Ex-teammate Dennard on Lions' Jones: Great in clutch

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Marvin Jones

East Lansing — Wide receiver Marvin Jones offered some tips to cornerback Darqueze Dennard when they were teammates with the Cincinnati Bengals the last two years.

“He would tell me ways basically like how to get away with things (in coverage),” Dennard said Wednesday at Michigan State’s pro day.

Dennard, a first-round pick by the Bengals in 2014, said he was glad to see Jones sign a lucrative contract this offseason — a five-year, $40 million deal with the Lions — but is sad to see him leave Cincinnati.

With Jones going to Detroit and Mohammed Sanu signing with the Atlanta Falcons, the Bengals lost their No. 2 and 3 receivers in free agency this month.

“We had a really good receiving corps this past year with A.J. (Green) and Marvin and Mo,” Dennard said. “All three of those guys were magnificent this year.”

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In Jones, Dennard said the Lions are getting a great character guy who smiles and laughs all the time. He was highly competitive in practice, and Dennard thought that showed up in games.

Dennard said one of the impressive things about Jones is his ability to make a critical fourth down catch, noting a late fourth-quarter conversion during the Bengals’ playoff loss to the Steelers. Jones’ nine-yard catch on fourth-and-2 helped Cincinnati drive to the go-ahead touchdown at the time.

Jones last year had 65 catches for 816 yards, including 13 catches of 20-plus yards.

“I like him a lot,” Dennard said. “Obviously he can blow the top off a defense.”