Friday, November 22, 2013
Wake-up caw: Not much dancing for Jones
By Jamison Hensley
Let's just say there hasn't been much reason for Jacoby Jones to show off his moves since being on "Dancing With The Stars" earlier this season.
A Pro Bowl returner for the Super Bowl champions last season, he led the NFL with a 30.7-yard average on kickoffs and ran two back for touchdowns in the regular season. This year, he is averaging 23.7 yards and ranks 13th in the league.
"All you can do is be patient," Jones told The Baltimore Sun. "When it's time to make a play and they call your number, you got to step up and make it. That's all part of being a pro. You've got to keep the faith, knowing that your play is going to come at the right time. We've always been close. It's just the rhythm of the game and the timing. We're going to make those plays. They're going to happen in due time."
All five of rookie wide receiver Marlon Brown's touchdowns have come in the red zone. “I pride myself on that a lot,” Brown told the team's official website. “Usually if we’re driving the ball and we get into the red-zone area, I know that I’m probably going to have a shot or two. And I know I have to make it count.”
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, the Ravens' defensive coordinator from 2005 to 2008, is 0-2 against his former team. A reporter asked if coming back to Baltimore was special. “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t special,” Ryan said, via Comcast SportsNet. “So many of the guys that are still there in Baltimore that meant a great deal to me. I know a ton of guys on the coaching staff, it’s a great staff. … It’ll be special to see them. That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to go out there and win. Obviously, that’s what I want to do. I want to kick their butts, just like they want to kick mine.”
The development of rookie linebacker Arthur Brown, the team's linebacker on nickel defense, reminds coach John Harbaugh of another second-round pick. “He reminds me of Torrey Smith in a lot of ways,” Harbaugh said, via The Baltimore Sun. “We were just talking with him about that after practice. He comes to work every single day with one thing in mind, and that is to improve. He doesn’t let his energy by misdirected in any way. It is focused on getting better as a football player and being the best he can be.”