NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 21: Jacoby Jones #12 of the Houston Texans is tackled by Anthony Waters #59 of the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on August 21 2010 in New Orleans Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
The Ravens have shown confidence in their stable of young receivers so far in the 2012 off season. They neglected to sign any free agent receivers during the usual free agent signing period and neglected to draft a receiver in a draft that was heavy with them.
When asked about their plans for the third receiver position the Ravens brass has repeatedly stated that they are happy with the players they currently have on their roster. So, why then did the team entertain free agent wide out Jacoby Jones last week?
Jones has always been a bit of a disappointment as a receiver in the NFL. Last season Jones hauled in 31 catches for 512 yards and two touchdown. Not great stats for someone that spent the majority of the season as the Texans number one receiving option after All Pro Andre Johnson was sidelined due to injury. I guess in the Ravens system he would not see the field that much as the third receiver any way. The team is most likely looking at him more for his punt return skills.
Although he muffed a big punt against Baltimore last season he has been a pretty good returner over the past few seasons. Last year he averaged 10.6 yards per return and three touchdowns as a punt returner.
I guess Jones isn't the last player I'd want to see in a Ravens uniform, it's just that he has never been one to scare me as an opposing fan. The Ravens however, would not be using Jones to strike fear in the hearts of their rivals. They would simply need him to act as a third option every once and a while and do what he does on punt returns. For that, maybe he is just the guy. It all depends on how cheap he comes and what other options may present themselves.