Jacoby Jones has transformed from “trash” to “treasure” in Baltimore

During training camp, Jacoby Jones and I spoke about his newfound home in Baltimore. Plagued by dropped passes during his five-year tenure in Houston, Jones was eager for a fresh start with the Ravens.

“One man’s trash is the next man’s treasure,” Jones told me at the time.

Through his first nine games with the Ravens, Jones has proven to be anything but trash. He’s frequently found the end zone and celebrates like a leprechaun that found a pot of gold.

Four games ago, Jones was awarded the role of primary kick returner after Deonte Thompson fumbled the football on a kickoff to begin the second half in a 9-6 win in Kansas City.

On Sunday, Jones returned a Sebastian Janikowski kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown – his second kick return for a score this season.

Jones’ contributions on special teams have been remarkable – and historic.

No player in NFL history had returned multiple kickoffs over 105 yards during their career; Jones has accomplished that feat in under a month. In his first game as the primary kick returner against the Dallas Cowboys, Jones returned a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown.

Jones’ celebrations when finding the end zone are almost as exciting as the scoring itself. His wacky dances give fans a glimpse into his personality as Jones is nothing short of a character in the locker room and around his teammates.

On offense, Jones hasn’t played as much as many expected. Despite being listed as the Ravens’ third wide receiver, Jones saw the fourth-most snaps among wide receivers Sunday against Oakland. Tandon Doss was third with 26 snaps, as Jones played in four fewer.

Regardless of how little Jones is on the field for the Ravens offense, he tries to make an immediate impact and doesn’t complain about his playing time.

“I just play my role,” Jones said. “When they say ‘Jacoby get in’, I get in. I just play my role.”

His speed and big-play ability could make a case for Jones to see increased offensive playing time. Despite only catching two passes on Sunday, Jones picked up 54 yards, most of which came from a 47-yard pass from Joe Flacco in the second-quarter.

Jones is a team player and realizes he’ll primarily be utilized on special teams. He isn’t conceited about his abilities, but realizes there are few people on a football field faster than him, which makes his role as the primary kick returner even more enjoyable.

“When I was young, coach told me ‘you’re built to run’ so I can’t complain about running. I just do it,” he said.

As the Ravens started their second half of the season with a convincing win over the Raiders, Jones knows that sticking to the basics of Ravens football is what the team needs to do in order to win.

Or, as only Jones could put it, “offense rolls, defense holds and special teams stay special.”

His efforts have already become historic, which means the Ravens were right by signing some of the Texans’ “trash.” Jones he’s been anything but that so far in Baltimore.

This entry was posted in Blog View, Featured by Kris Jones. Bookmark the permalink.

About Kris Jones

Kris Jones
Kris - or "Goob" as he's widely known - has turned an obsession into a career. As a media member by day and super fan by night, he reports from the Under Armour Performance Center twice per week and brings Ravens news from a fan's perspective. His popular YouTube series...more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

 

Hot off the street

Tuesday’s Roundup: Smith & Webb Talk Trash

Charges Against Deonte Thompson Dropped Two months ago, wide receiver Deonte Thompson was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana in Gainesville, Florida. Over the wee...read more

Could Ravens Go “All Irish” Early in 2014 Draft?

The Ravens have done a lot this offseason to surround quarterback Joe Flacco with more options in the passing game, and to provide him with better protection to give him more time in the pocket. Re...read more

“We Will Announce When We Will Announce It”

Sorry Ravens fans, the wait  continues regarding the release of the 2014 NFL schedule. On Monday, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy tweeted the following, much to the dismay of NFL fans everywhere:...read more

Free Safety a Laughing Matter For Ravens?

Russell Street Report’s series of NFL draft prospect previews continues, switching to the defensive side of the ball in this edition. Leading up to the first round of the draft on May 8, several ...read more

Ravens Backfield Running on Empty?

Gary Kubiak’s offense has long been a productive one, among the league’s best. It has also been one that heavily depends on an effective running game. In 2013 the Ravens' running game was hardl...read more

View More