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Donald Jones: 'In my eyes I am the No. 2 receiver'

By Jay Skurski

Perhaps you've read the Buffalo Bills could use an upgrade at the No. 2 receiver position.

Donald Jones has, too.

And it hasn't sat well with the third-year pro.

"You start to see things like, 'They need to draft a receiver.' You see all of those things," Jones said after practice Tuesday. "As a man, as a competitor, I'm out to prove everybody wrong. It definitely fuels me."

It's easy to forget Jones won the No. 2 job last year opposite Stevie Johnson. He had a big impact in Buffalo's memorable Week Three win against New England, with a five-catch, 101-yard game.

That was the highlight of Jones' season, though. A left high ankle sprain, an injury he actually suffered twice, basically ruined his year. The Bills never could find a suitable replacement, trying C.J. Spiller, Brad Smith and Derek Hagan at times.

Jones is healthy now -- and determined to get his spot back.

"I feel like I have something to prove every season, but definitely this year," he said. "... In my eyes I am the No. 2 receiver. I'll conduct myself in that manner."

You can read more about Jones in Thursday's Buffalo News.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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