The Bengals have finally found that guy.
Who? The No. 2 wide receiver, of course. Oh, you mean Mohamed Sanu. Not really. I mean the Cal kid. Ah, the man with the head coach's name.
Marvin Lewis Jones.
Selected in the fifth round of the '12 NFL draft, Marvin Jones began hitting his stride a year this year few had anticipated. Through the first six games, he had already scored three touchdowns but was still relegated to a situational role with Sanu.
Then came New York.
Having one of the best run defenses in the NFL, Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden game-planned an aerial assault against a team aptly name the Jets. Andy Dalton threw five touchdowns that day, and four went to Marvin Jones, setting a franchise record for a single-game. Four. Marvin Jones literally beat the Jets, on his own, 24-9 (not including PATS). The second-year receiver also set a career-high in receptions (8) and yards receiving (122).
After a brief lull, Jones presented his rockin' encore in the final four games, generating a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens.
He finished the regular season with 51 catches, 712 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.
Not bad for a fifth-rounder out of Cal.