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WR Julio Jones - Atlanta Falcons

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): Whether Jones' elite WR1 value is truly bulletproof will be tested in the upcoming weeks. The offensive line is a horror show, and the quarterback play is following suit. You can't bench Jones against the Lions, but you might wish you had.

Week 8: vs Detroit Lions

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 at MIN 0 0 0 8 6 82 0 0
5 at NYG 0 0 0 16 11 105 0 0
6 vs CHI 1 1 0 12 4 68 0 0
7 at BAL 0 0 0 8 5 56 0 0
8 vs DET PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 7 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs NYG (16 / 11 / 105 / 0 rec)

Matt Ryan leaned hard on Jones this week. The first catch was a deep out over the shallow zone for a 22-yard gain where Jones made a good catch after contact. A skinny post that was a little high and wide and Jones dropped the ball after contact, but the receiver later followed up with a catch on a crossing route accompanying a play-action bootleg. Jones converted a third down on another crossing route and a third crosser featured one of the best catches of the day--a one-handed stab on a bullet thrown ahead of him in tight coverage. Despite Ryan relying heavily on Jones, the big receiver still had some difficulties getting loose from Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on a sideline fade that forced a punt at the edge of field goal range. As New York didn't get fooled by the shovel pass in the red zone, the Giants limited Jones in the screen game and forced Atlanta to feed the big receiver on higher risk passes in tight coverage. It's good sign that Jones continues to gain more consistency on tight coverage plays.

2014 Week 6 vs CHI (12 / 4 / 68 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

One of Jones' weaknesses when he entered the NFL was his ability to make tough plays in the face of contact. When his back is turned to a hit, he seems to fare better than seeing the likelihood of a defensive back coming for him. Chicago told the FOX broadcast team that Atlanta's receivers weren't tough and the defense believed it could disrupt the passing game with physical play. This week, Chicago was correct. Jones dropped three passes in this contest. The first was a difficult low and away crossing route that bounced off Jones' hands while trailed tightly by a linebacker and a safety coming over the top to clean up the play. Jones juggled a hitch on 3rd and 10 later in the half and as he was trying to secure the ball, cornerback Kyle Fuller stripped it loose. Jones had to scramble around a pileup to regain possession and Atlanta still had to punt. Later in the game, Fuller knocked away a target to Jones late in the third quarter. Jones also dropped one of Atlanta's bread-and-butter plays: a quick play-action post to the backside. The safety over top knocked the ball loose from Jones. One thing that did work out for the first time since Week 1 was the wide receiver screen. Atlanta found Jones for a strong gain of over 20 yards when it ran play action with a pulling guard before delivering the ball to Jones on the trips side. Jones had a reverse that he took up field for a first down, but his teammate Roddy White was called for holding and it nullified the run. Jones did have some decent plays to salvage what was otherwise a bad day, including a 29-yard reception on a skinny post where Jones did a fine job of leading the defensive back outside before a quick break inside.

2014 Week 7 vs BAL (8 / 5 / 56 / 0 rec)

Jones, like the rest of the passing offense, suffered because of the offensive line's lackluster performance. Atlanta had to target Jones on short passes and this made it difficult to sustain drives. Jones gained six up the right sideline on third and long on the opening drive that began deep in their own area of the field. This was a quick throw and Baltimore stymied Jones easily. There was another quick throw outside in the third series for a seven-yard gain and then a 2nd-and-long screen where he stiff- armed safety Darian Stewart in the flat for good yardage to set up a 3rd and 10. Jones' next target didn't come until the mid-fourth quarter on a 24-yard skinny post when the Baltimore defense stopped sitting on routes. Jones left of the sideline with a slight limp that he was trying to walk off. During garbage time, Ryan almost found Jones on a deep fade of 34 yards, but Ryan targeted Jones' outside shoulder and Jones was initially looking to his inside. As long as Atlanta's offensive line is this weak, Jones' upside has a boom-bust quality.


Latest News

Falcons | Julio Jones probable (Fri Oct 17, 01:23 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and is probable for Week 7.

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Falcons | Julio Jones limited (Thu Oct 16, 03:19 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 16.

Our View: We're not worried as Jones is probably just getting a little extra time off. Even as bad as the offense has played, Jones remains a solid WR1 every week.
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Falcons | Julio Jones limited (Wed Oct 15, 04:01 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Our View: We should see Jones participate fully on Friday at the latest. Check back to see if he's able to do that.
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Falcons | Julio Jones nicked up (Wed Oct 15, 10:48 AM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) was spotted slowly dragging his left foot as he left the locker room Monday, Oct. 13. His left ankle has bothered him since the Week 4 game. He rarely practices fully early in the week because of the ailment, but it's not the same foot that he had surgically repaired twice.

Our View: Jones should be limited in practice all week if this ankle injury hangs around.
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Falcons | Julio Jones probable (Fri Oct 10, 03:12 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 10, and is listed as probable for Week 6.

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