Originally Posted by sandman
True. A WR who in six years surpassed 30 receptions only once doesn't own anyone.
And we shouldn't look at the production he gave Baltimore this season, we should look at the production that he gave the Texans last year and how his replacements did:
JJ - 31 receptions and 1 TD
Posey, Jean and Martin - 26 receptions and 2 TD
JJ - No kickoff returns
JJ - 10.6 average, long of 79, 1 TD
Martin - 12.1 average, long of 71, no TD
After seeing that his actual production for THIS team was easily replaced, you look at how impactful his production was for his new team:
30 receptions made him the #5 receiver
9.2 yards per punt return was good for 15th in the NFL
30.7 yards per kickoff return was good for 1st in the NFL
He made his bones on kickoffs. Everything else he was pedestrian. To your point, it speaks more to the overall Ravens ST play than anything else.
But IMO Jacoby Jones is not a player that you really micro-analyze total numbers for. He's a lightning strike, big play, big situation guy. He did not have much of a regular season but he came up big in some big situations for the Ravens. We could have used some of that at crunch time.
I'm not lamenting the loss of Jones (good riddance for all I care) ... it's more like I am disappointed in:
1) Not using a #1 or #2 on a better and more reliable WR,
2) The lack of effective use of Martin, Posey and Jean by the Texans' brain trust,
3) The appearance that as raw and erratic as Jones was, Martin, Posey and Jean appear to be even more raw and erratic.
The Texans are (and were at this time last season) in win NOW mode with a window that may not be open very long. I would have like to see a more significant upgrade after we cut Jones.