Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after his record-setting kickoff return against Dallas on Sunday.
Jones, making his first return of the season, broke off a 108-yard touchdown return in the third quarter of the Ravens' 31-29 win over Dallas. That set a Ravens record and tied the NFL mark for the longest kickoff return ever. It was also the fifth career return touchdown (three punt, two kickoff) for Jones, a six-year veteran in his first season with the Ravens.
"Jacoby's been great," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He's been a great teammate, he's been a great worker, he's just fun to be around. The guy's a pro in every sense of the word. ... He's been a huge addition for us. He's a playmaker."
Jones, a third-round draft pick by the Texans out of Lane College in 2007, played five seasons in Houston before being released in the spring. He then joined the Ravens and will face his former team this Sunday.
Jones has been the Ravens top punt returner and the No. 3 receiver all season, with 11 catches for 185 yards and a touchdown. But until this past week, he had not handled any kick return duties. That job had belonged to rookie Deonte Thompson, but after Thompson fumbled away a return at Kansas City, Jones took over that job against Dallas.
"I just play my role," Jones said on Wednesday. "Whenever they call my number for me to show up to make a play, I plan on making that play."
Jones had two other returns against the Cowboys, averaging 25.5 yards.
On the touchdown return, Jones shot through a hole formed by blocks from Corey Graham on one side and Anthony Allen on the other. A huge lane opened, and Jones ran untouched up the right sideline.
"I need to follow Anthony Allen," Jones said. "He's a running back, so he has the vision to see the holes."
As for returning a kick so deep in the end zone, Jones said, "If they give me another kick like that, yes, I'll do it again."