Detroit Lions: 5 bold predictions for the 2020 season

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Marvin Jones Jr, Detroit Lions
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#3 – Marvin Jones Jr will exceed 1,000 receiving yards

The Lions have a great starting wide receiver trio of Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr, and Danny Amendola. These three combine for one of the better starting wide receiver combinations in the league.

Last season, despite his primary quarterback missing half a season’s worth of games, Golladay led the league in touchdown catches with 11 and also posted 1,190 receiving yards, good for seventh most in the league.

Meanwhile, Jones Jr was found in the endzone nine times last season and got 779 reception yards averaging 12.6 yards a catch (62 catches).

As Golladay is the primary option when Stafford decides to throw the ball, he should be able to exceed 1,000 yards again. Not only will Golladay get to 1,000 reception yards but so will Jones Jr giving the Lions two wideouts who exceed 1,000 receiving yards.

Jones Jr has already gotten 1,000+ receiving yards in his career as he got 1,101 reception yards on 61 catches in 2017 along with nine touchdowns, in his second season with the Lions.

For the second time in his career, Jones Jr will exceed 1,000 receiving yards and set himself up for a nice contract extension as he becomes a free agent at the conclusion of this season. Perhaps, he may also be able to set a career-high in touchdown catches with nine being the most he’s gotten in one season which he did in both 2017 and last year.

The fact that Golladay didn’t suit up for the Week 1 matchup against the Bears should have set up Jones as the primary receiver. But Marvin only recorded four catches for 55 yards off eight targets. Still, I believe Jones will find a way to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark by the end of the season.