The Jacksonville Jaguars signed former Bengals and Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. to a two-year, $12.5 million deal in the offseason. With the signing of Jones, the Jaguars bring more experience to their wide receiver room and somebody who can play.
Last season, the 31-year-old Jones had 76 receptions for 978 yards with nine receiving touchdowns.
Jacksonville continued Phase three of voluntary OTAs on Thursday in Jacksonville, and according to Jones, the Jaguars have a versatile group of wide receivers.
“There’s a lot of people, a lot of receivers in our group that can have different abilities and can put them in different places,” Jones said. “You put Laviska [Shenault Jr.] in the backfield and watch him work and stuff like that. Everybody’s been great, and everybody’s been taking the coaching and just having a good time. So, we’re just going to continue to do that.”
In 2021, Jones will probably be catching passes from the number one overall pick in this year’s draft, QB Trevor Lawrence. At this point, Jones likes what he sees out of the former Clemson quarterback.
“Obviously, it’s been a short time, but obviously, the guy’s gifted,” Jones said about Lawrence. “You can see it when he throws the ball. We’ve gotten some good work. There’s a lot of people here, so everybody’s kind of been rotating and getting a feel of the offense and stuff like that. So far, so good.”
Jones Jr. is also happy to have TE Tim Tebow around, who is hoping to resurrect his career after not playing an NFL regular season game since 2012.
“I’m kind of mad because I was the oldest guy on the team,” Jones said. “Now, he has me by two years, so I have to talk to him about that, but it’s been great. Obviously, everybody knows the type of worker that he is, and it’s no different. He came in here and fit right in, just working and learning and stuff like that. In the back, when he’s not in, he’s looking at the plays and running extra and doing what he needs to do to get this new position going. So, it’s been good; it’s been good to have him here most definitely.”
With D.J. Chark, Shenault, and Jones in the mix, Jacksonville’s wide receivers should be better, which will help Lawrence in 2021.
Watch highlights of Jacksonville’s practice from Thursday: