Ravens Super Bowl XLVII hero Jacoby Jones returns Sunday as a member of the San Diego Chargers, and after the Ravens released him for salary cap purposes in February, Jones said on a conference call there would be no better way to come back than to break a big return.
"Duh," Jones said on a conference call with local reporters Wednesday. "That would be lovely."
He insisted, though, that revenge wasn't on his mind.
"It's nothing like that," Jones said. "Every week, I think about breaking a return, so it's not really about revenge. ... I'm just coming to do my job.
Jones, who had a 108-yard touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl and had a game-tying reception against the Denver Broncos in that playoff run, had fallen out of favor in Baltimore before his release. He said he understands it's a business, and while he said it will be good to be back to see old fans and old friends, "it's a job, so I'm coming to get a win."
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He hasn't thought much about the team he left behind, either. Jones was asked whether he could be making an impact for a Ravens team lacking outside speed and established returners — a contention some have made — but didn't really engage.
"I don't really look at it like that anymore," he said. "I'm a Charger now."
He doesn't have a reception with San Diego, and hasn't gotten much going in the return game, either. Jones has four punt returns for minus-2 yards, and averages 21.4 yards per kickoff return.
Jones said he's still being schemed against and kicked away from, just as he was in Baltimore. His lack of production this season won't stop Ravens coach John Harbaugh from cautioning his players not to give their former teammate an opportunity.
"Do not give Jacoby Jones a crease," Harbaugh said. "He knows how to hit it. He's fast, and I expect him to be bringing it out from 9.999 yards deep [in the end zone.] He'll be rolling, so we better be rolling."