The few times Jacoby Jones lined up at wide receiver Sunday, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh obviously liked what he saw.
Harbaugh indicated that Jones' role on offense will continue to expand. Jones was slated as the team's No. 2 wide receiver before he hurt his knee in the season opener.
In his first game back since injuring his knee, Jones played only 17 of the Ravens' 66 snaps on offense. He did make an impact in the limited playing time, catching an 11-yard touchdown pass and recording a 31-yard reception on the other pass thrown to him.
"I was so anxious," Jones told The Baltimore Sun.
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The Ravens are .500 this late in the season for the first time in four years. But John Eisenberg from the team's official website provides a history lesson for those down on the defending Super Bowl champions. "If you think it’s getting too late for the Ravens to get their act together, consider this: Two years ago, the New York Giants were a .500 team in late December, with two weeks left in the regular season, and wound up winning the Super Bowl," Eisenberg wrote. "In other words, the Ravens still have time, all sorts of it."
Will offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell or run-game coordinator Juan Castillo be fall guys if the Ravens continue to struggle. The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston doesn't think so. "Offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell was widely praised as one of the reasons the offense turned around last year," Preston wrote. "Run game coordinator Juan Castillo is a very good friend of Harbaugh's. Also, Harbaugh praised Castillo as the best teacher he knows. I think that there are just too many voices in the offensive line meeting room."
The Ravens' red-zone defense, which is tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for the best in the NFL, is keeping the team in games, according to Comcast SportsNet. Offenses have scored on just 25 percent of the time when inside the Ravens' 20-yard line.
Rookie center Ryan Jensen has spent the last two and a half months working his way back from a broken foot and is getting closer to making a return after being limited in practice last week. The Ravens could've put him on injured reserve, but they decided to keep him on the 53-man roster for the first six games despite not being able to play. What's going to be the sixth-round pick's role when he comes back? “He’ll be a backup to start with, and then we’ll see what he does from there,” Harbaugh said, via the team's website. “We haven’t seen much of him yet. So, developmental backup – that will be his role.”