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.

It was fun playing the Saints – that's the team I cheered for when I was growing up. There was a little trash-talking going on back at home, so I got the chance to get the last word and last laugh.

I don't want to seem like I'm whining about it, but I felt like they slept on me in the draft and my hometown team could've picked me up. But I'm loving it here in Houston.

A lot of people seemed like they were surprised at all the Saints fans in the stands. But I'm used to seeing something like that, because Saints fans are diehard Saints fans. Even I still had some of my family up here with black and gold on somewhere. They had to have it on.

I saw quite a few of my jerseys up in the stands, too. I was worried the store might run out because I had a bus full of people come to the game, but somehow, they re-stocked. I don't know where they get those jerseys from, but it shocks me when I go in there, though.

We had a nice get-together with my family over the weekend. They came down to the house and my mom cooked boiled crabs and everything. She's coming back up here actually this week for Thanksgiving, too, with my aunt and one of my cousins. She'll be making turkey and some gumbo and all the good stuff.

On punt returns, I'm still one man away – getting closer and closer. I'm just going to be patient and let it happen. When it hits, it hits. It's just how everybody does their job. That's all.

It's tough thinking back on the preseason because you get spoiled and you want to get back in the end zone, but like I said I've got to be patient.

I haven't heard much about what it's like to play up in Cleveland. But I've got a friend that plays fullback for them, Lawrence Vickers, and he called me talking trash already. But he said it's supposed to be cold and snowing. I ain't never played in no snow – never played in cold weather, really.

Every game's tough for us from here on out, but hey, that's the NFL. Right now we're sitting at 5-5, and it feels good. We've got a swagger about ourselves. The team feels good; you can see it in the locker room. Everybody's got a good feeling about them, a good little bounce to their step heading into this next game.

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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