Former linebacker Jones makes switch to tight end

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

August 21, 2008|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,Sun reporter

Playing tight end is no longer a laughing matter for Edgar Jones.

Jones, a second-year player, has been switched from linebacker to tight end, reviving an offseason experiment that seemed to end before training camp.

"During the offseason, I took it as a joke," said Jones, who has also switched from No. 91 to No. 46. "They were working me in, so I didn't take it too seriously until coach [John] Harbaugh called me [three days ago] and told me they were moving me. Then I saw No. 46, so I took it real serious after that."

Jones, who led the nation in sacks in 2006 while playing defensive end-linebacker at Southeast Missouri State, said he played tight end and wide receiver at Rayville (La.) High.

But that experience pales in comparison to absorbing the playbook crafted by Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

"A lot more offense as far as the shifts, motions, where to line up at, the pass routes and stuff like that," Jones said of delving into the offensive schemes. "So it's a lot different from the defensive playbook. But I'm in the offensive playbook, trying to get it down the best that I can. It's a day-by-day process."

Listed at 6 feet 3 and 263 pounds, Jones has the lean body type and long arms that characterize tight ends. He joins a group that includes two-time Pro Bowl selection Todd Heap, Daniel Wilcox, Adam Bergen, Aaron Walker and Keith Heinrich.

Harbaugh said the coaching staff is enthusiastic about Jones' potential.

"He's got those kinds of skills," Harbaugh said. "He's a rangy athlete that can run, and from the blocking perspective, we suspect he can do it because he comes off the ball so well on defense. He uses his hat and hands and can push a tight end around. So maybe we'll flip that around and see how it goes."

Injury update

Defensive linemen Trevor Pryce and Lorenzo Williams returned to the practice field yesterday. Pryce was not present during the portion of Tuesday's practice open to the media, and Williams was absent from practice Monday and Tuesday.

Cornerback Derrick Martin (right shoulder) watched practice from the sideline, but free safety Ed Reed (shoulder) did not appear during the portion of practice open to the media.

End zone

Harbaugh was guarded about the availability of wide receiver Demetrius Williams, who is on the physically-unable-to-perform list with a lower left leg injury. "He's expected to play in the opener, but until we see him out there doing it, I don't think we know for sure." ... Right guard Marshal Yanda joined Jason Brown and Chris Chester in snapping the ball to the quarterbacks.

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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