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Jones could help Ravens on multiple fronts

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By Mike Wilkening

WR Jacoby Jones’ skill set fits the Ravens in multiple ways. Given his good speed, he could be an asset to a passing game that likes to stretch the field. Jones is unlikely to be one of the two primary wideouts in Baltimore, but he’s the most proven of the options behind Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin. With Jones in the mix, Boldin, who has lost a step, could see more time in the slot, one rival evaluator suggested to PFW.

Jones is also a capable returner who has shown game-breaking ability. Jones has averaged 10.2 yards on punt returns and has brought back three punts for scores in his five-year career. He also can return kickoffs (23.3 avg.), with one return TD in his career, but punts are regarded as his strength.

Inconsistency doomed Jones in Houston, and he had a costly punt-return fumble in the divisional-round loss to the Ravens, but given the reported cost (two years, $7 million), this is a fairly low-risk move for Baltimore, which adds an experienced No. 3 wide receiver and a fine option in the return game.

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