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Cowboys host 3,000 yards WR during free agent visit, report says

Cowboys host 3,000 yards WR during free agent visit, report says

The Dallas Cowboys will host former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Zay Jones on a free agent visit. according to a report from Bleacher Report’s Jordan Schultz.

Jones, 29, was released by the Jaguars after Jacksonville released former LSU wide receiver Brian Thomas Jr. had selected in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

Originally selected by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Jones has racked up 287 receptions for 3,028 yards and 18 touchdowns through the first seven seasons of his career.

Jones has attracted interest from several teams in recent weeks, visiting the Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans. Tennessee signed former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd on May 7.

Jones spent the past two seasons in Jacksonville and was one of quarterback Trevor Lawrence’s favorite targets. According to Pro Football Focus, Lawrence posted a passer rating of 66.7 when targeting Jones, who dropped just one pass all season.

During his time in Jacksonville, Jones posted 116 catches for 1,144 yards and seven touchdowns.

How Zay Jones would fit in with the Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys’ receiver room is in a bit of a transition this offseason behind CeeDee Lamb.

Dallas released Michael Gallup to create more than $9.5 million in cap space and didn’t select a wide receiver in this year’s draft until picking Ryan Flournoy out of Southeast Missouri State in the sixth round.

Meanwhile, Lamb has skipped the Cowboys’ voluntary offseason program as contract negotiations have stalled, with the star receiver set to play the 2024 season on the fifth-year option of his rookie deal should the two sides fail to reach an agreement on a long-term deal. extension.

If the Cowboys sign Jones, he would likely push Jalen Tolbert for playing time as the third receiver behind Lamb and Brandin Cooks.

Last season, Tolbert caught 22 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns in his second NFL season.

A look at Ryan Flournoy’s potential

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The Cowboys hope to have won a diamond in the rough with the selection of Flournoy on the final day of the 2024 NFL Draft.

Last season, Flournoy caught 57 passes for 839 yards and six touchdowns for the Redhawks, finishing the 2023 campaign with 914 all-purpose yards.

Flournoy offers solid production,” wrote Trevor Sikkema of Pro Football Focus. “Average 2.67 meters per route over the past two seasons. His best asset is his hands, as he has dropped just 3.2% of the catchable passes he has faced since 2022.”

In addition to his role as a rookie on offense, Flournoy can also contribute on special teams, where he recorded 26 return yards last season.

Lance Zierlein of NFL Media suggests Flournoy is a bit of a project, as most Day 3 draft picks tend to be.

“Flournoy offers size and football character,” writes Zierlein. “That’s pro-caliber, but there are areas where he needs to improve. Against off-man, Flournoy uses his size and ball skills to pile up catches. Against the press, however, he can be late on the release and becomes dependent on physicality instead of route sense to create throwing windows for his quarterback. The route taken is undisciplined, but can be honed with work.

Flournoy will likely be in the mix, fighting for a starting job at sixth receiver, but could add to the Cowboys’ depth chart with a strong showing this spring and during training camp later this summer.