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The Ravens are bringing back Edgar Jones, the jack-of-all-trades who spent three-plus seasons with Baltimore before being waived more than a year ago.
He’ll step into a key special teams position vacated by linebacker Prescott Burgess, who was moved to injured reserve Tuesday after suffering a thigh injury last Sunday.
Jones has done well in that role. He logged two special teams tackles in five games for the Ravens last year, and a career-high 19 in 2009.
Jones saw the Ravens surrendered a punt return for a touchdown last weekend against the Arizona Cardinals. He said he’s here to provide stability to a young special teams unit, and feels it won’t be an issue starting with Pittsburgh.
“Special teams is just like getting back on the bicycle,” he said. “With special teams, there’s really no room for error. You only get so many plays, you so you have to make sure every single play you dominate.”
The 6-foot-3, 262-pounder is a good, versatile athlete. He played outside linebacker/defensive end, tight end and fullback for the Ravens during his tenure. He’ll be a linebacker/defensive end this time around, Head Coach John Harbaugh said.
Jones was waived by Baltimore in late October last year when safety Ed Reed and linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo came off the physically unable to perform list.
He was last with the Washington Redskins, but did not make their final 2011 roster.
Jones was a pass-rushing defensive end at Southeast Missouri, and was the only undrafted rookie free agent to make the Ravens’ roster in 2007.
“It’s a good feeling; I always felt like this was home for me,” Jones said. “Of course when the guys saw me back they welcomed me and talked trash to me. That’s their way of giving me a hug. I feel like it’s my first girlfriend.”