Jacoby Jones can't wait to hit the field in Baltimore.
Signed to a two-year, $7 million contract, Jones wants to justify the Ravens' investment and contribute immediately on special teams and compete for the third wide receiver job.
"I got a new breath of fresh air," Jones said in a telephone interview. "It's a great opportunity. Everything happens for a reason. I'm here, I'm a Raven now."
A former third-round draft pick, Jones was cut by the Houston Texans after they drafted receivers DeVier Posey and Keshawn Martin.
Jones fumbled twice during the Ravens' AFC divisional playoff win over the Texans with one miscue leading to a Baltimore touchdown.
"Houston is a great organization, they gave me a chance," Jones said. "Things happened. It's a business. What happened is in the past."
The Ravens had been looking for an experienced returner since last season, meeting with San Francisco 49ers return specialist Ted Ginn Jr. during free agency. He decided to stay with the 49ers, though.
Jones has averaged 10.2 yards per punt return with three touchdowns. He has a career 23.3 yard average on kickoff returns with one score.
Last season, the 6-foot-2, 212-pounder averaged 10.6 yards per punt return with a 79-yard touchdown. He didn't return kickoffs last year.
"As a returner, it's not about what I do," Jones said. "It's the way I play, catch me if you can. If not, I'm gone. Other than that, I'm working to become a top receiver in the NFL."