Jacoby Jones, Lardarius Webb to keep dividing up punt return duties

The Baltimore Sun

Signed to a two-year, $7 million contract in the spring to be the Ravens' primary return specialist, Jacoby Jones got a much bigger workload at wide receiver against the Cincinnati Bengals than he did on special teams.

Jones caught all three passes targeted for him by quarterback Joe Flacco for 46 yards, including a difficult 25-yard sideline grab in traffic during a 44-13 victory Monday night at M&T Bank Stadium.

"Joe made great throws," Jones said. "He put it in the window."

However, Jones only returned one punt for nine yards and wasn't utilized on kickoff returns at all as rookie Deonte Thompson handled all four kickoffs for a 22-yard average.

What gives?

"I'll be back there more, but it was just certain situations this game," Jones said "It was just field position."

Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg indicated that cornerback Lardarius Webb, who returned one punt for nine yards, and Jones will continue to split up punt return responsibilities.

"We have two guys that both have punt return skills, and we'll use them both," Rosburg said. "They both have scored and can score touchdowns, so having two punt returners rather than just one is a benefit."

As for kickoff returns, Thompson's longest return was just 27 yards.

"We didn't get a lot of damage done last week," Rosburg said. "We look forward to more opportunities."

Thompson hasn' t been anointed as the permanent kickoff returner, according to Rosburg.

"He doesn’t own the job, no," Rosburg said. "Every week is a different week. There is a different opponent, a different scheme, a different concept that we might be working.

"We are still working Jacoby every day. This last game Deonte had the opportunities, and we will see what happens going forward.”


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