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Jones Looking To Make A Name For Himself With Bengals

Posted by Dan Hoard on August 13, 2012 – 2:49 pm

When the Bengals named Marvin Lewis as their head coach in January of 2003, it caught the ear of a 12-year-old kid in California named Marvin Lewis Jones.

“I was really small and I was watching TV and they said, ‘Marvin Lewis,’ and I was like, ‘What?’ said the Bengals wide receiver.  “That was the first time that I heard his name.  It’s kind of ironic now.  I get ‘Marvin Lewis Jones’ a lot now that I’m with Cincinnati, so I’m never going to hear the end of it.”

The rookie out of Cal is off to a solid start in his first NFL camp.  Jones led the Bengals in receiving yards in Friday night’s win over the Jets, finishing with two catches for 48 yards.

“It was definitely a thrill,” said Jones.  “When you go through rookie minicamp and OTAs, you just want to go out there and cut loose on the big stage.  It was definitely a good start to have two catches in my first game – it doesn’t get much better than that.”

“I thought Marvin went out and played in that game kind of how he’s practiced,” said Coach Lewis.  “We know that he has great physical tools out there.  He plays fast and he’s been able to exhibit that on the field.”

When the Bengals drafted Jones in the fifth round this year, NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock called it a steal since he had Marvin graded as a third round pick.  Rob Rang from CBSSports.com, wrote that Jones could pay “surprising dividends.”

“At least partially due to poor play at the quarterback position, Jones didn’t generate a great deal of buzz a year ago in the Pac-12,” wrote Rang.  “Given an opportunity at the Senior Bowl, however, Jones was spectacular, demonstrating the straight-line speed, balance and quick feet as a route-runner, body control to contort to poorly thrown passes, and soft hands to develop into a legitimate NFL starting receiver.”

“It was a little bit frustrating,” said Jones when asked about the draft.  “I expected to go higher than I did, but once I got the call that all changed.  It’s not how you get here, it’s all about the opportunity that you have and trying to capitalize on it.  That’s how I took it – I’m here and I’m trying to make the best of my opportunity.”

The battle for wide receiver spots on the Bengals 53-man roster is one of the most heated at training camp.  Jones is trying to avoid playing the numbers game.

“When you get up here, you’re just thankful for the opportunity to be in the NFL,” Marvin told me.  “You just control what you can control – that’s going out on the field and doing what they expect you to do.  That’s making game-changing catches and making big gains to help out your team.  Once you do that, everything will fall into place and that’s what I’m trying to do now.”

In other words, he’s trying to catch the eye of the coach whose name caught his ear.

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3 Responses to “Jones Looking To Make A Name For Himself With Bengals”

  1. By mwindle1973 on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    It’s such an exciting preseason! I mean usually we have 3-4 guys like this on the whole roster. This season we have 3-4 WRs like this, and a handful more sprinkled about the roster. The bottom of this roster is the most talented one I can remember. We knew about Jones, Sanu, and others. But we found out about Micah Johnson, Moch, and others during the first preseason game. And it’s looking like we have a decision to make this year. There are some good vets on the roster, and a lot of 3rd & 4th year vets. But we have a lot of talent that are rookies or 2nd year guys again. We have space for some of them, and some will make it to the practice squad. But there are some that we will have to make space for somehow, or lose to the waiver wire.

  2. By mwindle1973 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Well…you wrote the article…he did the work on the field Thursday night. I think the WR roster situation just got tighter. But with the first cutdown 10 days away and the final one 4 days later…time is running out. But I think with SHipley and Whalen not even seeing the field that Jones and Sanu both moving closer to locking their roster spots up. There is another battle flying under the radar here…we have 4 good TEs. After Gresham you have Lee and Cochart who refuse to relinquish playing time to the rookie Charles. But he’s done well when he’s in there. His blocking still needs work. But if we only keep 3 one of them has to go. It’s a hard decision. One would think you have to protect your young draft pick. But then do you cut the versatile Lee, or the young Cochart who just keeps doing everything well that he’s asked to do, including special teams. Keeping 4 is an option. But will only have an extra 2-3 spots to dole out. THis season every position group could claim a need for an extra spot (or 2) except QB & FB.

  3. By mwindle1973 on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, I just posted that your article is becoming a reality, and 20 mins later the article runs saying Shipley is cut. That’s too bad, he had a good rookie season. But this will let him heal and try to catch on with a club early in the season. Well Whalen is probably next. This is good though because it let’s everyone begin to know what their roles will be. And it gives the players getting cut a head start at finding a new team. One question I have been wondering is about Vidal Hazleton. I know he’s eligible for the practice squad, but will he make it their through waivers? To me he’s the clear cut top runner for the practice squad.

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