Ex Jaguars WR Marvin Jones Jr. may have unfinished business in Jacksonville

• Former Jaguars WR Marvin Jones Jr. may be contemplating a comeback in Jacksonville.
Sep 19, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) with wide receiver Marvin Jones (11) against the Denver Broncos at TIAA Bank Field.
Sep 19, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) with wide receiver Marvin Jones (11) against the Denver Broncos at TIAA Bank Field. / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Lawrence inked a contract extension that made him one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL. Not long after the Jacksonville Jaguars made the signing official, friends and relatives took to social media to share their excitement about the news. Among those who congratulated him was wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. In his post, the Cal product alluded to the possibility of returning to the Jags.

Lawrence shared on social media a picture contrasting the time he was drafted and when he signed his new deal. If you scroll down the comments, you'll mostly see positive reactions but one of them was from Jones, who says he remembers the first photo and asks them to call him in October.

Would you want Marvin Jones Jr. to return to the Jaguars?

Posted by Black and Teal on Saturday, June 22, 2024

A fifth-round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012, Jones signed with the Detroit Lions in 2016. He joined the Jags in 2021. Expected to be WR2 in Jacksonville, the California native took on a bigger role when DJ Chark Jr. went down with a foot fracture in Week 4. He finished the year with a team-high 73 catches for 832 yards with four touchdowns.

With the arrival of Christian Kirk and Zay Jones in 2022, Marvin Jones took on a complementary role but still managed to log 46 receptions for 529 yards with three touchdowns. He then became a free agent and returned for a second stint with Detroit. However, he stepped away from the football field to take care of family matters. The Lions granted him his release and he's currently unsigned.

Regardless of what Jones is dealing with, his message implied that he might have been done with it by October. If that's the case, he would like to return to Jacksonville. Here's the post Lawrence made on IG, and the response left by the receiver.

Would there be room for Marvin Jones Jr. with the Jaguars?

It's uncertain if the Jacksonville Jaguars will carry seven receivers like they did last year, but Devin Duvernay, Brian Thomas Jr., Christian Kirk, Gabe Davis, and Parker Washington all seem like locks to make the team. That's five roster spots. The sixth one could go to Tim Jones.

The team's brass may want to assess the rest of the receiver corps during training camp and the preseason before making an addition but their options for a seventh spot right now are Joshua Cephus, Elijah Cooks, Seth Williams, and Denzel Mims. Cephus and Cooks have upside while Mims is a reclamation project. Having said that, the Jags may want to have a proven commodity in case injuries strike in 2024. Jones would be it.

Jones has had success everywhere he goes. Moreover, he's a vested veteran who could have a positive impact off the field. Back in 2021, he was named team captain, so his leadership could turnout to be valuable, especially toward the end of the season. Then again, he would have to prove that he's in shape if there was mutual interest in a potential reunion. He has not stepped on a football field since last October and it's hard to tell if he'll be ready to contribute right out of the bat.

If he is, though, Marvin Jones Jr. could be a valuable depth piece on a Jacksonville Jaguars team that should load up on as much talent as possible.

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