Marvin Jones chose Lions over Bengals and Patriots for opportunity to be a number one receiver

Newly signed wide receiver Marvin Jones, who was the number three option in the Cincinnati Bengals passing game, has wanted the chance to be a number one wide receiver for some time now. When the opportunity to play for the Lions was presented to him, his opportunity was discovered.

“We worked to sign Marvin back,” Bengals head coach Marvis Lewis said at the NFL’s spring meetings. “His idea was to feel he could be a No. 1 at another team. And even though he said that wasn’t important to him, it became important, all of a sudden, again.”

Jones chose to come to Detroit over taking offers from the New England Patriots and Bengals, and a main reason why was the chance to play a big role offensively.

He caught 65 passes for 816 yards last season while playing behind A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert in the passing game.

“Marvin’s been very productive for two of the four seasons he was with us,” Lewis went on to say. “The other two, he was injured and didn’t have an opportunity to play as much. But he did a good job for us.”

Those “other two” seasons were his rookie season in 2012, where he played in only 11 games, and the 2014 season. He missed the entire 2014 season with ankle and foot injuries.

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