No. 2 Jaguars player entering a contract year in 2022 – Marvin Jones, WR
Here’s another player that landed with the Jaguars last year but unlike Dan Arnold, wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. arrived since free agency. From the get-go, the veteran was a pretty good acquisition. After all, the former California Golden Bear was coming off the most productive stretch of his NFL career, hauling in 234 receptions for 3,366 yards with 32 touchdowns from 2017 to 2020.
Jones didn’t disappoint in his first year in Jacksonville and went on to catch 73 receptions for 832 yards with four touchdowns. While this kind of production doesn’t scream No. 1 receiver, it was solid when you take into account that the Jags were a mess under former head coach Urban Meyer. Not surprisingly, they had the worst scoring offense in the league last season and the fact that the veteran was able to produce in spite of the adversity speaks volumes about him.
Just recently, Jaguars offensive coordinator Press Taylor spoke about Jones’ value on and off the field and praised him for his leadership. The wide receiver will indeed be an important cog for Jacksonville in head coach Doug Pederson’s first year on the job. However, Christian Kirk, who got a four-year $72 million deal in free agency, will become the top receiver on the team while Jones will slide to the No. 2 slot.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing for Jones, as he’s quite effective in that No. 2 role. In fact, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him thrive this upcoming season, which could turn out to be his last in Jacksonville.