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Cayleb Jones

Cayleb Jones
Free agent
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1993-03-21) March 21, 1993 (age 25)
Dallas, Texas
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Stephen F. Austin
(Austin, Texas)
College:Arizona
Undrafted:2016
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Cayleb Jones (born March 21, 1993) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Texas in 2012 and then went on to play for the University of Arizona Wildcats from 2013 to 2015. After no team selected him during the 2016 NFL Draft, Jones signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Early years

Born in Dallas but raised in Austin, Texas, Jones is the son of Robert Jones, who earned All-America honors and was a Butkus Award finalist at East Carolina and played 10 seasons in the NFL as a linebacker with the Dallas Cowboys (1992–95), St. Louis Rams (1996–97), Miami Dolphins (1998–2000) and Washington Redskins (2001), is the older brother of Buffalo Bills wide receiver Zay Jones, and is the nephew of Jeff Blake, who played as a quarterback at East Carolina from 1988 to 1991 and finished seventh in the 1991 Heisman Trophy balloting and earned a Pro Bowl nod with the Cincinnati Bengals in 1995. Jones began playing football at the age of 5. He attended Austin High School, where he was an All-American, three-time all-state, three-time all-area and three-time all-district performer at wide receiver. Jones played in the ESPN Champion Gridiron Kings game prior to his senior season. In 2011, his senior season, Jones tallied 59 catches for 1,025 yards and nine touchdowns along with three more scores, one through the ground and the other two through the air, helping lead Austin to an appearance in the first round of the state playoffs. He was named second-team All-USA by USA Today, first-team All-Centex by the Austin American Statesman, third-team All-State by the Texas Sports Writers Association and honorable mention All-State by the Associated Press (AP). He also earned first-team All-District 15-5A honors at wide receiver and earned second-team honors as a returner. Jones recorded 213 receptions for 3,025 yards and 27 touchdowns during his high school career. Following his senior season, Jones was invited to play in the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game. Jones also participated in track & field during his senior season; at the SAS Relays on March 5, 2011, he placed second in the long jump with a 20'11" (6.38m) leap and also earned a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.46 seconds.[1]

A member of ESPNU’s top 150 national prospects, Jones was ranked as the 21st-best wide receiver and the 147th-best overall prospect in the nation by ESPNU. He was also ranked as the third-best overall prospect by the Sporting News. He was regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com.[2] On February 27, 2011, Jones announced via Facebook his commitment to the University of Texas.[3]

College career

In 2012, Jones transferred to the University of Arizona, where he played college football for the Arizona Wildcats Wildcats from 2012 to 2015. He appeared in 27 games, making 26 starts and finishing his Wildcats career with the 10th-most receiving yards (1,923) in school history with 1,926. He is also ranked tied-for-10th in career receptions with 129 and 12th in career receiving TDs with 14 in Arizona’s record book.

In 2014, Jones instantly became Arizona's most prolific receiver, catching 73 balls for 1,019 yards in his first year in Rich Rodriguez' system.

Statistics

Regular season statistics Receiving Rushing Passing
Season Team GP GS Rec Yards Avg Lng TDs Att Yards Avg Lng TDs Comp Att Yards Lng Rtg
2012 Texas 10 0 2 35 17.0 23 0 1 12 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 Arizona 14 13 73 1,019 14.0 85 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 Arizona 13 13 56 907 16.2 78 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 25 25 310.0
Career 37 26 131 1,961 14.9 85 14 1 12 12.0 12 0 1 1 25 25 310.0

Professional career

External video
Jones' NFL Combine workout
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
209 lb
(95 kg)
32 34 in
(0.83 m)
9 14 in
(0.23 m)
4.65 s 1.65 s 2.74 s 4.14 s 6.99 s 33.5 in
(0.85 m)
9 ft 4 in
(2.84 m)
9 reps
All values from NFL Combine except broad jump from pro day[4]

Philadelphia Eagles

Jones signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2016.[5] He was waived by the Eagles on September 3, 2016 as part of final roster cuts.[6]

Minnesota Vikings

On December 27, 2016, the Minnesota Vikings signed Jones to their practice squad.[7] He signed a reserve/futures contract with the Vikings on January 2, 2017.[8]

On September 2, 2017, Jones was waived by the Vikings and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[9][10] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Vikings on January 23, 2018.[11]

On April 30, 2018, Jones was suspended the first four games of the 2018 season for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.[12] He was waived on August 31, 2018.[13]

References

  1. ^ SAS Relays
  2. ^ Cayleb Jones Rivals profile
  3. ^ Cayleb Jones to Texas, 13th 2012 Longhorn Commit
  4. ^ *Cayleb Jones | Arizona, WR : 2016 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile
  5. ^ Gowton, Brandon Lee (May 5, 2016). "Undrafted Free Agents 2016: Eagles agree to terms with 16 rookies". BleedingGreenNation.com. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  6. ^ McPherson, Chris; Smith, Alex (September 3, 2016). "Eagles Trim Roster to 53 Players". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  7. ^ Peters, Craig (December 28, 2016). "Vikings Add Receiver to Practice Squad". Vikings.com.
  8. ^ Peters, Craig (January 2, 2017). "Vikings Sign 9 Practice Squad Players to Futures Contracts". Vikings.com.
  9. ^ "Vikings Announce Roster Moves, Set Roster". Vikings.com. September 2, 2017.
  10. ^ "Vikings Sign 7 Players To Practice Squad". Vikings.com. September 3, 2017.
  11. ^ Peters, Craig (January 23, 2018). "Vikings Sign WR Cayleb Jones to Future Contract". Vikings.com.
  12. ^ Gantt, Darin (April 30, 2018). "Vikings wideout Cayleb Jones hit with PED suspension". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com.
  13. ^ "Vikings Release 14 Players". Vikings.com. August 31, 2018.

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