Marvin Jones spent a good 10 minutes after the Detroit Lions’ joint practice Wednesday with the Jacksonville Jaguars catching up with old teammates, and for Jones, the reunion wasn’t confined to after the final horn.
Jaguars coach Doug Pederson wandered over to Jones when both were free during a special teams period late in practice, and Jones said a couple Jaguars players — some of whom affectionately call him “O.G.” because of his longevity in the league — tried chopping it up on the practice field after plays.
“It’s hard not to be like, ‘Hey,’ after every play,” Jones said. “Everybody be like, ‘Hey, bro?’ They’re having full conversations, I be like, ‘Oh, I got to get in the huddle.’ But nah, it’s fun to see them. Obviously, we’ve been through a lot over there and ended great there and I’ve been here, too, and it’s the same. It’s just good to be around.”
Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. runs a pass route during the Lions’ joint practice with the Jaguars on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023, in Allen Park.
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Jones had five good seasons for the Lions in 2016-20 then left as a free agent and spent the past two years with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
He saw some of the worst in both places; he played his final three seasons in Detroit under Matt Patricia and his first in Jacksonville under Urban Meyer. But Jones also experienced Jacksonville’s revival under Pederson last year and is enjoying the new Lions vibe under Dan Campbell this fall.
At 33 years old and entering his 12th NFL season, it’s clear how much respect Jones has from people across the league.
“Oh man, can’t say enough great things about Marvin,” Pederson said. “What a great leader. Helped us get into the postseason last year. Came up big a lot during the year. Well-liked in the community and I know he’s been…