The Detroit Lions proved correct the popular thought of football being a pass-first game in 2017. Detroit finished seventh in points scored (410) and 13th in the NFL in yards per game (337.8), despite finishing dead last in rushing with 76.3 yards per contest. That's simply remarkable. Detroit missed the playoffs due to a 9-7 finish and a strong year from the NFC South, which produced both wild cards. For much of the season, though, the Lions were in the hunt. Their downfall was a lack of consistency from week to week. That isn't discouraging Lions receiver Marvin Jones. "We have all the ability to be the best in the league," Jones said Friday from radio row at Super Bowl LII, via the Detroit Free Press. "We have all the tools." We "could" do anything. An asteroid "could" strike the planet before kickoff Sunday. You "could" stumble upon the greatest source of renewable energy on earth and effectively render fossil fuels useless. Dez "could" have caught it. But Jones has reason to be confident, starting with, well, himself. Jones morphed into one of the league's most under-appreciated big-play threats in 2017, seemingly coming down with a huge grab on a weekly basis. The numbers -- 61 receptions, 1,101 yards and nine touchdowns -- back it up. The most telling: His 18.0 yards per reception, the highest per-catch mark of any receiver with 20 or more grabs in the 2017 season.
Marvin Jones: Lions could have best offense in NFL
NFL.com | Feb 3