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Marvin Jones: Lions have tools to be NFL’s top offense

Dec 11, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones (11) takes the field prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones is remaining optimistic about his team’s offensive abilities going into next season, especially after he and receiver Golden Tate put up 1,000 yards receiving this past season.

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Speaking at radio row at Super Bowl LII, he put their potential right up at the top of the NFL.

“We have all the ability to be the best in the league,” Jones said. “We have all the tools.”

Detroit’s offense ranked fifth overall in the NFL in receiving yards with 4,470 in 2017. However, their running game was among the league’s worst.

Next season, the Lions offensive schemes will once again be coming from offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, whom the Lions are expected to retain despite there being a new head coach.

“With our second year, you seen a lot of improvement,” Jones continued. “You seen a lot of continuity within all of us, cause it was all of our first year in the system, Jim Bob included, so we’re all getting to know each other and stuff. And this past year I think a lot of things were done. It was great in terms of how we connect with each other, what we expect and stuff like that, and he’s great at doing it, so it’s nothing but excitement coming forth.” 

The Lions are expected to name current New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as their next head coach following Super Bowl LII. Jones isn’t worried about the adjustments that come from having a new voice in the locker room, and will be ready to go to work.

“It is my first time dealing with a coaching change ever, but I’m a vet,” Jones said. “I’ve been around, so yeah, it’s something that you have to take just because this is the NFL and the organization is doing what they feel they need to do for the good of our team, the good of the organization. Me, I work. I work hard, so it doesn’t matter who’s out there. I’m going to come to the stadium, I’m going to come to the facility ready to work.”

 

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