Marvin Jones showed some big-play prowess in his first season in Detroit last year, but he’s hoping the improvements he’s made as a route-runner, and the focus he’s put on strengthening his lower body, will allow him to be more consistently explosive throughout the entire season.
Jones caught 36 passes for 651 yards and four touchdowns, including his first career 200-yard receiving performance, during the first half of last season.
Once teams started to pay a little more attention to Jones because of his hot start, he caught just 19 passes for 274 yards without any touchdowns in the seven games he played the second half of the season. He missed Detroit’s Week 13 contest in New Orleans with a thigh injury.
“I think Marvin started out the season extremely well,” Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said during OTAs. “He’s been doing even better this spring.
“He’s had one of those springs that you kind of look to. This guy is right there on the verge of maintaining that kind of explosive start that he had last year. He’s really, really had a real good spring.”
Jones started the season at a blistering pace, catching 27 passes (on 41 targets) for 519 yards and three touchdowns in the first five games. Over the remainder of the season (10 games), he averaged 2.8 catches for 41 yards and 0.10 touchdowns. The departure of Anquan Boldin should help, but the Lions drafted Kenny Golladay and are hoping for a healthy season from TE Eric Ebron.
Friday, December 9, 2016, 6:41pm
Lions WR Marvin Jones (quadricep, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 14. It looks like Jones will be able to return. If he does, it lowers the upside of Golden Tate and Anquan Boldin, though Tate is still a strong WR2 start against the Bears.
Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6:27pm
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 6:58pm
With leading receiver Marvin Jones battling a thigh injury that could keep him out of Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, the Detroit Lions signed wide receiver TJ Jones off the practice squad today.
Marvin Jones was limited in practice all week and listed as questionable on the injury report after moved cautiously while taking sporadic reps during the open portion of practice Friday. He leads the Lions with 730 yards receiving on 42 catches, but has had a quiet November with just six catches in three games.
Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:13pm
Lions WR Marvin Jones (thigh, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 13. Jones has a great matchup against the Saints, but after producing as the #6 WR through the first seven weeks, he is just the #104 WR since. A thigh injury doesn’t help.
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6:10pm
Lions WR Marvin Jones (thigh) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Jones has a great matchup against the Saints, but after producing as the #6 WR through the first seven weeks, he is just the #104 WR since. A thigh injury doesn’t help.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6:36pm
Lions WR Marvin Jones (thigh) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Jones has a great matchup against the Saints, but after producing as the #6 WR through the first seven weeks, he is just the #104 WR since.
Friday, November 4, 2016, 6:47pm
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6:12pm
Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 6:39pm
Friday, October 28, 2016, 6:30pm
Thursday, October 27, 2016, 6:49pm
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 7:04pm
Friday, October 7, 2016, 6:27pm
Lions WR Marvin Jones (foot, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 5. The full reps indicate that Jones will be fine for Sunday.
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