The bond between Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones and offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak is deep enough that the former Pro Bowl kick returner often jokes that Kubiak is his biological father.
"I need to get that DNA test," Jones said Wednesday following a minicamp practice at team headquarters. "I'm going to steal his coffee and swap the cup and figure it out. I have to make sure. I hope my mother doesn't see this. She'll kill me."
Beyond the comedy act from Jones, who was raised by his mother, Emily London-Jones, Kubiak and Jones do have long-standing relationship dating back to Jones' five years with the Houston Texans when Kubiak was their head coach.
The Texans cut Jones in 2012 prior to him joining the Ravens and winning Super Bowl XLVII, in which he caught a touchdown and returned a kickoff for a score at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in his hometown of New Orleans.
When Kubiak was hired in late January, he complimented Jones for his progress "not only as a player, but as a man."
Reunited with Kubiak, Jones is banking on his familiarity with Kubiak's version of the West Coast offense paying dividends this season. As his fellow receivers try to absorb knowledge about the playbook, Jones can already recite it by chapter and verse.
"There might be one or two tweaks," Jones said. "Every time when I see it, I'm like, 'I already know this.'"
Jones then pointed to his head and said: "Still in there, computerized. Five years of it."
His background with Kubiak has allowed Jones to share information with the Ravens' other wide receivers.
"Everybody [is] so tense when they're learning a new offense," Jones said. "Before you know it, the whole offense has been installed and be like, 'That's it? Yeah.' With everybody, it's just clockwork. It's all about chemistry and trusting what you're doing."
Jones said it's not entirely true that Kubiak is hesitant to take deep shots. Kubiak has relied upon a high amount of short to intermediate patterns in the past.
"Don't sleep on that," Jones said. "The way he is, he's going to take what you give us. If you're going to sit there and play that all game, you're going to give it to us, why not? Just chip away and throw it down the field. It's football. It's a chess match. You'll be stupid to sit there. Bye, bye."
Since joining the Ravens, Jones has returned three kickoffs for touchdowns and one punt for a score during regular-season games. He caught 36 passes for 444 yards and two touchdowns last season and had 30 receptions for 406 yards and one touchdown during the 2012 season.
That's similar to his production during his final three seasons with the Texans under Kubiak, when he averaged 36 receptions and 504 yards a year.
Having built a reputation as one of the most dangerous returners in the NFL, Jones would like to upgrade his play at wide receiver and contribute more this season. Whether Jones' role will increase as he works in tandem with five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith, returning starter Torrey Smith and Marlon Brown remains to be seen.
"Trying to be one of the best receivers in the league," Jones said. "Try and play my role when they call my number. We fell short last year not going to the playoffs, and you beat yourself up in the offseason like, 'What did I do wrong? What did I do right?' You look for those types of small things and then build off them."
Unlike last year, Jones hasn't been fox-trotting, mamboing and pirouetting as a popular "Dancing With The Stars" contestant. He's been a part of the Ravens' offseason program since signing a four-year, $12 million contract in March that included a $3.5 million signing bonus.
"My hips are not as loose, I can tell you that," Jones said with a laugh. "No, actually, I was able to rest. I let my body heal. We had a long offseason last year, but I actually feel even better in shape now that I came back from offseason workouts."
Former Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers visited the San Diego Chargers on Wednesday.
The Chargers, Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings have displayed the most interest in Flowers. The Ravens and New England Patriots “remain in the mix,” according to a source.
The Ravens are trying out several free agent cornerbacks this week, including Aaron Ross, Drayton Florence, Marquice Cole, Dominique Franks, Kevin Thomas and Bobby Felder.
Defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore didn’t practice Wednesday after suffering a left hamstring injury toward the end of practice Tuesday. … Nose tackle Terrence Cody (hip surgery), offensive lineman Jah Reid (strained calf) and wide receiver Kamar Aiken (strained lower leg) also didn’t practice.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun