing, the Jacksonville Jaguars haven't made an announcement regarding Jones. Stay tuned for updates.