A one-sentence mention on the Ravens website about Jacoby Jones displaying butterfingers during organized team activities led to a post about the matter at Pro Football Talk. PFT wrote:
Jones has undeniable talent and good speed, but if you cant hold onto the ball, it doesnt matter how much speed you have, youre not going to be effective as a receiver and a return man, which is what the Ravens signed Jones to be. If he cant hang onto the ball consistently, his two-year, 7 million contract will be a mistake.
For what its worth, when Pro Football Focus compiled its rankings for drops by wide receivers, Jones didnt show up in the top 20 for good hands, but he wasnt in the bottom 20 either.
After Jones departure from the Texans, the Houston Chronicles Jerome Solomon didnt point to Jones hands as the entire problem with his performance in 2011, but rather his lack of focus. Mentioning the loss of regular quarterback Matt Schaub, Solomon wrote:
The problem wasnt the quarterback. The problem was Jones didnt get open and didnt catch the ball. I cant say whether he always ran the right route, because I dont have the Texans offense committed to memory, but suffice it to say there were times he was in places that no sharp offensive coordinator would have drawn up for him to be.
Were not seeing reports about problems with Jones focus, so during training camp, it could be how well he holds on to the ball will determine his role in the Ravens offense.