Cincinnati Bengals: 15 greatest wide receivers of all-time

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Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals
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56. . WR. (2012-15). Marvin Jones. 15. player

  • 134 career receptions w/Bengals
  • 1,729 career receiving yards w/Bengals
  • 15 career touchdown receptions w/Bengals
  • Career 40.2 receiving yards per game w/Bengals

Marvin Jones has just completed his third season with the Detroit Lions where he has been a huge part of their passing game. But let’s not forget that he got his NFL start in the Queen City as a member of the Bengals.

Jones was drafted in the fifth round out of Cal by the Bengals in the 2012 NFL Draft. After playing sparingly as a rookie in 2012, Jones broke out in a big way in year two. He had 51 receptions for 712 yards and 10 touchdown receptions. That remains his highest touchdown total in a season to date.

While things were looking very promising for Jones entering 2014, he ended up missing the entire season due to ankle injuries. He was placed on Injured Reserve only a few weeks into the season. Jones needed to show up big time entering a contract year in 2015.

Fortunately for Jones, he bounced back in a big way in 2015. He had 65 receptions for 816 yards and four touchdown catches. That would be a personal best in a Bengals uniform for Jones in both receptions and receiving yards. However, that would be the last year he ended up playing for Cincinnati.

In 2016 NFL free agency, Jones inked a five-year deal with Detroit. Through his first 40 games with the Lions, he already has 151 catches for 2,539 yards and 18 touchdown catches. All three of those totals surpass the numbers he put up in his three seasons over four years with the Bengals from 2012 to 2015.

Overall, Jones had 134 catches for 1,729 yards and 15 touchdown grabs with Cincinnati. Those totals aren’t anything close to spectacular. However, they do represent a sign of good things to come for Jones in his professional football career. While his best days are clearly being spent with the Lions, at least he got his start in Cincinnati with the Bengals.