Ravens met with return specialist Jacoby Jones


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Former Houston Texans wide receiver and return specialist, Jacoby Jones, met with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, according to Aaron Wilson of The Carroll County Times.

Jones, a five-year veteran recently cut by the Texans, has already met with the Carolina Panthers and has several more visits scheduled, according to Wilson.

The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Jones is known for his blazing fast speed and is regarded as one of the league’s best return men. Jones, 27, has averaged 10.6 yards per punt return with three touchdowns. He also has a career average of 23.6 yards per kickoff return with one score.

Jones, who was cut by the Texans last week, was the scapegoat in a divisional round postseason loss to the Ravens last season. Jones’ muff of a punt in the first quarter led to the Ravens’ first touchdown in their playoff win. He later fumbled another punt in the game but was able to recover.

The Ravens have two proven starters at wide receiver in Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith, but have no established option as the No. 3 receiver. If signed, Jones would immediately become the favorite to land the spot over guys like Tandon Doss, David Reed, LaQuan Williams and rookie Tommy Streeter.

As a receiver, Jones has 127 receptions for 1,741 yards and 11 touchdowns for his career.

Because the Ravens are only $2 million under the salary cap, finances could play a factor, according to John Eisenberg of CSNBaltimore.com. If there are multiple teams bidding on Jones’ services, his price tag could rise. The former third-round draft pick from Lane College was scheduled to make $3 million this season before the Texans cut him.