The receiving corps of the Baltimore Ravens were called upon to step up today against the New York Jets, and boy did they. They managed to pull in a score and were big on a few blocks after the catch. One person in particular that managed to step up throughout the game was Jacoby Jones.
Joe Flacco targeted Jones, as they connected on four receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. There were a few intermediate throws that Jones caught that helped move the chains. While his most impressive catch was a 66 yard bomb where he slipped behind Ed Reed and another defender for the score, he showed he can catch the drag routes and sideline catches that are needed to keep the drive going.
Not only did Jones bust on the scene in the receiving game, but he also shined in the return game. Jones broke loose from a tackle on a punt return and went 37 yards to the Jets’ 37. Nothing against Tandon Doss, but on kick returns, there is no player more electrifying than Jones; the former Lane College standout averaged 19 yards on punt returns and 21.6 yards on kickoff returns. If he keeps up this production on returns, we’ll be sure to see the “Choppa City Juke” in the endzone, because Jones will have scored.
Jones has been a ghost in recent weeks, and has been the topic of discussion on whether he should be replaced by Marlon Brown on the depth chart. It appears he just needed some time to come back from his MCL injury thanks to fellow Raven Brynden Trawick. Yes, I just put him on blast because Trawick does not belong on the active roster; his bonehead lack of awareness cost our receiver corps dearly. Today’s game speaks to the type of production we have been missing. Going forward, look for the “Dragonfly” to continue to build on the chemistry that was had today between him and Flacco.