Camp Spotlight: Wide receiver Marvin Jones

Posted Jul 29, 2016

Tim Twentyman tracks the performance of wide receiver Marvin Jones during Day 1 of training camp practice.


Position: Receiver

Ht/Wt: 6-2, 198

College: California

Experience: 5th season

Outlook: Jones was the No. 1 free-agent target by new general manager Bob Quinn. Quinn said earlier this offseason that he’s had his eyes on Jones dating back to last October when Quinn was still with the Patriots.

Jones signed a five-year deal with the Lions when free agency opened in March after catching a career-high 65 passes for 816 yards last season in Cincinnati.

He steps into camp as one of the Lions' top receiving threats along with Golden Tate, Theo Riddick, Eric Ebron and Anquan Boldin. Jones brings some versatility to Jim Bob Cooter’s offense in that he can serve as a deep threat but also has run-after-the-catch ability on underneath targets.

Jones, Tate, Anquan Boldin, Jeremy Kerley and TJ Jones currently make up the top part of an experienced and versatile receiving corps.

Practice report: Jones stepped right in on the outside with the first-team offense with Tate on the other side and the newly signed Boldin in the slot.

Jones made a number of fine catches over the course of the hour-and-a-half practice that was moved indoors due to rain.

He made a terrific shoe-string catch midway through practice and barely broke stride.

He made another very good juggling catch along the sideline in a team drill with cornerback Nevin Lawson defending. Lawson might have even gotten a hand on the ball, but Jones kept his concentration, caught the ball and was able to get both feet inbounds for a first down.

Jones scored on a fly route in one-on-one drills against cornerback Keith Lewis. He got a step behind Lewis, and quarterback Matthew Stafford put the ball right on him at the pylon.

Jones commands the entire route tree, and he’ll be a big part of the Lions’ attack on offense in 2016.

Quotable: “We’re playing in a little bit,” Jones said after practice Friday. “When camp starts everything intensifies. Everything gets a lot faster, especially for the rookies. Everyone’s trying to make an impression. This is where you make the team.”