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.*

There's a new big thing around here - Halo 3. I'm not into that. That'd probably drive me crazy, man, because if they keep killing me, I'm going to quit. A lot of guys on the team play it, though. I see that, and I don't know how they could do it, either. They play on online playing and everything and we've got some X-Boxes here at the players' lounge. But I don't think I could do it. I'm a Madden type of guy, stuff like that. College football. That's me.

Anyway, my shoulder feels pretty good. It's sore, but it's not going to stop me from playing. I'm going to go with it, see how it feels. I'd say I'm around 85-90 percent right now, but if it's up to me, I'm going to go ahead and play this week. If the doctors say otherwise, I'm just going to try my best to get on the field.

The coaches are saying they want to know if I can go or not. Like I said, if it's up to me, I can go. There's a little soreness. But it's football; I'm going to suck that up and play with it. Anybody can play through a little pain.

It's been driving me crazy to be on the sidelines. All the receivers look like they're having fun out there. I want to do my thing and have some fun, too. If that means returning punts, kicks, whatever, I'll do it. I'm just ready to be a role player and make something happen whenever they need me.

Last week after practice I was out there every day running some gases trying to keep in shape and stay in football form. I didn't want to get sluggish, and I was hoping I could have played last week. But before the game I went out there and ran some more sprints to see how my shoulder was feeling. It was kind of hurting a little bit to run with it, so I knew I wasn't going to get to play.

But that's exciting to see all the receivers make plays again. Kevin, André, and now David Anderson made one too last week. D.A. could play, man. We knew D.A. could play since camp. Like I've been saying, the receiver group we have, we knew since camp we're all unique, we all bring something different. Coming from Lane, I never doubt at all that guys like that can play well, even though David's a little midget. But he could ball, man. He plays like he's a giant.

Like I said before, I never missed any games at Lane like I did these last two weeks. But it makes you concentrate more and learn how to fight through adversity when you go through something like that - stay focused. That's a challenge because you're not used to nothing like that. But I've gotten through it, though. And now I'm ready to get back on the field and help this team out.

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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