One positive development from Sunday’s 19-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers was the return of injured wide receiver Jacoby Jones, who returned kickoffs and made an 11-yard touchdown reception in the loss.
The Ravens limited his usage, though. Jones played just 17 of the team's 66 offensive snaps and only six snaps on special teams in his first game since spraining his right knee in the season-opening loss to the Denver Broncos. Jones had two catches for 42 yards and averaged 25.5 yards on his four kickoff returns.
Fellow wide receiver Marlon Brown also made his return after a one-week absence, getting the start, playing 47 snaps and making three catches for 71 yards, including an impressive 59-yard catch and run.
Torrey Smith led all Ravens wide receivers with 63 snaps. Tandon Doss continued to be a major part of the game plan, playing 41 snaps and leading the team with 99 yards on four catches. Deonte Thompson played just one offensive snap, running a route out of the backfield on one second-quarter play. Veteran slot receiver Brandon Stokley was inactive.
Here are other observations from the official snap counts:
--- Left tackle Eugene Monroe, whom the Ravens acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars two weeks ago, made his Ravens debut, playing all 66 snaps. The rest of the starters played every snap, too. Backup offensive tackle Rick Wagner played seven snaps as a sixth lineman. Bryant McKinnie, whom Monroe replaced at left tackle, was inactive.
--- Last week, Lardarius Webb was unofficially the team's third cornerback as he dealt with a hamstring issue. He played all 68 defensive snaps Sunday, as did fellow cornerback Jimmy Smith. Nickel cornerback Corey Graham played 40 snaps, due in large part to the Packers losing wide receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones in the first half.
--- Nose tackle Haloti Ngata suffered an elbow injury in the first half but still led all Ravens defensive linemen with 45 snaps. Defensive tackle Arthur Jones played 41 and end Chris Canty played 40. Backups Brandon Williams and DeAngelo Tyson played 17 and eight, respectively.
--- Starter Ray Rice continued to get the bulk of the snaps at running back, playing 46 while backup Bernard Pierce played 19. Fullback Vonta Leach played 15 snaps.
--- Weak-side linebacker Josh Bynes played 55 snaps, limiting his rookie backup, Arthur Brown, to just 13 defensive snaps. Last week, the margin between them was slimmer, with Bynes playing 34 snaps and Brown playing 23. Daryl Smith, who was one of three Ravens defenders with 10 tackles in the loss, again played every snap.
--- For the second straight week, safety Michael Huff didn't play a single defensive snap. Starting safeties Matt Elam and James Ihedigbo played all 68 defensive snaps.
--- Tight end Dallas Clark played 41 snaps and caught four passes for 81 yards and his first touchdown in a Ravens uniform. Ed Dickson, who was held without a catch, played 21 snaps. Blocking tight end Billy Bajema played 12.
--- Rush linebacker Terrell Suggs played 62 snaps and strong-side linebacker Elvis Dumervil played 53, leaving little left over for the backups. Pernell McPhee played 19 snaps and Courtney Upshaw played just 15, which was far and away his lowest number of snaps this season.
--- Anthony Levine led the Ravens with 30 special-teams snaps. Albert McClellan played 29. Jeromy Miles and Kyle Juszczyk both played 24. Chykie Brown and Billy Bajema both played 22. Arthur Brown and Ed Dickson both played 21. John Simon, who led the Ravens with 32 special-teams snaps last week, was a healthy scratch against the Packers.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun