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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