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Ravens Want Jacoby Jones More Involved On Offense

Posted Nov 9, 2012

The Ravens could use more of a rotation at wide receiver in the coming weeks.

Jacoby Jones jumped onto the scene during his first three games as a Raven.

The free-agent acquisition was one of quarterback Joe Flacco’s top targets through the first three games, and he provided a dynamic downfield threat to the offense.

But his numbers have trailed off recently, as he has just four catches for 32 yards in the last four games.

Head Coach John Harbaugh and Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron both said this week they would like to get the speedy wideout more involved in the offense again.

"I think you’ll see him out there more,” Cameron said on Wednesday.

Harbaugh suggested that Jones could get more snaps as part of a rotation with the other wide receivers. Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith have taken the majority of the reps on offense, but Jones and Tandon Doss could see an uptick in playing time.
"Let’s get Jacoby out there a little more, let’s get Tandon out there a little more,” Harbaugh said. "Let’s keep those guys a little fresher, because Torrey and Anquan, I mean, they’ll play every play. They’ll go until they can’t, so we keep mixing in. We’ve got some playmakers, and we can mix them in a little more.”

Part of the issue right now with getting Jones or Doss on the field is that it cuts into playing time for fullback Vonta Leach or tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson. Jones or Doss typically come on the field for three wide receiver sets, which then brings Leach, Pitta or Dickson over to the sidelines.

Harbaugh has recently said that he also wants Leach and the tight ends to get more involved in the offense, so it appears unlikely that their time will be diminished.

Whatever rotation the Ravens end up using at wide receiver, Jones said that he’s just looking for opportunities any way he can get them.

"I just roll with the punches,” Jones said. "Whenever they say, ‘Jacoby, get in,’ I’m gonna get in and try to make a play when they play my way. I just play my role.”  

The other consideration with Jones playing offense is that he’s also the starting kick returner, and he could potentially be gassed at the start of the series if he runs back a big return. He seized the job in Week 6 against Dallas with a 108-yard touchdown return, and has been the starter ever since.

His snaps on offense have declined slightly since becoming the kick returner – he averaged 28.2 snaps the first five games, compared to 20.6 in the last three – but Harbaugh said his kick return duties are not a deterrent to Jones playing offense at all.

And the speedy Jones said that he loves to run, so he’ll take any chance he gets to show off his wheels.

"A long time ago one of my coaches told me, ‘Jacoby you’re built to run,’” Jones said. "So I don’t complain. I just run. I don’t care where it is, if I get a chance to touch [the ball], it’s show time."

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