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Marvin Jones: Lions can be 'prolific' on offense in 2016

It didn't take long for new Lions wideout Marvin Jones to see promise in what Detroit is building on offense.

"It's definitely complex in terms of the things that are thrown at us," Jones said after working out with his new teammates, per the Detroit Free Press. "But it's good. You can tell that we'll have a chance to be a prolific offense and that's a good thing."

It's a challenge to peg the Lions as "prolific" after losing All-Universe pass-catcher Calvin Johnson to retirement, but Jones pointed to the remaining talent around him and the creative scheme of coordinator Jim Bob Cooter.

"Just by concepts and obviously we spread the ball out and we spread the defenses out, just the knowledge that needs to be had in this offense and the way he (Cooter) speaks about it," Jones said. "And obviously we watch film on it and we pair that with the ability we have, in terms of the guys that we have, you could already tell."

The offense was a tale of two seasons in 2015, with Detroit scoring fewer than 20 points in eight of its first 10 games. The Lions sprung to life from there, averaging 28.3 points per tilt over their final six outings. Cooter earned his paycheck by helping quarterback Matthew Stafford finish the year on a high note.

The potential is certainly there: Jones and Golden Tate give the Lions two reliable wideouts, while Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick both can make plays out of the backfield. The Lions, though, could use a power back and more help along the offensive line. It would also help if third-year tight Eric Ebron finally bloomed into a threat.

One day away from the draft, we expect Detroit to add pieces on this side of the ball. If they hit on those picks, Jones could be right about this year's Lions attack.

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