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WR Julio Jones - Atlanta Falcons

6-2, 220Born: 2-3-1989College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 1, pick 2011

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News you need to know

General News (Fri Sep 21): partially participated in Friday's practice but is not on the team's injury report.

General News (Thu Sep 20): did not practice on Thursday.

General News (Wed Sep 19): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 3: vs New Orleans Saints

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Matt Ryan mostly faceplanted in Week 1 but enjoyed a nice bounce-back last Sunday. Taking advantage of the Panthers' shaky cornerbacks, Ryan consistently found his wideouts for chain-moving completions en route to a 23-of-28, 272-yard, 2-touchdown performance. Unlike in Week 1, he was able to spread the ball to different targets beyond Julio Jones. Jones is an all-world receiver, of course, but the Falcons tend to stall out when he's the only one seeing action. Last week, rookie Calvin Ridley made his first NFL receptions, hauling in 4 for 64 and 1 touchdown. Between Jones' downfield greatness and Ridley's quick feet on the route tree, there are elements in place for a very productive unit here. Another encouraging Week 2 aspect was the inclusion of tight end Austin Hooper, who's often criminally underused in the gameplan. Hooper is big (6'4" and 254) and nimble in the Kyle Rudolph vein, and like Rudolph, he brings a strong, physical presence to the red zone. Hooper consistently beat the Carolina linebackers into the seams for 59 yards on 5 catches, including a short touchdown. In Week 1, the Saints allowed Ryan Fitzpatrick and his receivers to accumulate 417 yards and 4 touchdowns. The results were more palatable in Week 2, though Tyrod Taylor did complete 22 of 30 throws, including 3 of 23 yards or more. Taylor played a fairly sanitized game, but found numerous openings across the middle, then capped his day with a long touchdown pass. Typically, the Saints have more opportunity to make splash plays against the pass - and also to allow even more big-gainers. They were famously gashed by the deep ball in Week 1, and they're one of the league's more prone to it. Dating back to last season, no team has allowed more completions of 20+ yards than the Saints and Colts (69). Cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley are gambling ballhawks at heart, and while both can many quarterbacks pay, they also tend to jump early on throws and leave receivers open with daylight.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at PHI 57 1 11 0 19 10 169 0 0 18
2 vs CAR 48 0 0 0 9 5 64 0 0 6.4
3 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 7 * * * *
3 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 7 * * * *
3 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 6 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Julio Jones's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 2 vs CAR (9 / 5 / 64 / 0 rec)

Featured in the slot as the inside trips receiver, he earned a strong mismatch on the first third down of the game for his first catch. After catching an out at the top of the second drive, he dropped an out delivered over his inside shoulder against James Bradberry.

2018 Week 1 vs PHI (19 / 10 / 169 / 0 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)

Jones began the game with a spot-out for 10 yards against the zone and followed up with an end around where he stiff-armed the safety to reach the sideline for a first down. Four plays later, Ryan found Jones on a wide-open sail route on 3rd and 10 to reach the red zone on the opening drive. Jones dropped a pass over the middle to begin the third series. The ball arrived a little behind Jones. Jones caught a comeback to begin Atlanta's fourth series. Jones had to wait on a sideline route during a two-minute drill. He dropped a third-and-short in-cut that bounced off his chest in tight coverage late in the half and it led to a punt. Jones dropped a deep route up the sideline that was subject to one of those minutiae rulings that frustrate coaches, players, and fans alike. Jones ran a beautiful post during the two-minute drill for a 36-yard gain and then an 18-yard gain on an out for a first down. With one second left, Jones misplayed the fade route and couldn't stay in bounds. Most fans will believe it was a bad throw but it was a bad attack of a fade route. Receivers are supposed to jump towards the ball and the ball wasn't too high for Jones to attack with a leap straight up.


Latest News

Falcons | Atlanta's Week 3 injury report (Fri Sep 21, 03:39 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee), DE Derrick Shelby (groin) and LB Corey Nelson (calf) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 21, and are listed as questionable for Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints. DE Takkarist McKinley (groin) was limited in practice Friday after not participating the previous two days and is also listed as questionable. OG Ben Garland (calf), WR Russell Gage Jr. (knee) and CB Isaiah Oliver (ankle) practiced in full Friday and have been taken off the injury report. WR Julio Jones (calf) was limited in practice Friday but also no longer appears on the injury report.

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Falcons | Julio Jones returns to practice Friday (Fri Sep 21, 12:53 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (calf) was spotted working out during the open portion of practice Friday, Sept. 21, after sitting out the previous two days of practice.

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Falcons | Julio Jones sits again (Thu Sep 20, 05:29 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (calf) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 20.

Our View: Jones needs to practice on Friday in order for us to trust him on Sunday. The game against the Saints presents a challenge as CB Marshon Lattimore should cover Jones. That being said, Jones projects as a WR1 anytime he hits the field so start him accordingly.
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Falcons | No practice for Julio Jones (Wed Sep 19, 05:33 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (calf) was unable to practice Wednesday, Sept. 19.

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Falcons | Wednesday's practice report for Atlanta (Wed Sep 19, 05:28 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee), DE Takkarist McKinley (groin), DE Derrick Shelby (groin) and WR Julio Jones (calf) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 19. OG Ben Garland (calf), LB Corey Nelson (calf) and WR Russell Gage Jr. (knee) were listed as limited participants. CB Isaiah Oliver (ankle) was able to practice in full.

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