Cornerback Jayron Hosley was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round this past April. Throughout the season, the Virginia Tech product and Florida native provides an inside look into his journey of making it in the NFL. This week’s post begins with Hosley receiving his fifth start of the season (in place of the injured Prince Amukamara) against Atlanta, where he learned a valuable lesson in the 34-0 loss. Hosley finished the game with four tackles and one pass defended.
Obviously I didn’t do enough. There were some things I did that were good, but I saw some things in film this week that can get better and I can work on obviously from that game. Right now all I’m doing is trying to right the wrongs and basically evaluate myself.
I’m just trying to get better for this week against the Baltimore Ravens. This is another big game for us. We definitely need to win to get to where we want to be. So I have to do my part as well and hold it down. We’ve put ourselves in this position, and now it’s time to get ourselves out.
There’s not much to say after a big loss like the one down in Atlanta, other than this game takes a great deal of focus. You’ve got to be prepared for anything and everything — for whatever. On a couple plays, I realized it’s not so much about physical ability.
It’s all about your eyes. It’s about where you place your eyes. It’s about what your reads are and what you’re looking at. That plays a key part. And then how you react or how you make a play, you move around, but it’s all about your eyes. You’ve got to see things to react. It’s all tied into your reaction. That’s what I learned this week – having better eyes while I’m on the field. That can help me in the long run.
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After five years with the Texans, Jones signed with the Ravens this offseason and quickly proved his worth, notching three return touchdowns in his debut season. With two on kicks and one on a punt, Jones is the only player in the NFL with that many return touchdowns.
Under assistant coach and special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg, Jones leads the NFL in kick return average (32.5) and is 10th in punt return (9.6). Meanwhile, their coverage units are equally as formidable, especially in terms of the field position battle.
After kickoffs, Baltimore’s opponents have an average starting field position of the 20.3, fourth lowest in the NFL, while allowing an eighth-best 8.1 yards per punt return.
“So, they’re a talented team,” Tom Coughlin said Wednesday. “They’ve lost the three games in a row here at this point in the season, but they are in the playoffs and we certainly know, having played them in the past in the pre-season and watched their progress throughout the year, that they are a very physical football team and very, very talented.”
Jones contributes to more than just the special teams, however.
At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Jones is fifth on the team with 26 catches for 363 yards and a touchdown. With eight plays of 20-plus yards and three of 40 or more, Jones’ knack for big plays suits quarterback Joe Flacco’s touch on long passes.
“He definitely throws the deep ball,” safety Antrel Rolle said. “Definitely one of the strongest arms in the league as a quarterback and he has guys that are deep threats — Torrey Smith and Jacoby and Anquan [Boldin]. They have weapons at each and every position. He can dump it off to Ray Rice at any time.”
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