CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 11: Marvin Jones #82 of the Cincinnati Bengals works out during a rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium on May 11, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
During the 2012 season, many fans voiced their displeasure with return man Brandon Tate. Even though he had a pretty productive season returning both kickoffs and punts, people were clamoring for the team to grab a player that has speed and return ability. Enter former University of California wide receiver, Marvin Jones.
While Jones is one of the receivers vying for the starting spot opposite A.J. Green, he was given the opportunity to return punts in Saturday's practice. It would seem that the team felt that they wanted to give him a bit more responsibility after his strong showing on Friday.
WR Marvin Jones came to the Bengals with the reputation as a punt returner who never muffed one during his career at Cal. He bobbled multiple punts on Saturday during rookie minicamp, but he wasn't concerned.
It is a bit of a surprise that Jones didn't do very well with the duty, given his past experience with it in college. But, the impressive aspect of this news is Jones' reaction:
"In practice, sometimes you are going to have a bad day," Jones said. "It's not a problem, but I definitely want to redeem myself."
It's likely that Jones will get another opportunity to show the coaching staff that Saturday's performance was just a blip on the radar and could maybe be chalked up to butterflies. But, for those hoping that this weekend's practices would provide an option for a competition for return duties with Tate, you'll have to wait a while.