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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 16): Jones still hasn't returned the value expected on a top five pick, but the team has said they will get him more involved, and the matchup against New England next week couldn't be better.

General News (Mon Oct 16): will be more involved in the offense if head coach Dan Quinn has his way.

Week 7: at New England Patriots

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FBG says: Great matchup. Naturally, Matt Ryan has regressed noticeably from his electrifying 2016 season, but the drop has been quite noticeable. Ryan is throwing for 12% fewer yards and "boasting" his worst passer rating (87.3) since 2009, his second NFL season. He's also showing that last year's touchdown explosion was largely a fluke; his touchdown rate has been cut by more than half, and he's on pace to throw a pitiful 19 of them. A hefty chunk of the fall can be blamed on the team's downfield game, which has all but disappeared in 2017. With bracket coverage limiting Julio Jones and speedster Taylor Gabriel mostly neutralized, Ryan has completed just 10 of his 28 deep passes (15+ yards). He's also been uncharacteristically leaking turnovers, with 6 interceptions through 5 games after just 7 over 19 games last year (playoffs included). Jones himself has disappointed thus far, averaging 32% fewer yards per game than over his 2014-16 stretch and entering Week 7 still touchdown-less. The lack of scoring presence is a long-term thing for Jones, who's rarely targeted in the red zone has ineffective when he is. But in general, the Falcons need him to start dominating matchups on a 2015 level if this passing game is going to truly break out. A return by Mohamed Sanu, the team's top possession threat behind Jones, would also help, but he looks doubtful for Sunday. In any event, though, the Falcons are facing a "get right" game against the Patriots, so this could kick them into gear across the board. In every game thus far, the Patriots have allowed their opposing quarterback to reach his season high in yardage. That's an incredibly ugly stat, made even worse when we consider Josh McCown's 31-of-47, 351-yard, 2-touchdown performance from last week. The Jets were merely next in line to shred the Patriots' shaky secondary and invisible pass rush, which have collectively allowed the most yards and net yards per attempt in football. They've also given up more completions of 20+ yards than anyone, as well as the third-most passing touchdowns. The often-toothless Jets attack managed to produce 4 receivers of 59+ yards, and McCown's dominance would've been even more apparent had Austin Seferian-Jenkins not fumbled at the pylon in the fourth quarter. Like the Saints of recent years, this is a defensive matchup to target aggressively with opposing passers and receivers, thanks to their sheer ineptitude and the wide-open pace of most Patriots games.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
3 at DET 58 0 0 0 12 7 91 0 0 9.1
4 vs BUF 15 0 0 0 4 3 30 0 0 3
6 vs MIA 45 0 0 0 7 6 72 0 0 7.2
7 at NE PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 6 * * * *
7 at NE PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 6 * * * *
7 at NE PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 7 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 6 vs MIA (7 / 6 / 72 / 0 rec)

He drew a defensive pass interference call on the cornerback Xavien Howard during the opening drive on 3rd and 10 to get past midfield. Jones ran a fall-out in the flat for a quick five. He followed up with a crossing route and he ran through Howard's wrap and avoided the safetey's hit for the first down to the Atlanta 49. Ryan threw the ball low and at the back hip of Jones on a crossing route and Jones dropped it on 2nd and 11 during the third offensive series. Jones and Ryan had a miscommunication on an adjustment where Ryan threw the go route and Jones ran the stop fade. Jones later caught a slant with 0:13 left in the half and no time outs and then a second short pass to the boundary for a few yards to set up a Matt Bryant field goal attempt of 59 yards that was short. Jones took a quick pass to the right sideline on a trips throw-out as the inside man for the first down to kick off the fourth quarter. Down by three, Jones earned a first down on a corner route just ahead of the two-minute warning.

2017 Week 4 vs BUF (4 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)

He earned the opening target on a quick out where he juggled the ball against the rookie White but controlled it for a few yards after White nearly knocked it free. Jones earned a third-down conversion on a slant against man underneath and then a second conversion with a shallow route. Ryan overthrew Jones on a deep crossing route near midfield during the second drive. By the fourth series, Jones was sideline with a hip flexor. He tried stretching it out but went to the locker room before Atlanta earned its final two drives of the half and he never returned.

2017 Week 3 vs DET (12 / 7 / 91 / 0 rec)

Jones was double-covered to begin the game on a play action deep corner to begin the game and the pass was over thrown. He took the Falcons inside the Lions 45 with a curl near the sideline and he pushed three defenders for another 6-7 yards. Jones drew a defensive pass interference target up the right sideline on what was really a 3rd-and-2 throwaway by Ryan under pressure that turned into a 22-yard play. Two big Freeman runs to lead off the third series set up a play-action crossing route with a boot to the right, leading to a 13-yard gain and a first down at the Detroit 38. Jones caught a deep sideline route in the end zone on the first Atlanta play of the second half, but his outside foot landed out of bounds. Jones setup a 3rd and 3 late in the 3rd quarter with a 10-yard reception over the middle. He got back into the act on a play-action crossing route, caught the ball for the first down, and earned more after a hard hit to his hips at the catch point. Ryan targeted Jones on a deep seam route on a play-action pass with 10 minutes in the fourth quarter, but high-low bracket coverage prevented the catch in the end zone. Jones earned another first down on a hook working back to the QB late in the fourth quarter.

2017 Week 2 vs GB (9 / 5 / 108 / 0 rec)

He kicked off the game with a five-yard catch in the outside flat just past the man coverage of Damarious Randall. He broke Randall's tackle as he turned up field and gained the first down plus another 11 up the sideline. Two plays later, Jones ran the intermediate slant against Randall for a 33-yard gain off a play-action stretch play. Ryan found Jones on a 3rd and 12 out pattern during the third series from a trips formation where Jones got a free release, caught the ball, broke the tackle, and reached the sticks before exciting the boundary. Jones caught another intermediate cross about 16 yards downfield after breaking a Kentrell Brice tackle near the right sideline. He beat the double team and earned 29 yards to the Green Bay 28. Jones dropped a 3rd and 9 crossing route late in the half against tight coverage from Morgan Burnett. Jones went over 100 yards with a 9-yard gain on a short slant with 4 minutes left as Atlanta bled the clock with a 34-23 lead.

2017 Week 1 vs CHI (5 / 4 / 66 / 0 rec)

Jones caught a slant on a backside slant and spun inside the safety for the first down and additional yards, for 19 off the PA pass. He gained 18 yards on corner route opened by motion of Austin Hooper to same side on out. crossing route to Jones for 25 to get inside the red zone. Then Jones was not targeted the entire third quarter. Jones was thwarted later by a good break on the ball on a spot out cut off by Cooper. Short hook well covered under the zone on 3rd and 10 for a short gain and set up a 37-yard FG.

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Latest News

Falcons | Atlanta not content with Julio Jones' touches (Mon Oct 16, 04:36 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones will be more involved in the offense if head coach Dan Quinn has his way.

Our View: Fantasy owners aren't happy with his lack of involvement either. Quinn said he was not satisfied with how often Jones was seeing the ball, adding that more offensive plays in general will help that cause. Jones has only one 100-yard game this year (Week 2 against the Packers) and has yet to score a touchdown in 2017.
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Falcons | Julio Jones off injury report (Fri Oct 13, 06:41 PM) - Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) was listed as a limited participant for practice Friday, Oct. 13, and he has been removed from the injury report ahead of the Week 6 game with the Miami Dolphins.

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Falcons | Week 6 injury report for Atlanta (Fri Oct 13, 06:40 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) and DE Courtney Upshaw (ankle, knee) did not practice Friday, Oct.13, and have been ruled out for Week 6 against the Miami Dolphins. LB Jermaine Grace (hamstring) was limited, but he is also out. LB Vic Beasley (hamstring), PK Matt Bryant (back) and WR Julio Jones (hip) were limited, but have been removed from the injury report. S Ricardo Allen (concussion), WR Justin Hardy (illness), OT Ryan Schraeder (concussion) and RB Terron Ward (neck, shoulder) were able to practice in full.

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Falcons | Julio Jones cleared to play (Fri Oct 13, 02:47 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) has been cleared to play Week 6 versus the Miami Dolphins.

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Falcons | Julio Jones limited again (Thu Oct 12, 01:14 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) put in a limited practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 12.

Our View: We expect him to play and torch the lackluster Miami secondary this week. So unless we see a day where he does nothing, we're not worried.
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Schedule

7@ New England Patriots
8@ New York Jets
9@ Carolina Panthers
10vs Dallas Cowboys
11@ Seattle Seahawks
12vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13vs Minnesota Vikings
14vs New Orleans Saints
15@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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