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OWINGS MILLS - Arthur Jones once again forced his way into the Chargers' backfield.

Using an inside rip move to defeat the block of San Diego left guard Rex Hadnot, Jones bulled his way into the backfield for his second sack of quarterback Philip Rivers.

The powerful third-year defensive lineman also sacked Rivers on the Chargers' previous possession.

Jones finished with five tackles, including three tackles for a loss and the two sacks during the Ravens' 16-13 win against San Diego this past weekend.

Forced into a more substantial role with Pernell McPhee sidelined, Jones has stepped up his play in recent weeks, helping to shore up a Ravens defense that has made significant progress during the last month.

Jones has started four of the last five games with McPhee sidelined.

"I've just seen in the last three, four weeks, he's taken a huge leap technique-wise," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said of Jones, a fifth-round pick of the Ravens in the 2010 NFL draft. "His feet and his hands are tied together way better now than they were, and that's a credit to [defensive line coach] Clarence Brooks and to Arthur in just deciding that he wanted to play with great technique.

"He's got long arms, a powerful lower body. You've seen the way he's built. He's got that great lower body. So, it's really heartening for a coach to see a guy playing that well and [making] the strides that he's made, and it's huge for our defense."

Jones is viewed as being somewhat limited as a pass rusher - even despite the two sacks - but is valued for his prowess against the run.

Yet, like most of the Ravens' defensive line, he struggled against the run during the first half of the season.

He's fared better during the course of the last month, something he attributes to his improved technique and also to the fact he's playing more inside than he was earlier in the season.

Jones played primarily 5-technique during the first half of the season - lined up over the outside shoulder of the tackle - but has played more 3-technique during the last month - lining him up over the outside shoulder of the guard.

It's a move that Jones said has been beneficial.

He has 21 tackles during Baltimore's last five games, the most of any Ravens defensive lineman during that span.

"Each week, I feel like I'm getting better and better," Jones said. "I'm just striving to be great."

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