Wide receiver Marvin Jones will wear a new number when he plays for the Lions in 2016.
After Jones posted an edited photo of him in a No. 11 Lions jersey on Instagram Tuesday afternoon, the team announced that will indeed be his number.
The Lions gave Jones a five-year, $40 million contract last week, a deal that surely gives him the luxury of picking his own number. But tight end Jordan Thompson already has No. 82, the jersey Jones wore with the Bengals the past four years, so Jones is making a change.
Jones wore No. 1 at Cal and No. 3 in high school. Among the players who recently wore No. 11 for the Lions were return man Stefan Logan and wide receiver Roy Williams.
With Jones picking a low number, the Lions don’t have any wide receivers with a jersey assignment in the 80s right now. Golden Tate is No. 15, Corey Fuller is No. 10, TJ Jones is No. 13, Ryan Spadola is No. 18 and Corey Washington is No. 19. The Lions also have wide receiver Austin Willis, but the team has not announced his jersey number yet.
In other jersey news, tight end Eric Ebron tweeted that he knows what the new Lions uniform colors are, though it’s unclear exactly what he meant. The Lions will have an alternate jersey this year, but president Rod Wood also said the team is looking into redoing the color scheme for its regular uniforms for 2017.