3 players to freshen up Ravens' offense

3 players to freshen up Ravens' offense
December 12, 2012, 9:45 am
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With Jim Caldwell taking over the play-calling duties for the Ravens Sunday vs. the Denver Broncos, some players could find themselves getting more attention or getting used differently than they were under the recently fired Cam Cameron. After a Nov. 4 game at the Cleveland Browns, QB Joe Flacco suggested the offense was "stale.":

Bernard Pierce: The rookie backup to RB Ray Rice is coming off his best showing in last week’s loss to the Washington Redskins when he had 53 yards on 8 carries for a 6.6 average. With Rice possibly getting a few more touches, he’ll need rest, and that’s where Pierce comes in. Cameron's use of him had been sporadic. But Pierce gets better -- as he did in the third quarter vs. Washington -- with the more work he gets.  If the Ravens are concerned about wearing out Rice, that's what Pierce is there for; to shoulder that burden. He has shown that he can do it.

Jacoby Jones: He’s had a greater impact as a kick returner, but the WR has 23 catches for 312 yards and 1 TD. Jones’ best game came in Week 3 when he had 3 catches for 86 yards vs. the New England Patriots. He has gone three games without a catch and is used primarily down field and not across the middle where he can better use his speed. In the opener against the Bengals, the Ravens attempted a reverse by handing the ball to Jones, but the play was botched. They haven’t tried to mix it up much since then, but with his speed -- Jones was a track star before becoming a football player -- he can make plays in many ways. 

Tandon Doss: Coach John Harbaugh said going into the bye during Week 8 that he wanted to see the second-year WR get more involved in the offense. That hasn’t happened as Doss is scarcely used. He has just 5 catches for 95 yards and 1 TD. In the last two games, Doss hasn’t gotten a single target from Flacco and appears to be an after-thought when it comes to incorporating him into the offense. Doss said a few weeks ago that he's anxious to get involved.