Disrespected as a fantasy asset year after year, he almost always exceeds expectations.
With Jones and Lawrence on the field, Jones had a 33% target share in Week 1 of Preseason, and then 31% in Week 2. Looks like the rookie QB is depending on his veteran WR.
With DJ Chark out for most of training camp, Marvin Jones seems to be the clear go-to for Trevor Lawrence, with Laviska Shenault coming on this past week.
One difference between Jones and Shenault is the type of routes they’re running.
Jones is running routes all over the field, and is being targeted deeper, resulting in more valuable targets. His average depth of target was 13.3 yards in Week 1, and 11.0 in Week 2. Shenault’s was basically at the line of scrimmage in Week 1, and went up to 8.2 in Week 2.
Another advantage Jones has is staying on the field in 12 personnel sets. We saw Shenault come off the field when they were in 2-WR sets last night. We should see Jones and DJ Chark man the outside in all formations this year.
Shenault looks to be a fine PPR target, and should rack up receptions, but expect the bigger plays to come from Jones. If both have a similar target share, you want the guy running a more diverse route tree in Jones.
Chark returning throws a wrench into it all, which is why if you’re going to take a shot, doing so on the cheapest guy avoids risk. In this case, however, you still are giving yourself a solid chance at drafting the offense’s WR1.
I’d add Marvin Jones to my late round WR list if he’s not there already.