Marvin Jones feels “no pressure” in new role with Lions

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The Lions moved quickly to secure wide receiver Marvin Jones’ services as a free agent when the 2016 league year opened up last month, giving themselves a receiver who could fill the hole on the depth chart that opened when Calvin Johnson decided to retire.

Jones will be stepping into the lineup across from Golden Tate, but it would be asking a lot for him to replace the production that Johnson gave the Lions over the course of his career in Detroit. Jones said Tuesday that he doesn’t feel any pressure to do that and is concentrating on making the most of whatever the Lions throw his way.

“I don’t have any pressure whatsoever on my shoulders. I know what I can do,” Jones said, via MLive.com. “Obviously I’m here for a reason, and that goes back to the opportunities. Throughout my career, I’ve capitalized on my opportunities the best I can, and I know that’s what I’m going to do. So there’s no pressure.”

Jones was targeted 103 times by the Bengals last season, which was good for second on the Bengals and less often than both Johnson and Tate were targeted in the Lions offense. It’s reasonable to assume that number is going to go up as long as Jones is healthy and a proportional rise in his results would likely leave the Lions happy with the initial payoff on their deal with the wideout.

4 responses to “Marvin Jones feels “no pressure” in new role with Lions

  1. This guys has great hands. Is a leaper. Extreamly tough. And loves to block the running game. Smart too. Cant ask for more. Lions fans wont regret this signing. Will be missed in Cincy. Good luck Mr Jones, it was fun watching you play every week. Hes a pro.

  2. Great guy and talented but not sure how he will do when drawing the other team’s best DBs and double-coverage. He played across from one of the best WRs and also had a threat at TE so a lot of attention was sent the other way.

  3. Everyone assumes Marvin will step right in and automatocally be the #1. Last I checked, Tate has averaged 95 catches the last couple years. Plus he has Ebron Kerley and Riddick to contend for targets with. Fortunately for him, the Lions chuck it around more than anyone, but it’s not like there’s a dearth of targets in Detroit.

  4. Biggest mistake of his young career. Turned down the same deal to stay in Cincy as the number 2 where he would be burning single coverage as AJ Green is always doubled, just so he could be the number 1 guy.
    Gonna find it’s a lot tougher to beat double coverage when teams aren’t aware of Green, and Eifert. Good kid, and good luck, but bad decision.

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