Cincinnati Bengals: The Tale of Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu

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Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) and wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) and wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 13, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. The Steelers won 33-20. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 13, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. The Steelers won 33-20. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

Marvin Jones

He is an explosive athlete with a hard nosed attitude. Marvin Jones is 6’2”, 198 lbs, and 25 years old. Jones was drafted in the fifth round of the 2012 draft. At the Combine he posted 4.46 40 yard dash and a 33 inch vertical jump. He was known for exploding off the line of scrimmage. The scouting report on Jones reported that he did not do well against press coverage and did not have good acceleration.

Since his time with the Bengals began, Jones has been clutch receiver and deep threat for Cincinnati. His ability to adjust to the ball and his superior leaping skills allow him to out position defenders. Beyond receiving stats, Jones has 145 yards rushing on 16 attempts. In 2015, his best performance came in Buffalo where he posted 9 receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown. When he is healthy, Jones is one of the most dynamic number two receivers in the league.

Marvin Jones has been very active in the Cincinnati community. He has appeared at various Greater Cincinnati events hosted by Play60, the American Heart Association, and the Boys and Girls Club. He has also made stops at several local schools this season to include a visit to Cooper High School just outside of Florence, KY back in November. Marvin Jones has become a fan favorite in Cincinnati for his performances on the field and his kind heart off the field.

It will be a tough task to retain Jones who is currently seeking a $7million a year contract. It’s a high price tag for a number two receiver, though Jones does warrant the increase given skills and resume. A $7 million dollar contract would bring Jones from being 171 ranked WR in terms of pay to within the top 20. With this in mind, Cincinnati would be paying their number two WR the salary of many teams top wide outs. The question will be, can the Bengals meet his demands with handicapping the team in other capacities.

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