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Breaking Through: Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions

With training camps underway, RealSport looks at the breakout candidates for each team. See if you agree with our picks


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Marvin Jones, Wide Receiver

The chasm of production that has been left by Calvin Johnson’s retirement is going to have to go somewhere, and it can’t all be to Golden Tate.

Marvin Jones was handed a 5 year, $40 million contract to come in and try to fill some of Megatron’s production. By his performance in his three years with Cincinnati it’s clear that Detroit are paying with something big in mind because season-bests of 65 catches and 816 yards is not worth that cost, even on the free agent market.

Even in his final season, Calvin Johnson put up 88 catches for 1,214 yards and 9 touchdowns and perhaps most importantly had 149 targets. Those footballs have to go somewhere else in 2016. Some will go to the running game, some to Golden Tate or Eric Ebron, but Marvin Jones, as a big money free agent, will have to step in and create separation and haul in catches.

Jones has had big games in his career despite low totals. An eight catch, 122 yard day with four touchdowns against the Jets in 2014, a nine catch day against Buffalo in 2015 and even a eight catch, 130 yard game in the playoffs against San Diego.


One of the main reasons I feel Jones will be able to take a good chunk of those Megatron footballs for himself is that he is a solid deep threat. Opposite AJ Green he was always going to miss out on some opportunities but he has the speed and quickness to get over the top, maybe he isn’t as physical as Johnson at the point of the catch – although who is – but he can help fill in some of the gap that Megatron’s retirement has left behind. With arguably a better QB than Andy Dalton in Matthew Stafford, Jones should expect to be eclipsing his career high totals this season and breaking the 1000 yard mark.


Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

Breaking Through: Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions

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