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Jacoby Jones Makes Strong First Impression

The Ravens’ new wide receiver and returner sees himself as a jack-of-all trades.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Friday, May 25th, 2012 at 10:55 am | Categories: Ryan Mink

Jacoby Jones likes how he looks in purple and his standing in the Ravens’ wide receiver corps.

Anquan Boldin brings the experience, the ability to play outside or inside and the great hands. Torrey Smith’s got the speed. Jones said he brings his own flavor.

And what flavor is that?

“Any Kool-Aid flavor, that’s what it is,” he said with a grin Wednesday.

“The more I can do the better; receiver, returner. I’ll play tight end. I’ll play safety. It’s whatever.”

Jones is already showing himself to be a character, and he’s a jack-of-all trades too.

He fielded punts, immediately stepped into a prominent position outside and inside with the first team at wideout during 11-on-11 drills at Ravens OTAs this week, and quickly seemed to pick up the offense.

After being released by the Houston Texans following the draft, Jones made a strong impression in his first three practices with his new team.

“He’s done really well,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “Great attitude. Really hard worker, really, really hard worker. Very fast, big, physical guy. He’s done a really good job.”

The first thing to notice about the 6-foot-2, 212-pound Jones is that he seems bigger than his measurables. He’s exceptionally long, and extends his hands away from his frame when catching the ball.

Onlookers can easily see his explosion. He gets up to top speed very quickly off the snap and has breakaway speed too. Jones has claimed he can rip off a 4.24-second, 40-yard dash.

He also showed a good set of hands, catching balls off the Jugs machine at 35 miles per hour just a few feet away – which left cornerback Lardarius Webb stunned. Jones had one flat-out drop on a post over the middle, but also made a couple nice touchdown snags.

He didn’t come in expecting to make every single play immediately. After all, he is stepping in against the Ravens’ defense and top-notch corners.

“Iron sharpens iron,” Jones said. “You get them, they get you. We don’t want me always getting them cause then we won’t have no defense.”

Jones came from an explosive offense in Houston, where he started 10 games last year and made 31 receptions for 512 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 16.5 yards per catch. That’s 0.3 fewer yards per catch less than Torrey Smith and ranked 19th in the NFL among receivers with at least 20 receptions.

Jones could turn into another stretch-the-field speedster opposite Smith.

“He’s another big guy,” quarterback Joe Flacco said. “He looks good, can run, can track down a ball and go up for it. I think he’ll be a good addition for us, and he seems like a great guy so far with great skills. So, I’m excited to really get going with him.”

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