Will Jones help Ravens throw deep?

Will Jones help Ravens throw deep?
October 17, 2013, 6:30 am

Will Jacoby Jones have a bigger role against Pittsburgh?

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Early Bird: Waking up with the Ravens on Thursday, three days before they renew their rivalry with the Steelers.

Two-minute topic: Will the Ravens have more success throwing deep, now that Jacoby Jones is back?

The Ravens haven’t had much success sustaining long drives. However, the long pass is a weapon the Ravens should be able to exploit. Jacoby Jones returned against the Packers (two catches, 42 yards), after missing four games with a knee injury. Now the Ravens have three receivers with high-end speed - Torrey Smith, Jones, and Deonte Thompson. They also have a quarterback in Joe Flacco who throws the deep ball as well as anyone. It would not be surprising to see Flacco take a few deep shots down the field Sunday against the Steelers, especially with Jones expected to feel more comfortable after another week of practice.

“Getting Jacoby back last week definitely adds something,” Flacco said. “You can tell when he’s on the field, defenses have to prepare for it.

“He just has to go out there and play his game. All the stuff that he does comes naturally. He runs fast, and he gets open. The fact he can do that on the other side of the field as Torrey makes it tough for teams to protect against and cover the middle of the field and cover our running backs and all that stuff. It just opens everything up.”

Smith also noticed the difference with Jones on the field.

“It adds a different type of speed element on the other side,” Smith said. “Marlon (Brown) is a big, physical guy, and he’s not slow by any means. But Jacoby - he’s definitely explosive, and his speed is a lot different over there.”

Smith was held to one catch against the Packers, but Tandon Doss (four catches, 99 yards) and Dallas Clark (four catches, 81 yards) had their best games of the season. If Smith or Jones get open for a deep ball or two Sunday, it could help the Ravens shake their offensive doldrums.

Morning thought: “After six games, we’re .500, and me personally, I think we can be better than that. We work hard to be better than that, and it starts with every man in the locker room to get that fixed.”

- Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, talking about the Ravens being 3-3.

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