Dropped passes and fumbles were a problem for Jones in Houston, and were one of the reasons the Texans decided to draft two wide receivers and then cut Jones after the draft. Now the Ravens’ website says those problems with drops haven’t gone away for Jones: There were issues with Jones dropping passes during the Ravens’ offseason practices.
Jones has undeniable talent and good speed, but if you can’t hold onto the ball it doesn’t matter how much speed you have, you’re not going to be effective as a receiver and a return man, which is what the Ravens signed Jones to be.
If Jones could hang onto the ball consistently, he could become a very effective third receiver behind Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith. If he can’t hang onto the ball consistently, his two-year, $7 million contract will be a mistake.