Detroit Lions’ Marvin Jones downplays return to Cincinnati
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
ALLEN PARK — With their playoff hopes teetering, the Detroit Lions have plenty at stake when they play at Cincinnati this weekend.
The fact that receiver Marvin Jones will be facing his old team barely registers.
“I’m just going to see a couple of friends that I have there,” Jones said Wednesday. “But other than that, it’s no significance.”
Jones spent his first four years in the NFL with the Bengals before signing with Detroit in 2016. Sunday’s game will be his first back in Cincinnati, but he doesn’t see a lot of nostalgia in the matchup, although he does keep in touch with some of the guys he played with.
“We’re always on the group text, every week,” Jones said. “Me, Mohamed Sanu, A.J. (Green), Andrew Hawkins.”
Of that foursome, only Green is still with Cincinnati, which may explain why this game isn’t that personal to Jones. The move to Detroit has worked out fine for him. He arrived just after the Lions lost Calvin Johnson to retirement, and in his first season in Detroit, Jones caught 55 passes for 930 yards, the yards a career high.
With two games to go, he has 54 receptions for 970 yards.
Detroit (8-6) is running out of time to make up ground in the playoff race, but the passing game has been doing its part. In fact, the Lions have largely withstood the loss of Johnson before last season. Golden Tate has 82 catches this season, and Jones leads the team in yards receiving.