Marvin Jones doesn’t have time for nostalgia. Not this week, as he returns to face his old team, the Cincinnati Bengals, and not with so much personally on the line. Jones left Cincinnati in search of more opportunity in the spring of 2016, and he’s found exactly what he was looking for in his second season with the Detroit Lions. He’s on pace for the first 1,000-yard receiving season of his career. He’s emerged as one of the NFL’s best big-play receivers. And he’s a big reason why the Lions are smack dab in the middle of the NFC playoff race with two games to play. Jones, who spent his first four NFL seasons in Cincinnati, said he’s looking forward to seeing old friends like Bengals receiver A.J. Green this week, but isn’t otherwise sentimental about the trip. “I wish I could tell you it has a big significance in my heart, but it doesn’t,” Jones said. “It doesn’t. I’m looking forward to going over there and playing, and playing against all the people I’ve practiced against obviously for four years and stuff like that, and seeing A.J. and stuff. That’s pretty much it.” Jones remains close with Green and several other ex-teammates, sharing regular text messages with a group that includes Green, Mohamed Sanu and Andrew Hawkins, all Bengals receivers in 2012-13.
Detroit Lions' Marvin Jones returns to Cincinnati as a better receiver
Detroit Free Press | Dec 24