Colts defensive lineman Arthur Jones is another ex-Raven struggling to find the same success he enjoyed in Baltimore.
After leaving the Ravens and signing a five-year, $33 million contract, Jones was hurt most of last season and was not the player the Colts expected. In the Colts’ 45-7 loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship game, Jones was part of a defensive line that was pushed around. The Patriots averaged 4.4 yards per carry and had 14 rushing first downs.
Jones said a high-ankle sprain lingered throughout the season.
“I was never the same,” Jones told the Indianapolis Star. “I didn’t have that explosiveness, and that push-off and drive off my ankle.”
The Colts believe Jones is still an impact player if healthy.
“We know we need him out there for 16 weeks,” said Colts head coach Chuck Pagano. “He’s a difference maker.”
The Colts don’t play the Ravens during the regular season, but both teams made the playoffs last season and consider themselves contenders again in the AFC. Jones is still with a good team, but wants to prove he is still a good player. However, the Ravens’ decision to let Jones walk during free agency last year looks like another smart move.