With team facilities still closed for player workouts, NFL athletes must come up with creative ways to connect with their teammates, either virtually or in-person. Detroit Lions receiver Marvin Jones Jr., a savvy eight-year veteran, has been around long enough to figure things out, though.
His California residence has impressive accommodations for those looking to get a workout in, including a sand pit, a state-of-the-art gym and even a hill that does a pretty good job of simulating the infamous hill at the Lions’ practice facility in Allen Park.
Jones decided to share the love recently, when he hosted Lions’ rookie fifth-round pick Quintez Cephus and 25-year-old free agent signing Victor Bolden for a set of workouts. Take a look:
My young s @QoDeep_87 & @vicbolden came to the Estate & got #BZN Certified!!! pic.twitter.com/WqHRgx07R7— Marvin Jones Jr (@MarvinJonesJr) May 31, 2020
It’s always nice to see veterans step up and take young players under their wings to help get them ready for the upcoming season. We’ve already seen that with Matthew Stafford, as well, as he got some time in with Cephus, D’Andre Swift and Isaac Nauta.
But let’s also give Cephus a ton of credit here. It takes initiative and motivation to seek out opportunities like this, especially during a global pandemic. That kind of devotion is undoubtedly going to catch the attention of Detroit’s coaching staff and could certainly help Cephus not only make the team with a crowded receiver room, but potentially even earn him some significant playing time.
There’s still a long road ahead for both Cephus and Bolden, but this is a promising start for the young receivers.