The Cincinnati Bengals placed rookie backup quarterback A.J. McCarron, speedy cornerback project Onterio McCalebb, and key wide receiver Marvin Jones on the active/NFI list to being training camp. Jones is easily the most important player of those three after hauling in 51 passes for 712 yards and ten touchdowns, and he’s expected to have an even better year in his third season in the league. The Bengals will be a running offense under new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, but Jones should still be able to make his mark.
Per a league source close to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, Jones “tweaked” his ankle during a passing camp with quarterback Andy Dalton, and Florio notes that the ankle was an issue for him last season. It’s a very minor injury, though, and Florio adds that Jones is expected to practice this week.
Even though Jones was injured in a football activity, he hits the non-football injury list because the injury occurred outside of team workouts (like OTAs or minicamp). Jones’s injury is just a minor blip on the radar, and it looks like he’ll be activated in no time and will look to improve on his average of 44.5 yards per game next season. He will be the No. 2 wide receiver next to superstar A.J. Green, though the jury is out on whether or not he can replicate his red zone success (ten touchdown receptions last season).