JACKSONVILLE – Marvin Jones likes a lot about his new situation.
He likes his new town.
He likes his new Jaguars teammates.
He also likes that his new offense isn't that new – and mostly, the veteran wide receiver likes the franchise's new direction under Head Coach Urban Meyer.
"It's great," Jones said this week. "We've been here training, and that's a testament to everybody that's here. It's obviously voluntary, but the whole team's been working – getting bigger, stronger and faster. I just like the buzz. I like the feeling that everybody has toward each other and toward this organization.
"I don't know how the feeling was in the past, but I know the energy is here. The buzz is here with us, and it has been amazing."
Jones, a 10-year NFL veteran who signed with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent from the Detroit Lions in March, joined senior writer John Oehser for this week's O-Zone Podcast. He discussed multiple topics, including his many off-field interests – which included learning to speak Spanish five years ago after a trip with his wife, Jasmine, and her family to Costa Rica.
"I was trying to communicate with people, and I like to talk; I'm a social person," he said. "I like to socialize. When I was over there, I couldn't talk to people. I couldn't understand. I thought I knew a little bit, but I couldn't understand them. I woke up in the middle of the night and I was like, 'Jasmine, I've got to go to Spain.'"
Jones continued, "I went over there and did classes eight hours a day for one week. When I first went there, I couldn't even order some fish. When I left, I was telling the taxis where to go. I put in a lot of hours."
Jones said having played in Detroit under Jaguars offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell the past two seasons has eased his transition this offseason. Bevell spent the past two seasons as the Lions' offensive coordinator, serving as the Lions' interim head coach the last five games of the 2021 season.
"I know it like the back of my hands, so why wouldn't this be a good situation?" Jones said of the Jaguars' offense.
Jones also on the podcast discussed joining a wide-receiver group that includes fourth-year veteran DJ Chark Jr. and second-year veteran Laviska Shenault Jr. – as well as Phillip Dorsett II, Jamal Agnew, Collin Johnson and rookie Jalen Camp.
"It's a great room," Jones said. "We have an immense amount of talent. You look to your left, that guy's a baller. That guy's a baller inside. I do my thing. It's kind of easy when you have a room like that that's' dynamic and can do a lot of different things."
To hear the entire O-Zone Podcast with Jones, click HERE.