Jones caught 51 passes for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns last season and told Larry Brown Sports in an interview last week that he has some “huge goals” and aims to double his stats this season.
“Two-times better than I did last year,” Jones said with a laugh when LBS asked him about his goals for this season. “Near 100 (catches). I have some huge goals. My confidence in just me going out there and doing what I’m supposed to do no matter how many plays I get — whatever my opportunity is — just go capitalize on that.”
The Bengals have a new offensive coordinator now that Hue Jackson was promoted to replace Jay Gruden, who left to take the Redskins job. Jones told me about some of the differences between the two.
“I would have to say the attention to details. Coach Jay had great attention to detail, but it’s even more heightened with Hue. And we love it,” Jones said.
“One big thing is our running. Everybody runs. Everybody runs downfield after a play, helps out your brothers, stuff like that. That aspect of the game is a difference.”
There has been a lot of talk that Jones will be the team’s No. 2 receiver behind A.J. Green. Jones says he is looking forward to having an increased role.
“Definitely,” Jones said when asked about an increased role. “All of us are ready for an increase (in our roles). And I can’t wait to get an increased chance. I’m just happy that (the season is) nearing.”
Jones also said it’s the team’s mindset and goal to repeat as AFC North champions.
If you’re playing fantasy football and looking for a good, fairly late-round wide receiver to draft, keep Jones in mind. It sounds like he could be in for a big season.