Dec 7, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones (12) runs during the first half against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The contract puts Jones in a Bolts uniform for 2 years for $5.5 M. The cap hit this season is unknown at this time. Jacoby Jones was released easrlier this year, 1 year into a 4 year, $12M deal with the Ravens. Jones was also being courted by the Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans.
Jacoby Jones is an electric returner, with 4 punts and 5 kicks returned for touchdowns in his 8 years in the NFL. He turns 31 in July, but he showed he still has some spark last season with the Baltimore Ravens, posting 30.6 yards per kickoff return, good for 3rd in the NFL among returners with over 15 attempts. He was also one of only two retuners to post top-10 averages in punt and kick returns. Jones set the record for the longest return in Super Bowl history at 108 yards, and most all-purpose yards in a Super Bowl with 290 during the Ravens title run in 2012.
The Chargers have been in desperate need of a return specialist since the franchise leader in return yards, Darren Sproles, left in 2011. The Chargers have not returned a kick for a touchdown since 2012, and the offense struggled with starting position time and time again this past season.
Jones was limited as a receiver last season, however, with only 9 receptions after he was relegated to the bench for dropping too many passes. He is still 6’3″ 215 lbs. so he may me able to scratch the field as a deep threat and red zone target for the tree-lover, Phillip Rivers. But given the Chargers struggles at the returner spot, I want to see him as fresh as possible when he hits the field.
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