In Jones, Bengals look forward to regaining a key offensive weapon in 2015 ... Smooth pass-catcher had a breakout 2013, but never got on the field last season, due to foot and ankle injuries ... Second on team in ’13 with 10 TDs, including Bengals-record four receiving scores on Oct. 27 vs. Jets ... Set team postseason record for receiving yards (130) in ’13 Wild Card playoff vs. San Diego.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in fifth round of 2012 NFL Draft (166th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-12-12.
2014 recap: Missed preseason opener due to ankle strain ... Suffered a foot fracture in practice Aug. 9 and missed remainder of preseason schedule, plus first three games of regular season ... Returned to practice Sept. 29, cleared from foot fracture, but suffered ankle injury during that session and missed Games 4-5 ... Placed on Reserve/Injured list after Game 5, due to ankle injury.
A singular accomplishment: In 724 Bengals regular season games and 18 postseason contests (through 2014), only once has a Cincinnati player caught four TD passes. That player was Jones, who did it in a 49-9 win on Oct. 27, 2013 vs. the N.Y. Jets. Jones totaled eight receptions for 122 yards (both career highs), and his TD total tied the club record for TDs of any variety in a game, equaling a mark set previously by RBs Larry Kinnebrew and Corey Dillon. Jones at the time was the first NFL player since 2007 to snag four TD passes in a game, and no player has done it since. Jones’ scores came on receptions from Andy Dalton of nine yards in first quarter, six and 14 yards in second quarter and six yards in third quarter.
Previous seasons: 2012—Played in 11 games (Games 1-2, 4, 6-7 and 11-16), with five starts (Games 12-16), and totaled 18 receptions for 201 yards and a TD ... Also three rushes for 47 yards ... Inactive for Games 3 and 5, and for Games 8-10 due to knee injury suffered in Oct. 21 vs. Pittsburgh ... Moved into starting role during season’s final stretch, and he caught 10-for-110 over the final two games ... Scored first career TD on 11-yard pass from Andy Dalton on Dec. 30 vs. Baltimore ... One reception for five yards on Sept. 30 at Jacksonville — his first NFL catch ... Two-for-20 receiving Dec. 2 at San Diego in his first NFL start ... Three catches for 45 yards Dec. 9 vs. Dallas, and had a 37-yard rush on an end-around on Bengals’ opening possession, setting up a TD ... Caught three-for-34 in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-13 at Houston. 2013—Played in Games 1-16 (three starts), catching 51-for-712 with 10 TDs and rushing eight-for-65 ... Second on team in receiving yards and total TDs ... Along with A.J. Green, became first pair of Bengals teammates to each record at least 10 receiving TDs ... On Oct. 13 at Buffalo, caught three for 71 yards, with a 10-yard TD and a 34-yard rush on a reverse ... Caught four-for-57 on Oct. 20 at Detroit, with a 12-yard TD catch for 14-10 lead late in second quarter, a play on which he skied above a defender to make catch in end zone and withstood a hard hit on way to the ground ... Caught eight-for-122 with a Bengals-record four receiving TDs on Oct. 27 vs. Jets (more detail in previous item) ... Caught three-for-60 on Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis, with a 29-yard TD ... On Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh, caught five-for-48, with a 13-yard TD on fourth-and-five play in fourth quarter ... On Dec. 29 vs. Baltimore, had 61 yards on five receptions, with a 16-yard TD on an acrobatic, one-handed catch ... In 1-5-14 Wild Card playoff vs. San Diego, his 130 receiving yards (on eight catches) broke record of 120 yards set by Cris Collinsworth vs. N.Y. Jets in 1983.
College: Played four seasons (2008-11) at California, seeing action in 43 games, and had all 38 of his starts in last three seasons ... Increased receptions and yards totals each year ... His 156 career receptions tied for seventh in school history, his 2270 yards ranked sixth, and his 13 receiving TDs ranked tied for eighth ... Also rushed 11-for-116 (10.5) with a TD ... Averaged 7.3 yards on 14 punt returns, all as a senior ... Caught 62-for-846 with three TDs as a senior.
Personal: Hometown is Fontana, Calif. ... Attended Etiwanda High School in Fontana, Calif., where he made California Top 25 prospect list by Rivals.com ... Played CB as well as WR ... Over his final two prep seasons, caught 144 passes for 2349 yards and 22 TDs, and on defense had 133 tackles and seven INTs ... African-American Studies major at Cal ... Has three sons.
Marvin Jones and Keenan Allen, the Cal bookends, play with a chip on their shoulders, glue on their hands and a song in their heart when they meet in Sunday's wild card game.
The fourth touchdown catch that put Marvin Jones in the Bengals record book ahead of A.J. Green, Chad Johnson, Isaac Curtis, Eddie Brown and all the other great Bengals wide receivers is what the man they now call Marvelous Marv is all about.
Marvin Lewis Jones, traded for Chad Johnson and second only to A.J. Green in the seemingly endless line of Bengals receivers with three touchdown catches, is living up to the names.
James Urban, the Bengals Energizer Bunny of a wide receivers coach, loves being on the field this upcoming weekend at Indianapolis when he helps run the receiver drills at the NFL Scouting Combine.