The Baltimore Ravens stayed true to form this off season by not making a big splash in free agency and waiting till after the draft to add to their roster. Yesterday they added to the defense, today they added to the offense by signing former Houston Texans WR Jacoby Jones. Jones signed a two-year deal for $7 million.
The Ravens needed a third receiver after cutting WR Lee Evans. Evans is best remembered for dropping what would have been the game winning touchdown in the AFC championship game last season.
The Ravens are looking to increase and improve their passing game. Jones is a nice addition to the receiving core of Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin, hopefully he will help the Ravens reach their goal of improving their passing game.
Jones will also be used as a punt returner. Using him as a punt returner is a bit of a risk, one that will hopefully pay off as Jones fumbled a punt in the AFC divisional playoff game against the Ravens last season. The fumble resulted in a Ravens touchdown.
Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome said of Jones:
“Adding Jacoby gives us another proven down-field weapon in our passing game and production with our return. His experience makes the offense better, and the competition he brings can help raise our levels at receiver and with punt and kickoff returns.”
Last season Jones caught 31 passes for 512 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned 49 punts averaging 10.6 yards including a 79-yard touchdown.