Marvin Jones made a play in Sunday’s Packers-Lions game that had many wondering whether the officials made the right call.
Late in Detroit’s 31-24 loss to Green Bay, Matthew Stafford threw a pass deep down the left sideline for Jones. The pass was ruled incomplete, but the Lions challenged the call.
Here is the play.
The ruling on the field stood, costing Detroit a timeout. The Lions were able to score on the drive to make it 28-21 Green Bay.
Many people watching the game thought the call should have been ruled as a catch for Jones.
At least Detroit got the touchdown on the drive, though it took a few more minutes of clock time to get there. Jones finished with four catches for 48 yards and probably would have liked to have the extra stats. Stafford ended up leaving with an injury.
This should be a familiar feeling for Lions fans, as calls always seem to go against them.
Marlo, the son of Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones, has died, he and the team announced on Saturday.
The Lions shared the tragic news in a statement:
Marvin Jones also posted a note on Instagram sharing the sad news.
“Yesterday the Lord called home a piece of my family’s heart, Marlo. It is hard to believe that our little angel, our fighter from day one, our son “Marlito” has unfortunately passed away and is no longer here with us. Marlo, the joy that you brought to us everyday, with that smile, and that energy was like heaven on earth. You will always be in our hearts. We will always remember you. We did not get the chance to hear your first words (It would’ve been in Spanish too) . We didn’t get to see you run with your brothers and sister, you ran with them with your eyes everyday. We know that everything that We do from here on out will be with you. Every step we take, you will be with us. Whenever we have a bad day, We will think of your smile. We miss you already buddy and will forever love you. Rest peacefully our sweet baby boy. You have gained your wings.”
Marlo was the youngest of Jones’ five children.
Marlo was born this year.
Jones called his son a “fighter from day one.”
Jones, 29, has 62 catches for 779 and six touchdowns this season. He was placed on injured reserve earlier this month with an ankle injury.
The Detroit Lions, already short on quality at the wide receiver position, got some good news on Marvin Jones on Monday.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Jones avoided a major ACL and PCL injury during Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, but did endure a bone bruise. For the moment, his status is day-to-day.
The 28-year-old receiver has 35 catches for 508 yards this season, with five of those receptions going for touchdowns.
Jones was injured Sunday, though he tried to talk his way back into the game. Ultimately, this isn’t anywhere near as serious as it could be, and it doesn’t sound like he’ll miss much time, if any at all.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. is not having Darren Rovell’s business critiques.
Things started out innocently enough for Jones, who shared on Twitter that he and his wife are becoming franchisees of cake shop Nothing Bundt Cakes, with their location in metro Detroit opening soon.
Rovell, ESPN’s sports business reporter, swooped in with some questions about Jones and his wife’s business venture.
What Rovell may not have been expecting was a quick response from Jones, who was very much not having it.
Jones won a lot of praise on Twitter for talking back to Rovell, whose brand of sports business reporting tends to be on the unpopular side, to say the least. Undeterred, Rovell argued that he was simply commenting on franchising and not specifically Jones’s case — while noting his credentials.
There are a lot of people — fans, athletes, and businesspeople alike — who find Rovell’s persona to be extremely grating. It looks like we can add Jones to the list.
Week 10 saw one of the NFL’s two remaining winless teams get a much-needed victory, plus a myriad of upsets or near-upsets, and some top performances. We also saw stars and teams struggle in unexpected fashion as the playoff race really begins to heat up.
Here are the 15 biggest disappointments from NFL Week 10.
Buffalo Bills’ defense
A once-promising Bills season is headed in the completely wrong direction. Buffalo has now lost two in a row following a 5-2 start, with Sunday’s home 47-10 loss to New Orleans being a particular embarrassment. The defense was simply not up to par against the revitalized New Orleans Saints, who ran all over Buffalo’s hapless defense. New Orleans put up 482 total yards, with 298 of those yards on the ground — a remarkable total for the Saints. They also rushed for six scores. Buffalo never had a chance with the way things went for the defense.
Broncos’ special teams
The Broncos have seen their offense struggle lately and, particularly last week against Philadelphia, their defense as well. Why not add the special teams to the equation? In the first half against New England alone on Sunday night, Isaiah McKenzie muffed a punt, which led to six points. They then allowed a 103-yard kick return for a touchdown. As if that weren’t enough, a blocked punt in the second quarter set up New England for another touchdown. Denver’s special teams hasn’t been good this year, but they were more or less directly responsible for New England’s first half performance. Stopping Tom Brady is already hard enough. Beating the Patriots after making so many special teams errors is nearly impossible.
NFL contracts are often a hot-button issue. People love to debate who’s making too much, too little, who deserves more and who is overpaid. Some athletes outplay their deals, while others cash in and fail to deliver. Teams obviously try hard to avoid the latter situation, but sometimes things don’t work out as hoped.
With all of that in mind, here’s a look at the worst contract on every NFL team.
Arizona Cardinals – Jermaine Gresham, tight end
The Cardinals put an emphasis on re-signing tight end Jermaine Gresham and as a result, may have drastically over-paid for him. He hasn’t had over 460 yards receiving since 2012, has seen his catch rate hover around 60% in each of the previous two seasons and hasn’t scored more than two touchdowns since 2014. Those are mediocre numbers at best for a player signed to a four-year, $28 million contract with $16.5 million guaranteed.
Atlanta Falcons – Brooks Reed, defensive end
Brooks Reed is not exactly a bad player — he’s a high-motor guy who plays a very defined role. Of course, when the Falcons signed him to a five-year, $22 million deal in 2015 they expected much more. Instead, what they’ve gotten for $9 million guaranteed is 42 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble in 28 games.
Baltimore Ravens – Joe Flacco, quarterback
When the Ravens signed Joe Flacco to a monstrous $120.6 million deal in 2013, many foresaw potential issues looming. However, at the time, Flacco was coming off of a magical postseason run that culminated with a Super Bowl XLVII victory. He had earned his money. But in 2016, facing a massive cap number, Baltimore was forced to extend Flacco with a three-year, $66.4 million deal. Now under contract through 2021, Flacco has cap hits above $24 million beginning next year and throughout the remainder of his deal, large dead cap numbers that render him uncuttable and guarantees that make him untradeable. Arguably, it’s the worst contract in the NFL.
Week 3 of the NFL regular season is now officially in the books and it provided a whole lot of excitement. There were several emotionally-charged games across the league that spurred on impressive individual performances.
With that in mind, here’s a look at five players who stood out above the rest and dominated on an individual level.
5. Dustin Hopkins (kicker, Washington Redskins)
A kicker?! Yes, a kicker.
Dustin Hopkins deserves his due because without him, the Redskins would be 0-3 in the NFC East with two divisional losses, and their season would be all but over. However, thanks to his five field goals and two extra points totaling 17 points, Washington will live to fight another day.
“Dustin Hopkins and the field goal team did a great job,” quarterback Kirk Cousins told reporters after the game.
By the time his day was done, Hopkins had connected on field goals of 49 yards, 33 yards, 45 yards, 25 yards and, with only 1:51 remaining, the eventual game-winner from 37 yards out.
Obviously the Skins would prefer to score touchdowns rather than settle for field goals, but that’s just how things shook out on Sunday. And Hopkins’ perfection ultimately saved their skin.
Final line: 5/5 on field goals and 2/2 on extra points for 17 points.
4. Shane Ray (linebacker, Denver Broncos)
The job of primary receiver for the Detroit Lions is there to be won if someone steps up and takes it. One of the team’s new additions is reportedly doing just that.
According to Kyle Meinke of MLive, wide receiver Marvin Jones is looking like Matthew Stafford’s preferred passing option. During a joint practice with Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Jones was targeted by Stafford with seven of the 14 passes he threw, and the receiver caught six of them.
Stafford admitted that he and Jones are developing something of a rapport.
“Yeah, I think so,” Stafford said when asked if the two were developing good chemistry. “There’s a ton of work to be done between now and the season opener. That’s what these days are for.”
Perhaps this is the reason Stafford believes the Lions will be tougher to play against without Calvin Johnson. They have a variety of options instead of one obvious primary target, though Jones is looking like the real deal early in camp.
The Detroit Lions wasted no time bolstering their receiving corps in the wake of Calvin Johnson’s retirement announcement, as one of the top free agents on the market is set to sign with the team.
Dianna Marie Russini of ESPN reports that Marvin Jones is has agreed to sign with the Lions. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Jones will get roughly $8 million per year from his new team.
Jones caught 65 passes for 816 yards — both career highs — and four touchdowns with the Cincinnati Bengals last season. The 25-year-old was the second option in the passing game behind A.J. Green, so it will be interesting to see how he handles being the top guy in Detroit.
Jones was arguably the best free agent receiver available after the Chicago Bears used the franchise tag on Alshon Jeffery. He won’t replace Megatron, but his signing is a step in the right direction for Detroit.
The Bengals and Steelers will face off on Sunday for the second time this season in a very important AFC North matchup. If Cincinnati wins, the division title is theirs. Should Pittsburgh win and avoid the season sweep, the final three weeks of the season will be even more interesting.
According to Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones, there will be blood.
“It’s going to be bloody on both sides,” Jones told reporters Wednesday, per Coley Harvey of ESPN.com. “We expect that.”
AFC North showdowns have a tendency to get physical. With the Ravens out of the hunt and decimated by injuries, Sunday’s game is as good as it’s going to get. To make matters even more interesting, the Bengals have only swept the Steelers once under coach Marvin Lewis. Pittsburgh has swept Cincy six times.
Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick sees no need to throw around the “just another game” cliche for this particular contest.
“It’s special,” Kirkpatrick said. “If anybody tells you it’s not special, then they’re lying. Because we’ve got a great opportunity to do something we’ve never [really] done, something that we can hang our hat on. It’s a special moment, a special day. It’s a day to go out there and win the division. All around, Sunday should be a special day for us.”
Earlier this week, Steelers offensive lineman David DeCastro put it bluntly when he said of the Bengals: “We don’t like them, and they don’t like us.” Kirkpatrick agreed.
The last time these two teams met, two players ended up exchanging threats on Twitter like high schoolers. Don’t be surprised if we see a similar outcome on Sunday.