Baltimore Ravens Just Now Finding Out Jacoby Jones Can't Catch

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Still dropping them
As fans and media, many of us fancy ourselves to be experts in our sports of choice. When a questionable move is made by the brass for our favorite team (or any team, for that matter), we openly mock the general manager who made the "ludicrous" decision in question, and then go on Twitter and talk about how much more bad ass our GM-ing skills would be than general manager of (fill in name of team here).

Naturally, actual GM's bristle at such talk (if they happen to be listening at all) and rightfully so. By and large, we, fans, the media, are just as idiotic (many of you -- ok, many of US -- moreso) as the people running our teams.

But if GM's would just stop doing things like signing Jacoby Jones to a two year, $7 million contract, then we wouldn't have to brag about our hypothetical GM acumen.

It had long been thought going into this past April's NFL Draft that the Texans were the most desperate team in the league for wide receiver talent. After drafting DeVier Posey and Keshawn Martin, the Texans were comfortable enough with the talent in their camp to cut last season's third wide receiver and playoff hope crusher, Jones.

In early May, showing that the Texans may not have been the most desperate team for wide receiver talent, and showing that lobotomies are apparently covered under the Ravens' group health plan, Baltimore signed Jones to a two-year, $7 million contract (essentially picking up the tab on the final two years of Jones' aborted three-year Texans deal he signed in 2011) to take on their third receiver role and return punts.

At the time, it was amazing to see how many people outside Houston actually lauded the move. Respected people talked about how this was an upgrade for the Ravens, about how Jones' explosive speed would stretch the field, about how he was the total package physically and about how he would bring experience to a relatively young receiving corps. (Basically, a lot of the same bullshit we heard from the Texans when they inexplicably dropped a three-year, $10 million deal in his lap in 2011.)

It was frankly a bit of a wake-up call for just how much more work the Texans had to do to become completely relevant on the NFL landscape. I mean, we all saw Jones drop passes, run sloppy routes. We saw this. How did Baltimore not see this?? I mean, especially Baltimore!

Right?

Well, now Jones has been through his first set of OTA's and mini camp with the Ravens, and guess what? He still can't catch! The http://www.baltimoreravens.com/News/Articles/2012/07/The_Competition_Wide_Receivers.aspx from the Ravens team website:

Jacoby Jones (6-2, 212, sixth season): A burner who explodes off the line of scrimmage, Jones should further help the Ravens stretch the field. He's experienced and very good in his routes. The one knock on Jones from Houston is that he dropped too many balls, and he did have an issue with that occasionally during offseason practices.

Seriously, I need to find the film of Jacoby Jones that the people in the Baltimore organization have been watching. I read some of this stuff about how he "explodes" and "runs very good routes", and it's like someone in the Ravens' audio/visual department took film of Andre Johnson and superimposed Jacoby Jones' head and jersey number on Dre, like in that LeBron James, NWO heel turn video:

Oh and that little issue of dropping too many balls that "occasionally" reared its ugly head during offseason practices? Yeah, get used to that, Baltimore. That's what Jacoby does. Apparently, you're late to this party.

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Evan Rude
Evan Rude

Guys like Jacoby could benefit from a little Barry Bonds juice. Peterson on the other hand better steer clear least his head does an impression of Jiffypop.

Travis Roggatz
Travis Roggatz

 Return talents? Did you not watch the video? We Texans fans have endured Jacoby's hardships long enough. The guy is clear and out a bonehead, who makes bonehead mistakes, and can't catch a pass to save his life. When he returns punts, he runs sideline to sideline, not upfield. Seriously, have fun with that. You guys deserve him.

Coburnrm
Coburnrm

i'll take 7mm to let balls bounce off my facemask when the pressure is on...Jacoby has talent, but never matured.  He simply doesn't have the work ethic to get better. He'll be alright as a punt returner, but will crumble when you need him most...Good luck!

Beatrice D. Fisher
Beatrice D. Fisher

a  huge upgrade and were willing to overpay for it. Don't count ol Ozzie out as blind, dumb and crazy on this one quite yet, he is one of the best in the business, he rarely whiffs on free agents...MayorMoney.blogspot.com

guest
guest

Traded for a 4th rounder, not a free agent sir. Don't ya love semantics.

ahem!
ahem!

Signed Lee Evans.

guest
guest

Sean, your one of my fav's, and your analysis is usually spot on, but your off on this one. As a Ravens fan let me tell you they got him for his kick returning abilities first and foremost. If he can be any kind of an asset receiving, that's just a nice little bonus. Why pay $7 million if that is what they most likely want from him? You must not realize the pathetic nature of the Ravens kickoff/punt return game. Probably one of the worst in the league several years running, just awful. No matter who they put back there, the results are always the same-bad. The Ravens special teams ranked 30th in the league last year. The Ravens had 10 different players return kickoffs — three of those only returned squibs or pooch kicks – in 2011 and never found stability at the position. The Ravens had to look to add an impact returner. They lost the field position game too many times last year and the return units rarely aided the Ravens offense in setting it up on a shorter field.They need a speedy game changer to return kicks, and Jacoby certainly is up to that task if nothing else. Also Shaub has an avg arm at best, Flacco has the strongest arm in the league. Can you imagine Torry Smith and Jacoby running deep routes on opposite ends while the 2 emerging stud TE's Pitta/Dixin split the middle while Rice comes out of the flat? I can, and its going to be hell on opposing D's this year. Jacoby will outrun his coverage, and Flacco's cannon will get him the ball. Lets see if he can catch it, but I guarantee he will get more opportunities to just run straight and catch then he ever had here. He catches a few to start the season and the D will have to respect his side of the field, leaving Smith (a star in the making) to unleash his speed and wreck havoc. As I said, the receiving is just a bonus. He brings his A game to returning kicks/punts, score's a few TD's and gets good field position for a SB caliber team like the Ravens and he will be worth the money. Again, the Ravens have just had such poor returners and field position recently, they needed a  huge upgrade and were willing to overpay for it. Don't count ol Ozzie out as blind, dumb and crazy on this one quite yet, he is one of the best in the business, he rarely whiffs on free agents.

Sean Pendergast
Sean Pendergast

Thanks for the kind words about being one of your fav's, appreciate that

eric plumer
eric plumer

But but a talk show radio host obviously knows more than him. Only geniuses host sports talk radio shows you know.

KS
KS

As a Ravens fan living in Houston, I'd just like to point out that the GM for the Ravens has selected first round draft picks that have combined for 39 Pro Bowl appearances. He must have no eye for talent.

Rob
Rob

Glad he's gone. Tired of all this basketball and baseball bullshit. Is it football season yet?

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