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Jacoby Jones Looks to Turn Tide in Return to Baltimore
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Between winning the Super Bowl and turning in some of the most electric performance of the past decade, Jacoby Jones has enough fond memories from his time in Baltimore to last a lifetime.
That means nothing to him right now.
Returning to face his former team, Jones is more focused on ending the Chargers’ three-game losing streak any way he can.
“Honestly, my mindset is focused on getting a W,” he said. “Baltimore was good to me. They have a good fan base and a good organization, but I’m a Charger now. I’m trying to get a W… Every week I think about breaking a return, so it’s not really about revenge or (anything) like that. I’m just coming to do my job.”
Jones has not had the results he hoped for thus far through seven games, but he is far from discouraged. Unlike most positions in football, opportunities are few and far between for a returner. A quarterback touches the ball every snap, while running backs and wide receivers have the opportunity to get into a groove each play. However, returners only see the field a handful of times, and even then may not get the opportunity to make a play based on where the ball is kicked.
“The return game is all about an opportunity,” Jones explained. “I haven’t had many punt returns, and kickoffs have been out of the end zone. It’s about getting that one kick and that one chance. And I think they are coming. You can run more back when the weather gets a little colder because kickers can’t kick it out of the back of the end zone as much. The ball is heavier, so you get more opportunities.”
Even though the Chargers are struggling with field position thus far ranking last in the league, the team the Bolts face on Sunday knows that can change in a millisecond when Jones is back deep.
“Jacoby is just a wonderful guy to be around,” Ravens Coach John Harbaugh said. “We loved having him here. His light shined every day, that’s for sure. I just enjoyed the experience of being around Jacoby. He had big plays for us. He made some big plays in the passing game and had huge returns for us at critical moments… Don’t give him a crease! Do not give Jacoby Jones a crease. He knows how to hit it. He’s fast, and I expect him to be bringing it out from 99.999 yards deep. He’ll be rolling, so we better be rolling.”
Jones has proven to be one of the best returners in NFL history and the Chargers believe he can return to form. In fact, asked to describe last year’s rousing comeback win over the Ravens, nearly every Charger mentions how difficult it was facing the speedster.
This time, they are happy to have him on their side when they head to Charm City.
“It came down to the bitter end, so it was a great day, a great play called at the end (and) a great way to finish it,” Head Coach Mike McCoy recalled. “(This time) we’ve got one of those guys that had given us a big headache on our football team this year in Jacoby. Some of the decisions we made (last year) kicking the ball off to him, trying every way possible known to man in the kicking game, and he would make us pay for it either way. So it’s great he’s on our team right now.”