Baltimore Ravens WR Jacoby Jones failed his training camp conditioning test and was placed on the non-football injury list yesterday. This has me asking two questions. First, how is he that out of shape after staring on Dancing with The Stars, and secondly does Jones’ failed test affect Baltimore’s season success? After hearing what head coach John Harbaugh said today, Jones’ failed test will not affect the Ravens season much, if at all.
Harbaugh met with reporters Tuesday and talked about various subjects including Jones and his failed conditioning test.
Harbaugh said that Jacoby Jones was real close to passing conditioning test. Jones should try again tomorrow.
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With the departure of WR Anquan Boldin, it is surprising that Jones did not focus on staying in shape. Jones will have an increased role this season and could be lining up opposite of WR Torrey Smith. Last season, Jones spent most time as a kick and punt returner and also found time as one of QB Joe Flacco‘s many passing options.
Jones was also a special teams threat, and that role should continue this year. In addition, Jones will need to step up in the vacancy left by Boldin.
However, by failing his conditioning test, Jones will need to work extra hard to pass it. Moreover, Jones will need to work extra hard in training camp and preseason to make sure he is ready come week one.
If he passes the conditioning test Wednesday like Harbaugh expects, Jones’ little conditioning setback should have no affect on the Ravens season. Jones and Smith should both be explosive threats off the line for Flacco to find wide-open deep down field.