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TJ Jones
WR #13
Height:
6-0
Weight:
185
Age:
22
College:
Notre Dame
Hometown:
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Experience:
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Biography

Jones enters his first NFL season as the second Fighting Irish alumni to join the Lions in 2014 alongside WR Golden Tate. Detroit’s sixth-round pick (189th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft, Jones brings quickness and elusive route-running ability to the Lions receiver corps and will look to contribute to the team’s proven passing game this season.

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  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round (189th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

PRO
Jones enters his first NFL season as the second Fighting Irish alumni to join the Lions in 2014 alongside WR Golden Tate. Detroit’s sixth-round pick (189th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft, Jones brings quickness and elusive route-running ability to the Lions receiver corps and will look to contribute to the team’s proven passing game this season.

COLLEGE
Left Notre Dame ranking in the top 10 in multiple school receiving categories including single-season 100-yard games (fourth), single-season receiving yards (seventh), single-season receptions (seventh), single-season receiving touchdowns (tied for ninth), career receptions (second), career receiving yards (sixth), career receiving touchdowns (tied for sixth) and career 100-yard games (tied for ninth).

2013: Ended his collegiate career as one of six wide receivers in school history with at least 150 receptions, 2,000 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. Played in all 13 games (seven starts) and led the Irish with 70 catches, 1,108 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Jones became just the seventh different Notre Dame receiver to break the 1,000-yard mark for a single season, and his five 100-yard games tied for fourth-best in a single season all-time. Also had nine carries for 67 yards and two touchdowns.

  • Had a string of seven consecutive games with a touchdown reception during the season, one shy of the school record. Also led the team in receptions nine times.
  • Invited to participate in the East-West Shrine Game, but was unable to play due to injury.
  • Broke the 1,000-yard mark for the season at Stanford (11/30) on a six-catch, 56-yard performance.
  • Finished the season with five receptions for 66 yards, as well as a nine-yard touchdown run in Notre Dame’s win over Rutgers in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl (12/28).

2012: Appeared in all 13 games (11 starts) as a junior, hauling in 50 passes for 649 yards and four touchdowns. His 50 receptions and four touchdowns tied TE Tyler Eifert for team-highs.

  • Scored his first touchdown of the season against Purdue (9/8) and finished the game with three catches for 20 yards.
  • Caught six passes for a career-high 97 yards and one touchdown against Wake Forest (11/17).
  • Established a career high with seven receptions for 90 yards vs. Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game.

2011: Played in every game and started in 12 as a sophomore, catching at least one pass in every game. Finished the season with 38 grabs, 366 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

  • Recorded touchdown receptions vs. Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue.

2010: Competed right away as a true freshman and ended the season with 23 receptions for 306 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games (seven starts). Fourteen of his 23 receptions on the season resulted in either a touchdown or first down.

  • Made his collegiate debut against Purdue. Became the first freshman in Notre Dame history to record a touchdown catch in each of his first two career games.

PERSONAL
Rated as the 10th-best (68th overall) wide receiver in the ESPNU 150 list coming out of Gainesville (Ga.) High School, where he finished his senior season with 76 receptions for 1,399 yards and 18 touchdowns. Named first team all-state by Georgia Sports Writers Association following his senior season in 2009, and was selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Fla.

  • Helped Gainesville to a Georgia state championship in 2009 for the first time since 1982.
  • Father, Andre Jones, was a defensive end at Notre Dame from 1987-91 and played on the 1988 Notre Dame national championship team. Also played six games for the Lions as a rookie in 1992.
    • Godfather is former Notre Dame standout Raghib “Rocket” Ismail.
  • Originally born in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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