DE Jones prefers playing inside

DE Jones prefers playing inside
November 9, 2012, 10:15 pm
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Without Pernell McPhee in the lineup, the Ravens likely will juggle the defensive line again.

Arthur Jones is the backup at McPhee's position of defensive end, but he was moved around a lot last week. So was Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs.

That'll likely happen against Sunday vs. the Oakland Raiders with McPhee's thigh injury keeping him out for the second week in a row.

After giving up an average of 207 rushing yards in the previous three games, the Ravens showed improvement in last week's 25-15 win at the Cleveland Browns who were held to 116.

McPhee only had one-half sack after six last season. Jones doesn't have any, but he prefers playing inside while Ngata gets shifted outside.

"When we get into trouble is when guys try to do too much including myself. You want to make all the plays," Jones said. "Sometimes you might think a guy is going to cut inside, you get out of your gap and now your gap is open. If we keep playing technique sound everything is going to be OK."

Jones, a third-year player who was a nose tackle at Syracuse, actually prefers playing inside. He was on the field for 39 plays against Cleveland, or 56%, of the Ravens' offense. Ngata has be struggling with a shoulder injury for several weeks.

"I played nose in college. I can rush a lot better inside than out. I'm a bigger body guy," Jones said. "Out there at the five its a lot harder to get to the quarterback. Inside everything's a lot quicker."

The Raiders won't have Darren McFadden, who'll sit out because of a high ankle sprain last week. They also won't have No. 2 running back Mike Goodson, who has the same injury.

"It doesn't matter," Jones said. "We've faced some good backs this year and we've won most of them."