Patriots Sign Former Bills WR Donald Jones

Tom Szczerbowski

New England improves its depleted receiving corps and signs speedy standout Donald Jones to a three-year deal.

The New England Patriots' interest in Buffalo Bills' restricted free agent WR Donald Jones seemed to spike after he wasn't tendered an offer by GM Buddy Nix. But it was probably the "if you can't beat them, sign them" mindset the organization has permanently adopted that really brought this into fruition.

The six-foot, 208-pound receiver who first came into the league as an undrafted free agent out of Youngstown State adds a sizable amount of speed and physicality to the outside. While spending three years with the Bills, Jones, 25, really came on last season, setting career-highs in just about ever measurable category. He particularly gave the division rival Patriots fits, however, to the tune of 18 receptions for 319 yards and two touchdowns over four games.

Jones' signing could put considerable heat on Brandon Lloyd, who was rumored to be on thin ice in regards to his roster status earlier in the offseason. If Jones represents the dynamic, playmaking deep threat the coaching staff has searched high and low for, Lloyd may very well be as good as gone as the Patriots become increasingly younger at the wide receiver position.


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