For the first time since a frightening night in March, Zay Jones was practicing with the Bills.
The 2nd year wide receiver wouldn’t comment specifically about what happened on the 30th floor of a downtown Los Angeles hotel, saying it would be a “disservice” to himself.
“That moment was very traumatic for me and my family. To go back and rehash that at this point and time wouldn’t be doing me any good,” said Jones.
He added that he’s in a good place right now. Happy to not only be back on the field but happy to be anywhere.
“I could have lost my life,” added Jones. “I’m just grateful to be here. To be on this field. To be with my teammates and to see my family. I don’t think there is any other way that describes it.”
After an up-and-down rookie campaign, Jones’ says he’s learned a lot about himself this offseason.
“Sometimes life is going to knock you down. Things aren’t going to go the way you planned or hoped but you gotta pick yourself up and keep moving forward,” says Jones. “In no way am I going to feel sorry for myself.”
“We’ve got our work cut out for us and Zay knows that. It’s not something that can’t be achieved,” added Sean McDermott, “We’ve just got to continue to work.”
Jones added that he’s in a “great mindset” and confident moving forward.
“I haven’t stayed the same or gone to back to where I was. I’ve progressed and gotten better,” Jones smiled. “As a person. A human being. As a football player.”
When asked if he would be ready for week 1, Jones says he’s not thinking that far ahead and is simply focused on making sure his knee is in good shape for tomorrow’s practice.