5. Marvin Jones – Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver
The Jaguars refrained from making splash signings in free agency and mainly focused on adding depth. However, they did hand a few lucrative deals. On offense, their most meaningful contribution was arguably former Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr., who agreed to a two-year deal worth $12.5 million.
Although Jones has never been a number-one wide receiver over his eight-year career, he’s been a reliable target and a solid number-two. He’s posted a 1,000-yard season just once but he’s scored 32 touchdowns in the last four seasons. The California product will most likely start opposite DJ Chark Jr. in Week 1. He will probably fall short of the 1,000-yard mark once again but he will play a key role on the Jags’ offense nonetheless. Unless he begins to slow down, that is.
Jones is 31 and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down but how long will it be before he does? The fact he wasn’t able to secure a bigger deal this offseason could indicate it may happen at any moment. Now, the Jaguars believe the 2012 fifth-round pick still has plenty of gas left in the tank. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have signed him. However, this is a situation worth monitoring. He’s missed ten weeks over the last three years, none of them in 2020, so there’s a good chance he doesn’t appear in all 17 games this upcoming season.
Nobody is trying to jinx Jones. In fact, it would be great to see him earn a Pro Bowl designation in 2021. However, the team needs to have realistic expectations and the veteran could lose a step any time soon.