Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun
October 14, 2012
In a breakthrough season, Jacoby Jones had two kickoff returns for a touchdown and one punt return for a score.
Jones led the NFL with a 30.7 kickoff return average, tying an NFL record with a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys.
Now, the Ravens need him to replicate that kind of explosiveness in the postseason.
Since his 63-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, Jones' longest punt return over the final six games of the regular season was 23 yards against the San Diego Chargers.
Since his 105-yard kickoff return for a score against the Oakland Raiders, Jones' longest kickoff return was a 50-yarder against the Denver Broncos.
Kickers and punters are angling their kicks away from Jones to make his job more difficult.
He's trying to keep them off balance by rocking side to side so it's harder to get a bead on where he's lining up. As one of the most dangerous return men in the NFL, Jones can make an impact on this game and the entire playoffs that the Ravens need.