Getting to know: Marvin Jones

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Marvin Jones

Name: Marvin Lewis Jones Jr.

Age: 25

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 198 pounds

Hometown: Fontana, Calif.

College: Cal

Drafted: 5th round, 166th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012

40-yard dash time: 4.46 seconds

Vertical jump: 33 inches

*Jones said earlier this offseason he planned to test free agency, telling the NFL Network last month that he wouldn’t give Cincinnati a hometown discount. "I love Cincinnati," Jones said. "...But at the same time, I am a free agent. It wouldn't be good for me not to test the waters a little bit. It's just an exciting process."

*Like many people, Jones was enamored with former Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, tweeting a congratulatory salute Tuesday after Johnson officially retired.

*On Oct. 27, 2013, Jones did something Johnson never accomplished in his nine-year career, catching four touchdowns in a Bengals win over the Jets. Three players hold the NFL single-game record with five receiving touchdowns, and Jones is one of 37 players with four in a game. However, that impressive performance was Jones’ only multi-touchdown game.

*Jones was college teammates with former Lions running back Jahvid Best and wide receiver Jeremy Ross. Jones improved his receiving totals each year of college, including 62 catches for 846 yards as a senior when he was the No. 2 option behind current Chargers receiver Keenan Allen.

*Jones and his wife, Jazmyn, have three sons, Marvin III, Mareon and Murrell. The couple had Marvin III when Jones was 18 and a freshman in college.

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