T. J. Jones

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T. J. Jones
No. 13     Detroit Lions
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-07-19) July 19, 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school: Gainesville (GA)
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 6 / Pick: 189
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Roster status: PUP
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com

Tai-ler "T. J." Fitzgerald Jones (born July 19, 1992) is a Canadian-born American football wide receiver for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Lions in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame.

High School[edit]

Jones attended Gainesville High School in Gainesville, Georgia. He was named MaxPreps.com second-team All-American as senior in 2009. He finished his senior season with 76 receptions for 1,399 yards and 18 touchdowns, which earned him all-state honours, while helping Gainesville get to the Georgia state championship game for the first time since 1982. He caught 81 passes for 979 yards as junior in 2008.

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated as the 19th best wide receiver in the nation.[1] After originally being committed to Stanford, he switched his commitment to Notre Dame.

College career[edit]

Jones enrolled early at Notre Dame in January 2010. As a true freshman, he worked his way onto the field, playing in 12 games, starting 7, while catching 23 passes for 306 yards and three touchdowns. Jones became a full-time starter for the Irish in 2011. He played in all 13 games, starting every game but one, and recorded 38 receptions for 366 yards and three touchdowns. In 2012, Jones had his best season yet for the Fighting Irish, accumulating 50 receptions for 649 yards and 4 touchdowns. His year was highlighted by a game winning catch against Stanford in overtime and a berth to the 2013 BCS National Championship Game in Miami, Florida. In the National Championship game, Jones recorded 6 receptions for 90 yards in a 42-14 loss versus Alabama. In his senior season, he set career highs in receptions (70), receiving yards (1,108) and receiving touchdowns (9). He also rushed for 67 yards on nine carries (7.4 avg), scoring two touchdowns.

Professional career[edit]

2014 NFL Draft[edit]

He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round (189th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.[2]

Detroit Lions[edit]

On August 23, 2014, Jones was placed on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list with a shoulder injury.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Jones was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. His father, Andre Jones, who died from a brain aneurysm in 2011, was a starting defensive end on the 1988 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team that won the 1989 Fiesta Bowl and were named national champions, the last in school history.[4]

Jones' uncle, Phillip Daniels, is a former NFL defensive end who played 15 seasons in the league for the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins, and has a son, DaVaris, who was a teammate of Jones at Notre Dame.

Jones' godfather is Raghib "Rocket" Ismail, a former NFL and CFL wide receiver and former Notre Dame star. His brother, Malachi Jones, is a junior Wide Receiver for Appalachian State University. His other younger brother, Jahmai Jones, is a top ranked high school baseball player in the class of 2015, considered the #1 shortstop in the class of 2015 nationally.


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