On Tuesday the Ravens helped their offense by bringing in former Texan’s speedster Jacoby Jones and helped their defense by extending the contract of hard hitting Benard Pollard. Jones was brought in on a 2 year $7 million contract to be the Raven’s number 3 receiver behind Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith and possibly to be their return man. Jones is a 5 year NFL veteran who although never spectacular, has put up solid numbers for a number 3 receiver and been one of the better return men in the league. The last 3 seasons Jacoby has averaged just over 500 yards and nearly 4 tds. The Ravens will line him up on the outside oppisite Torrey Smith which will allow them to move Anquan Boldin to the inside in 3 wide sets as the slot receiver. Most Ravens fans will remember him fondly for his 2 fumbles in the playoff game against the Texans at M & T Bank Stadium this past January that ultimately led to Baltimore advancing to the AFC title game.
Pollard was entering into the last year of the 2 year $2.735 million deal he signed last off season but the Ravens decided to give him some security by extending him for 3 more years (terms not yet disclosed). The 27 year old Pollard is coming off probably his best season as a pro when he recorded 55 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 1 interception oppisite Ed Reed in the secondary. Pollard, who’s known as essentially an extra linebacker in the secondary, is a perfect fit for the Ravens defense for two reasons. One is that he provides a thumper at the back end who opposing receivers have to worry about. The other is because the main knock on him is his lack of range and that is neutralized by the Ravens great strength at the cornerback position with Lardarius Webb, Cary Williams, and Jimmy Smith. After getting the bad news with Suggs it’s definetly nice to get some positive Raven’s news, way to go Ozzie.