Jacoby Jones glad to be off dance floor, on the field
Competing on "Dancing with the Stars" will pay off for Jacoby Jones the next time he scores a touchdown. Expect some new end zone moves.
"You think I was doing that dancing for nothing?" Jones said Friday after a Ravens OTA session. "I can’t wait to get in the end zone."
The Ravens hope Jones gets plenty of chances to dance. Torrey Smith, Jones, and other receivers are being asked to make up for the loss of Anquan Boldin. Jones rose to the occasion during the playoffs last season, setting a Super Bowl record for 290 combined yards, including a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and a 56-yard touchdown catch. Jones also had a dramatic 70-yard touchdown catch against the Broncos late in the fourth quarter, sending that playoff game into overtime.
It has been a whirlwind offseason for Jones – Super Bowl hero, followed by prime time dancing. However, Jones seemed happy to participate in OTA’s, except for the warm temperatures.
"I’m back in my element, man," Jones said. "If I get frustrated out there, I can’t break anything. I can break stuff and hit something around here.
"Honestly I feel like I never left, I never stopped competing. I went from football to dancing and right back to football, so I’m still in that mode, competition mode. Usually, I’m the one walking around here half dead, but that dancing got me in shape. The only difference is the sun out here. Inside, you’re dancing in the air conditioning. It’s totally different."
Jones looked a little slimmer than last season, but said his weight had not changed.
"No, I’m still 215, I’m just lean," Jones said. "Coach (John Harbaugh) thought I wasn’t lifting weights. I’m lifting, I just couldn’t help it. But if you’re dancing six hours a day for seven days a week, you’re going to get lean."
Other Ravens had plenty of questions for Jones about his experience on Dancing with the Stars.
"They’re all just trying to get me to teach them how to dance," Jones said. "I’m not about to teach – I’m tired of dancing."
That will change the next time Jones scores a touchdown.