What to do with Jacoby Jones?
The dancing speedster was one of the Baltimore Ravens‘ heroes in their famous postseason run. He caught a last-second 70-yard touchdown bomb from Flacco to tie up the Divisional game against the Denver Broncos, now referred to as the Rocky Mountain Rainbow. He caught another long touchdown bomb in Super Bowl XLVII, a 58-yarder near the end of the first half. He then followed that up with a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at the beginning of the second half.
After Anquan Boldin was traded to the San Francisco 49ers, Torrey Smith was promoted to the No. 1 wide receiver and a heated battle for the No.2 and No. 3 spots was on. Jones was given another chance to be a No. 2 wide receiver in the NFL.
Unfortunately, the battle never got real hot. Conflicting reports trickled out often, and some gave the edge to Tandon Doss while others praised Deonte Thompson. Jones, conversely, was hardly ever mentioned, it seemed. Obviously he hadn’t been wowing anybody in OTAs and training camp.
Sadly, his underwhelming performance has followed him into the preseason. Thus far, he has only caught one pass for four yards. The only other thing worth mentioning about his play in the first two preseason games is the passes he’s missed, one of which resulted in an ugly interception.
With two weeks remaining until the Ravens open the season in Denver, the question regarding how ready Jones is to be a No. 2 wide receiver has to be asked. Can he be relied on to help carry the load in the passing game or is he better suited as a third option and a kick/punt returner?
That question may have already been answered by Ozzie Newsome when he brought in Brandon Stokley.
Jacoby Jones helped bring another championship to Baltimore, and for that he will forever be a hero to Ravens’ fans. That won’t hide the fact that he just doesn’t seem capable of handling a larger workload, though.