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WR Marvin Jones - Detroit Lions

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

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17 vs GB 62 0 0 0 9 5 76 0 0 7.6
18 at SEA 51 0 0 0 7 4 81 0 0 8.1

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 18 vs SEA (7 / 4 / 81 / 0 rec)

Jones was targeted down the field in this game and had some success on the sideline and into the middle of the field. He was targeted twice in the first half and caught both passes for 39 yards. He sat into a soft area of zone coverage and got nine yards and a first down early in the game. Stafford delivered a perfect throw to Jones down the left sideline that went for 30 yards, and Jones did a phenomenal job of finding the ball, adjusting to it and then separating through the catch point. He then barely tapped both feet in bounds and it was really one of the best moments of the game on offense for the Lions. As the game wore on, Jones caught two passes coming on intermediate slant routes, one going for 19 yards and another for 23 yards. He was targeted on the Lions last play of the game on a bit of a prayer and the ball fell incomplete. Two of Jones' targets were tipped or batted at the line of scrimmage and he was targeted seven times overall and caught four passes for 81 yards.

2016 Week 17 vs GB (9 / 5 / 76 / 0 rec)

Jones has been very quiet over the past bunch of games but was much more involved in this game as the Lions pushed the ball down the field against a poor Packers secondary. Jones ran plenty of out routes on the boundary in this game and caught three of them. Two went for nine yards and another went for five yards. Stafford overthrew Jones a few times on the boundary and it looked like Stafford didn't fully trust Jones and didn't want to risk putting the ball into bad places. Stafford targeted Jones on a slant route in the first half but the Packers baited Stafford into the throw and linebacker Clay Matthews dropped a potential interception that hit him in both hands. Jones ran a vertical route late in the game and Stafford dropped a perfect pass into Jones' hands that went for 30 yards. Jones also caught a 23-yard pass coming on a slant route as he manipulated zone coverage and found an opening for Stafford. Jones was targeted once in the red zone but the ball was thrown into double coverage and fell incomplete.

2016 Week 16 vs DAL (7 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Jones had another quiet game Monday as physical play at the line of scrimmage and down the field proved to be too much for him. He is struggling to get off of press coverage and he had a tough time with contested catches in this game. He was targeted seven times but only caught one pass that went for 16 yards. The 16-yard completion came in the red zone as Stafford placed a perfectly thrown back shoulder pass to Jones who caught the ball while going to the ground. This set up the eventual Stafford rushing touchdown. The rest of Jones' targets went down the field, but interestingly he was targeted three times in the red zone in this game. Jones struggled to come down with the ball when it was contested as the physicality the Cowboys defenders played with proved to be too great for Jones.

2016 Week 15 vs NYG (5 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)

Jones had another quiet game Sunday as physical play at the line of scrimmage and pressure on the quarterback limited the Lions ability to take vertical shots down the field to Jones that connected for completions. Jones wasn't targeted until the second half, but he made a fantastic catch on an outrageously good throw for a 21-yard gain. Stafford felt pressure and anticipated where Jones would end up and Jones located the ball and adjusted his body too catch the back half of the ball with his finger- tips. Jones also caught quick hitting slants for seven and 14 yards but was overthrown on two vertical shots as Stafford didn't have the time he needed to let these plays develop fully. Both passes were overthrown, one in the middle of the field and another near the goal end zone at the pylon.

2016 Week 14 vs CHI (5 / 4 / 67 / 0 rec)

Jones was quiet again on Sunday as he was only targeted five times in the game and his stat-line was buoyed by a 48-yard catch that came on a bit of broken play. The Lions used Jones in the short slant game and he caught two passes on slant routes, one for seven yards and another for eight yards. Jones was targeted on the right side on a comeback route that he caught for four yards. Two targets pushed Jones down the field, one being the 48 yarder and the other on an intermediate route down the right sideline. The ball going down the right sideline was just a bit off from an accuracy perspective and fell incomplete. The big passing play if the day came on a broken play where pressure pushed Stafford from the pocket. He scrambled to his right and threw to Jones who was running open with single coverage deep down the field. Jones was able to track the ball and caught the pass at the Chicago 18-yard line which helped the Lions put points on the board in a very close game.

2016 Week 12 vs MIN (11 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)

Jones has seen his volume in the Lions offense diminish as they've been up against better pass defenses, and maybe more importantly, they've faced off versus teams that can bring pressure quickly which has forced the Lions to get the ball out before pressure can get home. This was another of those kinds of games but the Lions did take shots in the intermediate and deeper areas of the field in this game when Stafford had time. These plays are not consistently going to work, and look more like shots in the dark on good down and distance. Jones was targeted 11 times and only caught four of them for 54 yards. Jones saw his share of Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes in this game and that certainly was a limiting factor. Jones caught a deep slant early in the game for 20 yards and then was immediately targeted for a quick slant in front of Rhodes for an eight yard gain. When pressure caused Stafford to flush from the pocket and climb the ladder, he took a few shots down the field to Jones that went incomplete. Jones ran a great route in the red zone lined up against Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes. He ran an out and up and was open as he crossed the goal and Stafford delivered the ball a touch behind, but Waynes made a great play to get his hand into Jones' hands to bat the ball away. Jones was targeted down the field a few more times and should have caught one of them but couldn't get his feet out of the ground and was unable to turn his upper body to control the catch. He also had a drop on a screen pass and caught an out route for 12 yards and another slant over the middle of the field for 15 yards.

2016 Week 11 vs JAX (2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

Jones was in for a tough day against the tough Jaguars defense as they've prevented plays going down the field all year, and that's where the Lions are utilizing Jones. He was targeted twice in the game, and he wasn't looked at often as the Jaguars brought pressure that prevented Stafford from even looking at him. Stafford did take a shot down the right sideline to Jones, but he couldn't get any separation and the ball was overthrown. Stafford did hit Jones on an intermediate slant route for 15 yards on a drive to end the first half.

2016 Week 9 vs MIN (5 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Jones had a hard time separating from Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes down the field in this Week 9 contest. He was targeted three times down the field could not run away from Waynes and twice Stafford put the ball where he needed to for Jones to make a play. On one play, Waynes was clearly holding Jones' left arm as he jumped for the ball and it fell to the ground and on a second throw the coverage was fantastic. Jones dropped a screen pass early in the game and caught a quick screen pass for five yards. Overall, Jones had a tough time in this game getting open and was almost a non-factor in Week 9.

2016 Week 8 vs HOU (7 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)

Jones had a hard time separating from Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye in this Week 8 contest. He was targeted seven times but was very limited in the intermediate and down the field areas Sunday. He also looked to not be in sync with Stafford at times which is more about the kind of coverage he was getting in this game. There were multiple times when he either ran a different route than Stafford was expecting, or he couldn't get his head around quickly enough to see a ball that was accurately thrown and hit Jones in the shoulder, falling incomplete. Jones ran a few out routes that went complete for 11 yards and found a soft spot in the Texans zone defense that also went for 11 yards. Overall, Jones had a tough time in this game getting open and was almost a non-factor.

2016 Week 7 vs WAS (5 / 4 / 94 / 0 rec)

Jones has seen his target share reduce over the past two games and that trend continued in Week 7 versus Washington. He was only targeted five times but made the most of his opportunity. Jones ran a nine-route and beat Redskins cornerback Josh Norman with his speed and Stafford delivered a perfectly thrown ball as Tate dove to the ground, extending his hands to catch the ball. Norman interfered with Jones but Jones was still able to catch the ball. Jones had two red zone targets back-to-back after Norman went out, the first one coming on a back shoulder throw which went out at the one-yard line. On the next play, Stafford and Jones weren't on the same page and Stafford threw a slant as Jones went for the fade and the ball was incomplete. Late in the game, Jones caught a seven-yard pass on the boundary that went for a first down. With the Lions trailing 17-13 with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter, Jones ran a deep crossing route and caught a pass for 23 yards to get the Lions game-winning drive going on first down. Jones looks like the Lions primary red zone weapon and is certainly their vertical threat on offense.

2016 Week 6 vs LA (6 / 2 / 10 / 1 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Jones wasn't as involved in this game in Week 5 and that trend continued in Week 6. It wasn't that he was forgotten, it was just that the Lions made a concerted effort to get the ball out quicker against a dominant Rams defensive line and that meant less intermediate and deep targets to Jones. Jones did catch a seven-yard touchdown and he displayed great body control and agility to highpoint the football and get his feet down. He did have a bad drop on a quick hitter out to the right flat and a miscommunication between Jones and Stafford led to an incompletion in the end zone. Jones went to the far pylon in the corner and it looked like he should have ran a quick slant and Stafford threw the slant. The Lions got Jones a reverse and he turned it up the field for a three-yard gain. Jones was targeted six times and caught two for 10 yards and a score.

2016 Week 5 vs PHI (5 / 4 / 37 / 1 rec)

Jones wasn't as involved in this game as he was in the first four the Lions played as he was only targeted five times, catching four for 37 yards and a score. Jones caught a 17-yard pass on a slant route early in the game when the Lions were moving the ball well. He caught a few passes working over the middle of the field and scored on a one yarder, reading the play perfectly as Stafford rolled to his side of the field. Jones kept himself alive and working at the back of the end zone and he showed good body control going up and catching the ball over the defender and staying in bounds. Jones did have a drop in the second half on a quick slant that went through his hands.

2016 Week 4 vs CHI (7 / 5 / 74 / 0 rec)

Jones continues to lead the Lions down the field passing attack as he caught five balls and registered 74 yards. Jones did have a drop in the second half over the middle of the field, but he was as dangerous as any Lions offensive player was on Sunday. Jones was utilized on slant routes Sunday as his quickness and ability to separate in short areas allowed him to get open into the middle of the field. Also, the Lions are giving him help, running combination routes and rub concepts to give him space. Jones caught slant passes of 17 yards, seven yards, another for 17 yards and a fourth for 19 yards in this game. He also caught a quick screen pass and made the first defender miss, taking the pass for 15 yards, 14 of which came after the catch. Jones is generating yards after the catch and is a threat at all times because of his body control and ability to adjust to the ball in the air. Jones was targeted seven times in this game.

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.


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