CLEVELAND -- Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones is on quite the hot streak.
Jones has caught at least six passes in four straight games and turned those receptions into 96 or more yards in each of the Lions’ last three outings, including 107 and two touchdowns in a 30-17 win over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field Monday night.
“Just constantly working,” Jones said of his success. “It has been great in terms of practice. We have had great practice weeks, just getting into the mode, going out there and doing what I like to do, and what I plan on doing is just going out there and making great plays. That is basically it. Just putting in the work and having a great scheme, a great plan and executing.”
In the first eight games of the season, Jones turned 33 receptions into 515 yards and five touchdowns.
Jones’ 15.6 yards-per-catch average and five touchdowns are the most on the Lions, a team that carries a 4-4 record and second-place standing in the NFC North Division into Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field.
“He is a tremendous football player,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said. “He brings a lot to their offensive football team because of his ability to make acrobatic catches and stretch the field.
“There is not a route that he can’t run and there is not a catch that he can’t make, so we have our hands full with him. Him and that young man (Golden) Tate, those guys are really good players. We have to make sure that we slow them down.”
Jackson knows a thing or two about what Jones can do for a team, as he was an assistant coach in Cincinnati during Jones’ time with the Bengals.
“He was a definitely a coach that you could look up to and talk to, especially when you had questions about things or you were feeling down,” Jones said. “During the season, you definitely could go to him and he will always tell you what is real. He tells you what you need to hear as opposed to sugarcoating it or beating around the bush, which typically happens a lot. Hue kept it real, so it was great being with him.”
Jones is going against a Browns pass defense that has allowed 229.2 passing yards and 25.2 points per game. While 17th against the pass, the Browns are the fifth-worst defense in the league in terms of points allowed.
“They are a hardnosed group,” Jones said. “They definitely come out to play. They have been in some great games, a lot of close games. They are definitely not to be taken lightly. We won’t and we are going to expect a hard-fought game.”