Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marvin Jones is easy to root for

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. (11) at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. (11) at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports /

The Jacksonville Jaguars haven’t had one of their players make the Pro Bowl since 2019 but the roster hasn’t been fully devoid of talent. There have been a few bright spots, among them are running back James Robinson and cornerback Tyson Campbell. Similarly, wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. made a positive impact in 2021 and was recently named someone to root for.

Jim Trotter of NFL Media recently selected one person to root for in each club and Jones was among those he mentioned. Trotter points out that the veteran wide receiver is 0-4 in the playoffs and winning a postseason game would be a huge milestone for him.

"The 11th-year veteran has never won a playoff game, going 0-3 with Cincinnati and 0-1 with Detroit. A postseason victory with the Jaguars would allow the former Amerian Idol tryout to hit a new high note."

Jones signed a two-year deal worth $14.5 million with the Jags last year.  Although he didn’t shatter any NFL records, he became a key cog on offense and provided veteran leadership in the locker room. He was named team captain by his teammates and led the Jaguars in catches (73) receiving yards (873) and touchdowns (four).

Jaguars WR Marvin Jones should be more productive in 2022.

A fifth-round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012, Jones is one of the most respected players around the league. He’s the kind of hard worker that prefers to lead with actions than words, which in turn makes him very easy to root for. The veteran reportedly confronted Urban Meyer after a practice, showing a willingness to stand up for himself and others.

As Trotter pointed out, Jones hasn’t won a playoff game throughout his career but that isn’t a reflection of what he brings to the table. From 2017 to 2020, he averaged 841 receiving yards per season and eight touchdowns. There are many wide receivers in the league that would love to have that kind of productive stretch in their careers.

Jones was often limited by double coverage last season but he should be more productive in his second year in Jacksonville, as the team’s brass added more weapons this offseason. While he may not reach the second 1,000-yard season of his NFL career, his touchdown tally should go up.

While it may be hard for the Jaguars to make it to the playoffs and win a game in 2022, it would be great to see them get Marvin Jones his first postseason victory.

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