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WR Julio Jones - Atlanta Falcons

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

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Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.

He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

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.

General News (Fri Oct 24): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

General News (Thu Oct 23): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Oct 22): said he should be blamed for the team's offensive struggles, because he needs to make plays when given the chance. "It starts with me," Jones said. "I got to go out there and make plays when they are presented to me. I got to go out there and catch the ball, be more of a deep threat. ... We are out there misreading or dropping balls. We have to fix that. It's nothing that the defense is doing, we have to fix that here."

General News (Wed Oct 22): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 8: vs Detroit Lions

Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. The Falcons' offensive line is in ruins as of Week 8 - Matt Ryan was sacked five times last Sunday as the team's offensive line continues to struggle with injuries and poor play. Falcons C Peter Konz suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 7. Konz was placed on Reserve/Injured Monday, October 20 and is out for the year. Konz was the team's second-string center as starter Joe Hawley was lost for the year in Week 4. Now, the Falcons will be turning to undrafted free agent James Stone as their starting center. 'We had way too much pressure,' head coach Mike Smith said on Monday, October 20. 'Our quarterback was hit and sacked way too much. There were times where we really didn't have a chance to get the play off, and that's very difficult for a quarterback, and we have to do better with our protection.' The Lions are tied for third in the NFL with 21 sacks this season, and have hit opposing quarterbacks with regularity even when they aren't sacking them. Ryan's likely to have a long day when the Lions come to dance at Wembley Stadium in London this weekend. As the pressure on Ryan has increased, his success as a passer has decreased drastically. Once the NFL's top-ranked passing attack, the Falcons eked out 29/44 for 228 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions with five sacks taken for -42 yards last weekend. Two games back, Ryan threw 19/37 for 271 yards passing, one TD and one interception while taking four sacks for -26 yards. Julio Jones has cooled off considerably of late, with a healthy 20 targets over the last two games, but just 9/124/0 receiving to show for them - Roddy White has seen 21 for 12/140/1 while tight end Levine Toilolo has been the third-highest in targets over the last two weeks, with 11 for 5/54/0 to his credit - Toilolo has dropped several catchable balls. Antone Smith (six for 6/63/1), Devonta Freeman (eight for 7/43/0) and Devin Hester (six for 4/51/0) have chipped in around the edges - Harry Douglas has been sidelined by a foot ailment for weeks now. The Lions are #1 in the NFL in terms of total defense, averaging 290.3 yards allowed per game, and they are second in the NFL in terms of total points allowed, just one point behind Baltimore, at 105 given up by Detroit. Detroit ranks seventh in the NFL averaging 216.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with seven passing scores given up balanced by eight interceptions (tied for third in the NFL) and 21 sacks (tied-third) generated to date. Drew Brees had a surprising amount of success against the Lions last week (28/45 for 335 net yards, two TDs with one interception thrown, with one sack taken for -7 yards), but he lost the game due to the crucial interception late in the contest. Teddy Bridgewater was crushed by the Lions two weeks back (23/37 for 143 net yards, zero TDs and three interceptions thrown, with eight sacks for -42 yards taken). The Saints' numbers look like an aberration and not the beginning of a trend for this excellent unit. Advantage, Detroit.

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-Dodds 0 * * 6 * * *
8 vs DET PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 7 * * *
8 vs DET PROJ-Bloom 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 will play in London (Fri Oct 24, 12:25 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) practiced in full for the second straight day Friday, Oct. 24, and he's probable for Week 8 against the Detroit Lions.

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Falcons | Julio Jones takes part in practice (Thu Oct 23, 12:17 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.

Our View: With the offensive struggles--and coming off an ankle injury, Jones isn't a lock-down WR1 this week against the tough Detroit Lions defense. He should still be in your lineup, but be prepared for him to put up numbers close to WR2 than his normal WR1 stats.
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Falcons | Julio Jones looking to improve (Wed Oct 22, 01:35 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones said he should be blamed for the team's offensive struggles, because he needs to make plays when given the chance. 'It starts with me,' Jones said. 'I got to go out there and make plays when they are presented to me. I got to go out there and catch the ball, be more of a deep threat. ... We are out there misreading or dropping balls. We have to fix that. It's nothing that the defense is doing, we have to fix that here.'

Our View: Fantasy owners need to stick with Jones. He's a huge part of the passing game, and the team lacks a ton of assets on offense. We like Jones as a WR1 in Week 8 even though he's been a bit disappointing over the last two weeks.
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Falcons | Julio Jones limited (Wed Oct 22, 12:08 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Our View: Fantasy owners have been disappointed with Jones in the last couple of weeks. He's a little banged up with this ankle injury, but he needs to be in your lineup as a low-end WR1.
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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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