WR Julio Jones - Atlanta Falcons
|6-2, 220||Born: 2-3-1989||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 1, pick 6|
News you need to know
From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Dec 15): Jones was unable to practice last week due to his injured hip, and he was inactive on Sunday after being listed as questionable to play on Friday.
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Jones wasn't able to play in Week 15, and he'll likely be a game-time decision or at least questionable for Week 16 against New Orleans, with no guarantees of effectiveness.
General News (Wed Dec 17): did not practice on Wednesday. Jones is expected to be ready to play in Week 16 against the New Orleans Saints. However, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter indicated the possibility exists that Jones could sit for a second straight game. "It's hard when you don't know for sure if a guy is going to play no matter if it's Julio or not Julio,' Koetter said Tuesday, Dec. 16. 'We kind of have to have a contingency both ways. We have some 'what if Julio plays' and some 'what if Julio does not play.' We have both. That's one of the hardest things about not knowing if one of your best guys is going to go."
Week 16: at New Orleans Saints
Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Matt Ryan tossed 31/43 for 448 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown (one sack taken for -8 yards) the last time he saw New Orleans way back in Week 1. Julio Jones was his main target (nine targets for 7/116/0 receiving), while Roddy White (six for 5/72/1), Antone Smith (one for 1/54/1) and Levine Toilolo (six for 3/19/1) handled the TDs for Ryan that game. Since then, the Falcons and Saints have raced each other for the NFC South title - last week, Ryan was forced to do without Jones (posting 26/37 for 310 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions, with zero sacks) during a narrow 20-27 loss to Pittsburgh. Harry Douglas (14 targets for 10/131/0 receiving) and Roddy White (10 for 7/58/1) were the most-targeted receivers on the squad in Jones' absence, while Devin Hester (six for 5/85/1) also made his presence felt as a receiver while Jones stood on the sidelines. As of Monday, head coach Mike Smith was optimistic that Jones will play in this divisional showdown, but it remains to be seen how much Jones will practice - fantasy owners should stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News for the latest on how involved Jones is in practices this week. The Saints' pass D is now tied for 26th in the NFL averaging 257.1 net passing yards allowed per game, with 24 pass scores given out vs. 11 interceptions (tied for 19th in the NFL) and 31 sacks generated to date (tied-22nd). Jay Cutler and company limped to 17/31 for 153 net yards, two TDs and three interceptions thrown (with seven sacks taken for -41 yards) on Monday Night Football against New Orleans, while Cam Newton wasn't sacked once two weeks ago (with 21/33 for 226 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown). This pass D is usually very giving, as you can see. This looks like it will be a high-scoring shootout - advantage, Atlanta, even if Jones is sidelined again.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 13 vs ARI (12 / 10 / 189 / 1 rec)
It was a career day for Jones, who learned this week that Patrick Peterson gave the receiver some bulletin board material through the media when the corner asked his team to put him exclusively on Jones. Although Jones had a fine day, Peterson's day was equally bad. Of the 10 catches Jones' earned in this game, only twice did Peterson try to jam the receiver at the line of scrimmage. Even then, Peterson failed to get his hands on his opponent early enough to alter a route down field and it drew a defensive penalty on one of them late in the second half that resulted in a 41-yard gain on a catch that Arizona should have challenged because Jones didn't get both feet in bounds. On the other, Jones made a leaping catch on a slant to begin the day with a 24-yard gain to get Atlanta to the Cardinals' five yard-line after working off Peterson's press technique. Otherwise, Peterson offered no resistance off the line for Jones on a fade up the left sideline for a 30-yard score and later a skinny post late in the first quarter that put Atlanta near the red zone. Jones also blew by Peterson in the flats to get Atlanta into scoring position multiple times in this game. Jones even made a nice block on a crossing route to Harry Douglas that opened a 14-yard gain on the third series of the day. The only negatives involving Jones were a near-interception at the goal line when slot cornerback Jerraud Powers read Matt Ryan's eyes and abandoned his assignment to jump Jones' shallow cross to foil a touchdown and a pick-six in the first half where Rashad Johnson came over top Jones' deep slant and took it 88 yards through the Atlanta offense.
2014 Week 14 vs GB (17 / 11 / 259 / 1 rec)
It was a career night for Jones, whose 250-yard outing was a fine display of aggressive work between the receiver and his quarterback as well as poor work from the Packers defense. Ryan found Jones at the Packers' 25 on a sideline curl against Sam Shields in the first series. Then Jones settled in the left flat for eight yards at the left hash to set up a third and seven where he caught a quick-hitter up the seam past Micah Hyde and ran through a tackle to get inside the five to set up a Steven Jackson touchdown. Ryan later earned enough time on a seven-step drop in the mid-second quarter to hit Jones on a 17-yard crossing route at the left hash. Jones nearly lost the ball, but gained 25 yards with his run after the catch. Then Ryan overshot Jones up the left seam late in the first half on third down and forced a punt, but Ryan later found Jones on a deep slant that got Atlanta to mid-field with less than 30 seconds in the half--a gain of nearly 30 yards. In the second half, Ryan and Jones caught fire thanks to cornerbacks that refused to jam Jones and a Packers defense that continued to use single coverage on the receiver. Ryan found Jones on the first play of the second half on a deep slant and go Jones sold as well as any route I've seen him run. Jones caught the ball at the 50 and weaved through a part of the Packers' secondary for a 79-yard gain to the Green Bay 3. On the next series, Ryan threw a quick play-action pass to Jones in end zone, but Jones caught it out of bounds. Green Bay finally bracketed Jones after the receiver earned 179 yards on the night, but Atlanta countered by moving Jones to the slot on several plays. Ryan targeted Jones early in the fourth quarter for a 12-yard gain. Jones only true mistake was an illegal shift that nullified a gain by Steven Jackson to get inside the 15 of Green Bay, but the receiver made up for it with a spinning grab on Sam Shields , who didn't even try to jam the red-hot Jones. The play resulted in a touchdown and Jones had over 200 yards by the middle of the fourth quarter while cutting the lead to 10 points. Jones got open in the left flat once again in the early fourth quarter on the next drive to up his total to 232 yards. At this point, Green Bay finally broke up a target to Jones in single coverage, thanks to a diving play by Davon House. However, Jones still got wide open against a blitz to reach to the Green Bay 33 and reach the 250-yard mark. Jones' stamina became an issue and he had to leave the field to get a breather after the next snap. Later in the series, House defended a fade in the end zone and nearly intercepted the ball if not for Jones making a good play on the defender. Jones finished the game with reception for the first down inside the Packers' five on a route from the slot, breaking a tackle in the process. However, Jones left the game holding his side a play later and with five minutes left, he sat out the rest of the contest due to what was initially called a hip injury.
Latest NewsFalcons | Julio Jones not practicing (Wed Dec 17, 01:25 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) is not participating in the portion of practice open to the media Wednesday, Dec. 17. Our View: Jones may not play in Week 16, and fantasy owners need to be dialed in here for a few reasons. First, if Jones doesn't play then Roddy White, Harry Douglas and Devin Hester all become better plays. If Jones does play, we like him as more of a WR2 coming off this hip injury.
link to story Falcons | Julio Jones could sit in Week 16 (Tue Dec 16, 09:31 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) is expected to be ready to play in Week 16 against the New Orleans Saints. However, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter indicated the possibility exists that Jones could sit for a second straight game. 'It's hard when you don't know for sure if a guy is going to play no matter if it's Julio or not Julio,' Koetter said Tuesday, Dec. 16. 'We kind of have to have a contingency both ways. We have some 'what if Julio plays' and some 'what if Julio does not play.' We have both. That's one of the hardest things about not knowing if one of your best guys is going to go.' Our View: Fantasy owners need to keep track of Jones' practice status during the week. If Jones plays, we see him as a low-end WR1. If he misses the game, then Roddy White would get a bump in the projections to a mid-range WR2. Both Devin Hester and Harry Douglas would get a bump as well. Hester would become a more interesting flex play in deeper leagues while Dougles would check in at a low-end WR2/WR3 with upside.
link to story Falcons | Julio Jones expected to play (Mon Dec 15, 02:39 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) is expected to be ready to play in Week 16, according to head coach Mike Smith. Our View: We'll see what Jones looks like during the week of practice. If all systems are "go" we see Jones as a WR1 for championship rounds in Week 16.
link to story Falcons | Julio Jones inactive Sunday (Sun Dec 14, 11:46 AM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) is inactive Sunday, Dec. 14. link to story Falcons | Week 15 Inactives (Sun Dec 14, 11:45 AM) - The Atlanta Falcons have declared LB James Anderson, OT Jonathan Scott, WR Julio Jones, CB Robert Alford, QB Sean Renfree, LB Tyler Starr, SS William Moore inactive for Week 15. Our View: Harry Douglas and Kemal Ishmael will replace Jones and Moore and both are viable fantasy plays today at their respective positions.
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