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Ravens' Super Bowl hero Jacoby Jones now a Pittsburgh Steeler

Ravens' Jacoby Jones returns a kickoff in the third quarter as Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin jumps off the field of play to the sideline on Nov. 28, 2013.
Ravens' Jacoby Jones returns a kickoff in the third quarter as Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin jumps off the field of play to the sideline on Nov. 28, 2013. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)

Former Ravens wide receiver and return specialist Jacoby Jones, a hero of the team's Super Bowl XLVII run barely three years ago, is now a Pittsburgh Steeler.

The Ravens' AFC North rival claimed Jones, who was waived by the San Diego Chargers earlier this week, on Thursday, giving the Steelers' moribund return game a possible jolt of life.

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Jones hasn't been that player this season, though. He had minus-4 total punt return yards on five attempts, and averaged 21.4 yards per kickoff return with the Chargers this season, the lowest since his rookie year in 2007.

For Jones to get to the Steelers in the waiver claim process, the Ravens had to pass on him. The waiver order goes in reverse order of standings.

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The Ravens passing is understandable, though. Jones was a shaky ball-handler as the team's lead kick and punt returner in 2014, and had virtually no role in the offense.

And in their most recent look, he lost two yards on his own return Sunday when the Chargers played the Ravens in Baltimore. He also let a punt by Sam Koch roll nearly 20 yards without fielding it, pinning San Diego at their own 3-yard line and swinging the game in the process.

In part because they contained him, the Ravens special teams unit got the game ball on Sunday after the 29-26 win over the Chargers. They'll likely hope for a similar result if Jones is still around when the Steelers visit on Dec. 27.

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