Bengals WR Marvin Jones coming into his own

Andy Lyons

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver is developing a strong comfort zone with the deep pass.

Many of the discussions over the perceived No. 2 wide receiver has progressively fallen on two second-year wide receivers Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones. We've already seen a preview on how Sanu could possibly be a red-zone monster, capable of shielding out a defender that gives Andy Dalton a comfortable lane within a box saturated with defenders.

Marvin Jones, on the other hand, is developing a strong comfort, especially with the deep pass.

"The long ball allows this offense to do what it does," Jones tells Bengals.com. "We've worked a lot on that connection. It's all about feel. I think we've got that now. Last year when I first came in from college, it was an adjustment to learn to run through each (long ball). It was important to get multiple reps on back-to-back plays in big games."

Geoff Hobson writes that Jones has become somewhat obsessed (perhaps too strong of a word), watching film on plays that he failed to turn in.

On Dalton's pass from the Steelers 23, Jones leaped over cornerback Keenan Lewis in the end zone and had the ball. But Lewis kept battling and the ball came out as they hit the ground. Then two weeks later early in the playoffs on a deep ball at the Texans 10, Dalton threw it a tad late and it was broken up by cornerback Kareem Jackson. Jones tips his hat to Lewis while scolding himself.

"Those are the plays that I'm looking to make 10 out of 10 times," Jones said. "Looking at it in slow motion, you have to give it up to him. He made a great play. But that's football."

Jones and Sanu figure to compete for the No. 2 wide receiver position, but one has to consider that such a name doesn't exist. It's possible that Jones figures more prominently between the 20s while Sanu rises when the team reaches the red zone. It's a thought at least.

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