Jacoby Jones Shows A Spark

Jacoby Jones has seen his role greatly diminish this season.

After his early-season drops and special teams muffs, Jones was replaced on offense and saw his special teams presence momentarily cut.

But in Sunday's loss to the San Diego Chargers, Jones showed a spark. It could be especially meaningful if Torrey Smith (knee) or Marlon Brown (concussion) miss any time, which doesn't look likely at this point.

"He did a good job," Head Coach John Harbaugh said.

Jones hauled in two passes for a season-high 35 yards against the Chargers. His 31-yard catch and run in the fourth quarter jumpstarted a 12-play touchdown drive and helped dig the Ravens out of a hole after a penalty.

Harbaugh pointed to the play as being particularly impressive. After making the catch, Jones showed his burst in running past oncoming defenders.

It was Jones' longest catch of the season and first since Oct. 5. Jones went six games without a catch, or even a target.

"You just wait until your time is called," Jones said. "This league is about patience. When they call your number, you've got to step up and make the play. That's why you're here."

Jones also made his presence felt on special teams.

He weaved for a 72-yard kickoff return during the fourth quarter, setting the Ravens up on the Chargers' 30-yard line with a three-point lead and three minutes, 29 seconds remaining. It was Jones' second-longest kickoff return of the year, trumped only by his 108-yarder for a touchdown in Pittsburgh.

The Chargers were scared to kick to Jones on kickoffs, and employed a few different tactics to try to avoid him. It helped Baltimore get good starting field position, and in the end, Jones still burned San Diego once kicked to.

Jones did fumble the game's final kickoff after the Chargers took a lead, however, and was only to get back out to the 14-yard line.

"Jacoby had big kickoff returns. Could have been better and he'll tell you that at the end there. But he made huge plays for us," Harbaugh said. "The kickoff return that got us rolling toward the end and could have put it away for us was big. Yeah, he did a nice job."

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