Former Detroit Lions wideout Marvin Jones signed with Jacksonville Tuesday afternoon to the tune of two years and $14.5 million. He reunites with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell who piloted Detroit’s offense last season.
Jones leaps to the top of the depth chart and will be paired with presumptive No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence.
Last season he set a career high in catches with 76 while recording 978 yards and nine touchdowns, both the second-most of his career. He spent five years in Detroit, where he was the No. 2 option behind Kenny Golladay. Prior to that, he spent his first three seasons languishing in Cincinnati after being drafted by the Bengals in the fifth round out of Cal.
Jones steps in immediately ahead of Chris Conley and will probably take some targets away from DJ Chark as well.
The move provides a nice floor for Jones, provided that A) the Jags actually select Lawrence, and B) Lawrence performs at any decent level. No matter who is at the controls, he should be the No. 1 receiving option for Jacksonville in 2021.
For Lawrence, it gives a dependable veteran receiver on the outside that he can target early and often.
On the Detroit side, this leaves the Lions without either of their primary pass catchers for Captain Kneecaps to work with. It is expected that Detroit is in full rebuild mode.