NFL teams reacting to Jacoby Jones' success

The Baltimore Sun

Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones' reputation precedes him as he's no longer unable to fly under the radar due to his three returns for touchdowns this season.

The reigning AFC Special Teams Player of the Month has been relatively quiet for the past couple games after returning a punt 63 yards for a touchdown during a 13-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 18 at Heinz Field.

The following game, Jones had seven punt returns for 61 yards, an 8.7 average with a long of 23 yards against the San Diego Chargers, and two kickoff returns for 46 yards.

In the second game against the Steelers, a 23-20 loss at M&T Bank Stadium, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin employed directional kicking techniques to try to reduce Jones' impact. Jones had two fair catches on punts and returned three kickoffs for 74 yards, a 24.7 average.

For the season, Jones is averaging 11 yards per punt return and 32.2 yards per kickoff return and tied an NFL record for longest kickoff return with his 108-yard touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys.

"That's going to happen, that's part of the game," Jones said. "Special teams has a big role in the game with field position.

"That's going to happen with kickers and punters. It's respect. I try my best to bait the kicker. I'll be walking back and forth. I try to catch him slipping."

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