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WR Marvin Jones - Detroit Lions

6-2, 199Born: 3-12-1990College: CaliforniaDrafted: Round 5

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 26): Jones stiff arm created a long catch and run score and a defender fell down on a second long score, but his strong helping of downfield targets as Matthew Stafford's #1 wide receiver is not a fluke. He has a great matchup against the Bears this week that makes him a WR2 this week.

General News (Thu Sep 29): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

Week 4: at Chicago Bears

All WR vs CHI

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Matthew Stafford fought the Packers to the bitter end, and posted a great fantasy outing last weekend with 28/41 for 385 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown, with three sacks taken for -17 yards. Marvin Jones was a fantasy hero last weekend with an amazing eight targets for 6/205/2 receiving, while Eric Ebron (eight targets for 5/69/0) and Golden Tate (six for 4/40/0) kept the chains moving in Lambeau Field. Though the Lions lost this contest in the real NFL, Stafford and Jones won many a fantasy game for their owners. The Bears' pass D is ranked 10th in the NFL averaging 214.3 net passing yards allowed per game, with four passing scores given out so far vs. just one interception and four sacks generated. Dak Prescott wasn't intercepted or sacked on his way to 19/24 for 248 net yards, and one TD throw vs. Chicago last week. To date, Chicago is tied for 18th in the NFL averaging 20.2 fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks per game; they are 18th in the NFL averaging 22.7 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing wide receivers; and 18th in the NFL averaging 6.1 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing tight ends. This is a solidly mediocre pass D, folks. All the numbers highlight that. This is a neutral matchup for Stafford and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at IND 61 0 0 0 10 4 85 0 0 8.5
2 vs TEN 73 0 0 0 11 8 118 0 0 11.8
3 at GB 65 0 0 0 8 6 205 2 0 32.5
4 at CHI PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 6 * * * *
4 at CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 6 * * * *
4 at CHI PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 3 vs GB (8 / 6 / 205 / 2 rec)

Jones was heavily involved in the Lions down the field passing attack in this game as the Lions were forced to throw because of how far they fell behind in the first half. While he was quiet for most of the first half, he did make two big plays. Stafford hit Jones down the right sideline early in the game, and Jones showcased some serious body control and ability to adjust in the air as the pair connected on a 37-yard play. It was a great route as Jones used a subtle move to freeze Packers cornerback Damarious Randall to create separation. Stafford underthrew Jones in the end zone on a deep throw that he forced, but Jones was open and the ball needed a touch more air. With less than a minute to go in the first half, Stafford hit Tate down the right sideline again and he again showed great body control to keep himself in bounds and race into the end zone for 73 yards and a score. The Lions continued to get creative with Jones, running combination routes to isolate him down the field on a safety, hitting him for 23 yards up the right sideline. This kind of play is one that could continue to work. Jones continued to generate chunks of yardage and the Packers could not stop him while Stafford continued to look his way. Jones was targeted in the red zone on a short throw and he made a diving attempt, but the ball had a touch too much heat and went through his hands. Stafford continued to find Jones down the field as he hit him for 17 yards and then again for 19 yards. Jones again displayed outstanding body control on the 19 yarder, tapping both toes in bounds as he has falling out of bounds. Late in the fourth quarter, Jones scored on a 35-yard pitch and catch where he ran a fantastic route on Randall, leaving him in the dust and wide open to roll into the end zone for his second score of the day.

2016 Week 2 vs TEN (11 / 8 / 118 / 0 rec)

Jones was heavily involved in the Lions attack in this game as he was targeted 11 times, catching eight passes and registering 118 yards. However, Jones did have two drops in the game and the ball security issues seemed to be catchy. Both drops were easy catches and both would have been first down plays. Stafford and Jones were in sync in this game as they had the back shoulder throw working. Jones ran a go down the left boundary and stopped, turning to catch the ball and gaining 30 yards. The biggest offensive play of the day came on a short throw as Tate made the first defender miss and raced down the sideline for 47 yards. Jones works the boundary extremely well, but he's also a savvy route runner. He displayed that ability against zone coverage, sitting in an open area and moving the chains for the offense. Most of Jones' work came on quick hitting throws but the Lions did push the ball down the field to him against Tennessee. Aside from the two drops, it was a very nice outing for Jones.

2016 Week 1 vs IND (10 / 4 / 85 / 0 rec)

Early in this contest it looked like Jones was struggling to separate from the Colts defenders and he was having a hard time in contested catch situations, but he did make some huge plays in this game. He beat the Colts with a crossing route that went for 27 yards and was helped by Stafford's throw being right on the money and not causing Jones to stop his feet to adjust on the ball. He also beat Colts cornerback Antonio Cromartie down the right sideline for 32 yards with a great adjustment on an underthrown ball. Jones and Stafford looked to have developed quick chemistry in the preseason but they were a touch off in this game. Jones was targeted 10 times, but only converted four into catches. He finished with 85 yards because of his ability to stretch the field, both before and after the catch.


Latest News

Lions | Marvin Jones strong at WR (Sun Sep 25, 04:33 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones caught six passes for 205 yards and scored two touchdowns Sunday, Sept. 25, in a 34-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Our View: Jones got free with a strong stiff arm on one long score and he had a defender fall down on another. He's clearly ahead of Golden Tate in the downfield passing pecking order and should be considered on the verge of WR2 status heading to Chicago.
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Lions | Marvin Jones posts 111 yards in first half (Sun Sep 25, 02:53 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones caught two passes for 111 yards and one touchdown in the first half of the team's Week 3 game against the Green Bay Packers.

Our View: Jones had a long catch and run score that included a terrific stiff arm to free himself from the Packers would-be tackler. He and Matthew Stafford are taking advantage of a Packers defense missing five key players today.
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Lions | Marvin Jones leads the way (Sun Sep 18, 05:26 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones caught eight passes for 118 yards in Week 2 against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Sept. 18. No other Lions player caught more than four passes in the game.

Our View: Jones appears to be the clear #1 target, and he is running downfield routes more than any other Lions receiver. He is more valuable than Golden Tate heading into a Week 3 matchup against Green Bay.
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