TJ Jones is entering his third season with the Detroit Lions and is expected to have a more prominent threat in the offense. For the second season in a row the Lions have decided not to draft a wide receiver in the draft. A nice vote of confidence, one Jones does not take for granted.
“That was their decision,” Jones said after organized team activities Thursday. “I think we made a lot of great off-season moves, so they have felt, with the moves they made in the off-season, that it wasn’t a necessary need to draft a receiver. But it’s kind of a double-edge sword. You bring in a guy who’s hungry to get his first taste in the NFL or you bring in a five-, seven-, nine-year vet who’s had some six-plus years over experience than I have. So it’s kind of, you pick your poison.”
Marvin Jones and Golden Tate are expected to be the leaders in the receiving corps this season, with Jeremy Kerley likely to play slot receiver. Jones should play as a backup on the outside. This leaves Andre Caldwell, Corey Fuller and undrafted rookie Jay Lee to compete for the No. 5 job.
Jones welcomes the addition of Kerley, even if it may hurt his time on the field.
“I think he’s great,” Jones said. “I didn’t know much about him beforehand, but seeing how he plays on the field, seeing his return ability, knowing kind of what he did in New York says a lot about him. I think he’s a great player and excited to have him.”
Jones was unable to play his rookie season because of an injury. Now, he feels as strong as ever since undergoing surgery to correct a nerve issue.
“I’m good,” said Jones, who still suffered from a lack of strength in his hand early last year. “Finally.”