Ravens wide receiver and kick returner Jacoby Jones has been recognized as the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after his 108-yard kick return against the Dallas
Cowboys, the NFL announced on Wednesday.
The touchdown return tied an NFL record for the longest kick return in NFL history, matching the mark set by Green Bay's Randall Cobb and New England's Ellis Hobbs in
2011 and 2007, respectively.
Jones' third-quarter touchdown also broke a Ravens' record for the longest return in franchise history, topping a 103-yard return by David Reed in 2010.
"We've been talking about getting a big play and breaking a play like that all year, and we have been close," Head Coach John Harbaugh said. "To set the National Football
League record for a kickoff return, in what was the difference in the game, was pretty special."
Sunday's game against the Cowboys was the first time Jones has returned kicks since the 2010 season when he was with the Houston Texans. Rookie Deonte Thompson has been the Ravens' kick returner through the first five games of the season, but the Ravens decided to give Jones a chance on Sunday, and he made the most of it.
"You just get that itch, and I wanted to scratch it," Jones said after the game. "They did a great job of blocking for me. We worked on it all week at practice. When I saw it, I heard the crowd, that's when I knew I was free, and I just opened it up, and I just ran as fast as possible."