May 23, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron talks with wide receiver Jacoby Jones (12) during the Baltimore Ravens OTA at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE
Jacoby Jones has only played with one team his entire professional career, the Houston Texans. In that time he had his ups and downs. His first TD reception was against the Tennessee Titans in week 2 of the 2009 NFL regular season. He also returned his first punt for a 70 yard TD vs. the Miami Dolphins in week 6 of the 2009-2010 season.
Then, last season, against the Baltimore Ravens, Jones muffed a punt that could have turned the tide in a game that either team could have won. The Ravens scored an the ensuing drive and ended up winning the game.
On May 1, 2012, Jones was released by the Texans. He was subsequently signed by Baltimore and participated in his first OTA with the team this week. Jones, being one of the teams bigger free agent signings this off season, had the spotlight upon him in his first practice and seemed a bit shaky at times, dropping several passes from new quarterback Joe Flacco.
"Jacoby Jones had a rough day as far as catching the football," added RavensInsider Aaron Wilson.
WBAL’s Gerry Sandusky. "Jacoby Jones still has consistency issues catching."
It may just be a case of him pressing too hard in his first practice with his new team. Last season's rookie sensation Torrey Smith had a rough first training camp and preseason before he decided to light the world on fire. Jones, however has a track record from Houston of, well, not making the big plays when needed.
Of course the emphasis of why he was brought in is his return ability on special teams. So as long as he hold onto the ball there maybe he can play up to par of his slightly hefty contract.
On the other hand second year receiver LaQuan Williams was said to have had a fine day. According to Baltimore Sun columnist Jeff Zrebiec, he made two outstanding one-handed catches and even got a few plays over on Ravens top corner Lardarius Webb.
LaQuan was thought to be on the roster bubble this season by some but may play himself right onto the game day roster if he keeps putting up these performances.