Rookie diary: Keeping up with Jones

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Wide receiver Jacoby Jones is providing a weekly diary entry for HoustonTexans.com to provide fans insight into his thoughts during his rookie season in the NFL.

My mom was back in Houston for Thanksgiving. She came down and cooked everything, and I ate everything. My favorite thing she makes is the gumbo, of course. Shrimp, and really everything you could think of, it was in there. I had some other family come down, too, so it was a good holiday.

She was here for the Saints game and left and then came back again for Thanksgiving. But she'll be up there for Tennessee, too – that's almost like a homecoming game because my school's nothing but an hour and a half from Nashville.

A lot of people from Lane are going to the game. They're already calling me telling me they'll be down there. I couldn't get them tickets, though - I said I'd love to but I had to get a lot of them for the Saints game.

Even though the Titans used to be in Houston and I've heard there's a little bit of a rivalry, I don't think we approach them any differently. I mean, it's still an NFL team because they're good, a good team, but our approach is no different.

That game last Sunday was tough, but I mean, you've just got to move on. You lost and you've got to get over it, look over it and rally and play the next game. Our offense, we're starting to get on a roll. We're coming. We've just got to, like last week, we've got to make plays. We didn't make enough last week, and that's basically what went wrong.

I was real close on that punt return in that game. Man, I saw the seam, and I thought I was through it. I just saw me and the punter, I was like making moves on him and I just felt some arms come out of nowhere and wrap me up. I thought I was gone.

I did get my first reception in about a month. It felt good, but I don't know if that means I'll be getting more involved in the passing game. I've just got to wait and see. Whatever the coaches tell me to do, I'm going to do. They tell me to jump, I'm going to say how high.

This is a big game against Tennessee, though, just like every game's a big game in the NFL. I'm ready to get out there and see what we can do.

Got a question for Jacoby? Post a comment, or send an e-mail to editor Nick Scurfield at *nscurfield@houstontexans.com.*

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