When the Bengals hit the field Sunday for their matchup against the Titans, Marvin Jones went through pre-game warmups as if he were about to play. That would have been his 2014 debut, as he's missed the past two months of action with a foot injury.
Though Jones didn't play Sunday, Marvin Lewis admitted this week that the third-year receiver could have played this week. Cincinnati chose to play it safe, and now Jones' 2014 debut will come in two weeks against the New England Patriots.
Jones posted this video of one of his on-the-field workouts this week, and it looks like the foot is completely healed.
Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is salivating at thought of getting another playmaker for his offense, not to mention one who caught 10 touchdowns a year ago.
"How much can you not use him?" Jackson asked rhetorically about Jones. "He can run and catch. Not only does he take the top off here, he scores a lot of touchdowns, too. This is a fun part about our guys; that we have a multitude of different guys that you can use. When you have good players, you find ways to give them opportunities to make plays."
It now looks very smart on the Bengals' part to not have played Jones this past week against the Titans. Though New England will have prior game film on Jones, they'll prepare for Cincinnati based more on what the Bengals have done through their three games this year.
Jones could very well have a big impact in his first game back this year. He's certainly capable of doing such.