Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones failed his first conditioning test with the team yesterday. Not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things, but it raises the question of what Jones’ role with the team should be.
At the end of 2011 the Ravens were basically using Tom Zbibkowsi as the main kick returner, hardly a name to strike fear in to the hearts of opposing players. Jones was picked up off the waiver wire last offseason as someone who could handle return duties and be the No. 3 receiver. Jones turned out to be better than anyone imagined with game-changing returns as well as three huge plays in the playoffs which helped the Ravens win their second Super Bowl.
Jacoby loved to dance after touchdowns and of course was recruited to be on Dancing With The Stars. Clearly Jones was more interested in dancing than he was with football. The time for dancing is over as we quickly approach the new NFL season.
Some pundits are slotting Jones in to the No. 2 receiver spot behind Torrey Smith, mainly because all the other receivers don’t have much experience. I believe at the end of the day Jones will not be the No. 2 guy, because that’s not what he is.
Jones should remain the main kick returner and be the No.3 or 4 guy on spread formations. His straight line speed should be used to blow the top off of defenses and open things up in the middle for Dennis Pitta, Ed Dickson, and Ray Rice.
Hopefully a guy like Tandon Doss can step into that No. 2 role or if not him then maybe the Ravens get a guy like Brandon Lloyd. Either way Jones needs to stay in the same basic role he was in last year otherwise it could spell trouble for the Ravens.