ATLANTA — Fifth-rounder Marvin Jones has gone from the bubble to a sure roster spot as the sixth wide receiver who wouldn't dress on Sundays to how the heck do you keep him off the field on Sunday, Monday or Thursday?
For the second time in as many games, Jones got behind the coverage to ring up a 40-plus-yard catch, this one a 42-yarder from
Remember when the Bengals were fretting they had nice, competent receivers opposite
"Marvin's a big kid and he can run," said backup quarterback
Jones had trouble early judging the long ball in practice, but he's been improving pretty much every day he's gone out there from the second week on.
"I'm very comfortable out there and that's the result," Jones said. "If the ball is in the air, I'm going to come down and get it. That's what I pride myself on; just being a complete receiver, whether it's short to intermediate, have the ability to make those plays and be explosive."
The two receivers that caught 40-plus-yard balls besides Green last season are no longer here. Jerome Simpson had three and Andre Caldwell one, and Jones has done half of that in his first two games, although not against first-teamers.
MORE RECEIVERS: Head coach Marvin Lewis praised the receiver group after Thursday's game and with good reason. They did a little bit of everything. Green and Jones went long.
That's what the Bengals hope to get from the 6-3 Sanu. He ran a good enough route in tight that he was virtually wide open.
"In high school; he put me on my back. Mike Cox. I remember it like it was yesterday," Hawkins said. "I wasn't going to let that happen again."
SLANTS AND SCREENS
» Bengals center
The first line played the entire first half and Cook realizes the Bengals have to run the ball better (they had 11 yards on just 10 carries). He's hoping they can come out of the locker room and play some of the second half next Thursday at home against the Packers (7 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12).
"I'm just trying to get to the ball and set the tempo throughout the game," Mays said. "It's just me being physical, but I have to be more conscious about whom I'm hitting. I'm going to ask the coaches to see what they think about it and go from there. I definitely want to be aggressive and set the tempo, but at the same time I don't want to do anything stupid."
» Dalton had a good question. When was the last time the two leading Bengals rushers were quarterbacks? Gradkowski led both teams with what would have been the longest scramble of his career if it had been a real game on a 31-yarder. Robinson rushed twice for 18 yards and Marvin Jones was third with that 16-yarder. A back didn't show up until fourth with
"It parted like the Red Sea," Gradkowski said.