Ravens get embarrassed in Denver
Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones is expected to miss four-to-six weeks due to a MCL sprain in his right knee, according to a Pro Football Talk report confirmed by CSN.
Jones’ absence will put more pressure on a Ravens receiving corps already having issues. Jones played well as the No. 2 receiver Thursday night before his second-quarter injury, catching three passes for 24 yards. He is also the Ravens’ best return man on special teams. He was injured when teammate Brynden Trawick accidently collided with Jones while he was attempted to make a fair catch on a punt.
The overall receiving corps continues to be a problem for the Ravens. Once Jones left the game, rookie Marlon Brown (four catches, 65 yards, one TD) saw increased action, while Brandon Stokley (four catches, 34 yards) was also on the field in passing situations. However, Torrey Smith (four catches, 92 yards) saw plenty of double-team attention against the Broncos, and opponents will continue to roll coverage toward Smith until the Ravens make them pay.
Joe Flacco tried to counter the Broncos’ defense by targeting tight ends Dallas Clark and Ed Dickson frequently, but neither played well. Clark’s stats (seven catches, 87 yards) looked okay, but he dropped what would have been a touchdown catch in the second quarter. Dickson (one catch, 13 yards) failed to catch four balls that were within reach.
Rookie wide receiver Aaron Mellette made the trip to Denver, but was not activated for the game. Look for Mellette to get an opportunity with Jones on the shelf. But Jones’ injury made a bad night in Denver even worse.