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Ravens sticking with Jacoby Jones as primary returner

Ravens sticking with Jacoby Jones as primary returner
Ravens wide receiver and returner Jacoby Jones. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun)

Jacoby Jones apparently won't lose his job as the Ravens' primary return specialist despite a series of miscues fielding punts.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh reaffirmed Monday that the one-time Pro Bowl selection will retain his status after muffing a punt Sunday during a 29-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons. It was the second time in three games that Jones fumbled a punt.

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"I do," Harbaugh replied when asked if the team remains comfortable with Jones going forward.

Jones acknowledged that he should have called for a fair catch during the second quarter when he mishandled the football and it was recovered by Falcons special teams ace Eric Weems.

"I agree with that," Harbaugh said. "We're both in agreement on that."

Jones misjudged a punt that he lost against the Indianapolis Colts. He also attempted to catch a punt inside the Ravens' 2-yard line against the Carolina Panthers.

"I should have fair-caught the ball," Jones said Sunday. "I was just being aggressive. The gunner was bearing down. I tried to catch it before he could hit me."

Jones is averaging 29.7 yards per kickoff return with a long return of 58 yards for the season. He's averaging 8.2 yards per punt return for the season with a long return of 33 yards.

Jones has caught only four passes for 50 yards and has six drops, leading to a diminished role on offense. He played just four snaps on offense against the Falcons.

"As it gets colder and the weather changes, we'll get more opportunities," Jones said. "Until then, we have to stay patient and wait for it to come. We have to stay focused and stay consistent."

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