Jones garners special teams award again

Jones garners special teams award again
November 14, 2012, 1:15 pm
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In his first year with the Ravens, Jacoby Jones already has surpassed his career total of kickoff returns for a touchdown.

He was named AFC special teams player of the week after his 105-yard return in a 55-20 win against the Oakland Raiders last week.

Jones had a 108-yard return in a 31-29 win vs. the Dallas Cowboys earlier this season. He now has three for his six-year career.

"That’s another one for our unit,” Jones said of the award, his second this season. "All the work we do, I’m talking from the kickoff coverage, to the kickoff return, field goal, everything. It’s a big one for all of us."

Jones, who was signed as a free agent because of his big-play ability, became the first Ravens player to win the award twice in the same season. Kicker Matt Stover did it in 1999.

Rookie Deonte Thompson began the season as the starting kick returner, but lost the job to Jones in the Dallas game and hasn't been activated since.

Since the NFL has instituted a kickoff rule that allows the kicking team to send the ball from its 35-yard line instead of the 30,  there have been more touchbacks. But returners who are able to field the ball also are doing so from deeper which can result in more dynamic gains.

"When you bring them out that deep, the geometry of the play has changed a little bit," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "So you see more big plays for some reason."