Harbaugh on "tough loss" to Green Bay Packers
The return of Jacoby Jones gave the special teams a boost on Sunday-- and Tandon Doss helped once again, also.
Jones returned after missing four games with a knee injury suffered in the opener at Denver and returned four kicks for 102 yards, an average of 25.5 yards. Coach John Harbaugh kept Doss back on punt returns -- except for one -- and he brought back one for 38 yards and leads the NFL with an average of 18.2 yards per return. Despite the special teams help, the offense couldn't quite do enough and Green Bay pulled out a 19-17 victory over the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.
The speedy Jones nearly broke two kickoffs for long gains. He got one for 30 yards in the first quarter and another for 35 yards in the third quarter, coming close to breaking free both times. His injured knee looked fine. He also made two catches for 42 yards at wide receiver, his long one being a 31-yarder.
"He seemed like he played well," coach John Harbaugh said. "He looked good throughout the course of the week, and we just decided today that we were going to put him up."
But the combination of Jones and Doss could be developing into something big for the Ravens this season. Doss seems to be gaining confidence on the punt returns -- as well as at wide receiver -- giving the Ravens some more punch.
"Any time you make plays, you're going to build your confidence up," Doss said. "You're going to be more comfortable. Any time you make plays, that's going to happen, and hopefully I'll keep making them."
Justin Tucker made his only field-goal attempt, from 23 yards, and Sam Koch had a punt blocked. He had no chance on that, but the Ravens got a break on it as the ball rolled past the line of scrimmage where the Packers touched it, and the Ravens regained possession. But the returns really tried to give the offense a push, something that could help in the weeks ahead.