Jacoby Jones' turn to integrate into offense

Jacoby Jones' turn to integrate into offense
November 9, 2012, 11:30 am

Where has Jacoby Jones gone?

Signed by the Ravens as a free agent, the speedy receiver was expected to be a perfect complement to Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin.

Aside from his three catches for 86 yards in a 31-30 comeback win vs. the New England Patriots and an NFL record-tying 108-yard kickoff return in a 31-29 win vs. the Dallas Cowboys, Jones hasn't been much of a factor.

The Ravens would like to see more of him and Tandon Doss. Jones only played 22 of 70 possible offensive snaps in last weekend's 25-15 win at the Cleveland Browns.

"One thing we need to do is get a few more guys on the field. Anquan and Torrey are doing a great job, but let’s get Jacoby out there a little more," coach John Harbaugh said. "Let’s get Tandon out there a little more."

With Harbaugh demanding emphasis on the running game with Ray Rice, Bernard Pierce and Vonta Leach for the second half of the season, that could be a more difficult task.

Of course, the run could open up the pass.

"When you got (Rice) in the backfield you got a Pro Bowl fullback (Leach) they gotta respect them guys. Any moment they can sprint out that backfield," said Jones, who has only 13 catches for 202 yards and one touchdown in eight games. 

Harbaugh and Jones dismiss that his special team duties detract from his play at receiver, but Sunday's game vs. the Oakland Raiders could lead to opportunities in particular for Jones and Torrey Smith who have track-and-field backgrounds.

The Raiders have the league's No. 21 passing defense.

"I've seen a lot of zone," Jones said about Oakland's pass coverages. "They keep everything in front of them, kind of conservative so we'll see what's up. …I'll be conservative too if you got two guys running like rabbits."


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