Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones set a big 2020 goal for himself on Instagram this weekend. Jones announced he wants to lead the league and score 15 touchdowns in 2020, a huge step up from the 9 touchdowns he scored in 2019. He also stated he wants to eclipse 1,400 yards, an uptick from his career high of 1,101.
Just two NFL players have scored 15 or more touchdowns in the last six years (Antonio Brown in 2018 and Dez Bryant in 2014). The last Detroit Lions player to score 15 or more touchdowns was the great Calvin Johnson in 2011 (he had 16). Jones is in the final year of his contract with the Lions and is clearly aiming to make a statement.
However, Jones is closer to his target than many suspect. His 9 touchdowns last season came over 13 games as he missed time with injuries. If he's fully healthy, Jones should have an outside shot to score 15 touchdowns in the Lions' offense.
Leading the league in touchdowns like his teammate Kenny Golladay did last season is not out of the question either, especially if Matthew Stafford is also healthy in 2020. Golladay posted 11 touchdowns last season, even as both players spent the year with backup quarterbacks.
Jones, entering his ninth year in the league, scored 10 touchdowns with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013. While hitting 15 touchdowns will be a tough ask, Jones has shown a knack for getting in the end zone before, as evidenced by his two four-touchdown games in his career. Jones may not hit his goal in 2020, but it's good to see a player make headlines for wanting to improve in the upcoming season.
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