The Baltimore Ravens are once again starting to bolster their receiving corps. This resigning of Jacoby Jones speaks to Ozzie Newsome’s commitment to maintaining not only the WRs, but the return game. With Jones back in the fold, Torrey Smith won’t feel so lonely at the top as the Ravens’ No. 1 target. Can Jones prove to the Ravens staff that he is worth the $14 million check that Steve Bisciotti just wrote?
Jones had a rough start to the 2013 NFL season as he was injured in the first game of the season an held out for five weeks in order to heal. Even once he returned to the starting lineup his numbers in the WR game were minuscule. He had 37 catches for 455 yards and two TDs on the season.
These numbers are just okay and not really worth a second thought or contract; however, Baltimore dished out the money because he is dual hatted. Jacoby Jones is one of, if not the most explosive returners in the game today. This is why the Ravens dished out the four-year $14 million contract with $4.5 mil guaranteed.
The Dragonfly was ranked sixth in the league in return yardage in 2013 with 892 yards. Baltimore immediately saw a boost in starting field position upon his return. That is not to say Tandon Doss wasn’t a good replacement in his time out leading the league in KR yards per attempt, but Jones does what he does with such flare and exciting style that even opponents want to sit and watch the kickoffs because they know what can happen when No. 12 has the ball.
The Houston Texans had no idea what kind of gift they gave the Ravens when they released the eight-year veteran in 2012. With that said he knows that there is so much more work to be done to prove he is worth the money and in order to do that he will need to stay healthy and excel in the receiving game. Whether he can evolve into a true receiver still remains to be seen.