After being waived by the Texans last week and subsequently visiting the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens within the last few days, the Jacoby Jones Era is officially underway in Baltimore (although some Texan fans would argue it started back in January) as the sixth-year wide receiver inked a two-year, $7 million contract with the Ravens.
Your reaction may be similar to mine -- Wait, a good NFL team with an actual scouting department signed Jacoby Jones to a contract? And wait, it's the team for whom he gift-wrapped momentum in a playoff game earlier this year?
And if that is your reaction, it would be the correct one.
When the signing went down, there were actually media types who lauded the move as the Ravens' acquisition of a potential game-breaker. Their replies to my bewilderment elicited contentions that, among other things, a "change of scenery" would do Jones well.
To be very clear, Jacoby Jones the person is, by all accounts, a fun guy and well-liked by coaches and teammates, which makes my next paragraph that much more factual.
The issues with Jacoby Jones the football player are not "scenery" issues. The "scenery" was fine in Houston. No player in the Kubiak Era has ever been given more favorable "opportunities offered to mistakes made" ratio than Jacoby Jones. The issues with Jacoby Jones the football player are simply "he's not very good at wide receiver" issues.
Of all the things changing for Jacoby Jones in his latest career move, the actual scenery is the only thing that really appears to be changing. When he was with the Texans a week ago, Jones was part of an AFC Championship contender as the primary punt returner and third wide receiver on an offense with one of the best backs in football, a decent deep threat/possession starting wide receiver combo, and a quarterback on whom the jury is still out.
Fast-forward to now, and all of those things are still true. Hell, at two years and $7 million, the Ravens even signed Jones to a term and dollar amount practically equivalent to the remainder of his now null and void deal with the Texans. It's almost like the Texans never even cut Jacoby Jones, but instead it's like his contract was a lease on an overpriced car and the Ravens decided to pick up the remaining two years worth of lease payments.
The only real difference for Jones now is the climate and the city, the literal "scenery."
Jacoby Jones is a Baltimore Raven. Watch this YouTube video, and let that sink in for a minute....
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...and then wonder what Baltimore fans would do to him if he does that wearing their gear.
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