WR Julio Jones - Atlanta Falcons
|6-2, 220||Born: 2-3-1989||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2011|
News you need to know
General News (Wed Jan 23): led all receivers with 24 receptions for first downs on 30 third-down targets this past season.
Week 21: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Julio Jones's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 17 vs TB (13 / 9 / 138 / 1 rec)
Targeted on an empty-set slant working from the right against Brent Grimes on-on-one but the corner knocked the target away. Jones earned seven on third and eight, slipping as he tried to avoid Lavonte David. This led to a punt to end the second drive. Jones was tightly covered again on dig route and the cornerback drove on the ball with the safety over top to defend the pass. Jones scored on a post route with 20 seconds left with a good fake outside to the corner and then a strong stab and turn to the post. He caught a short out for nine yards to open the second half. Jones earned a hook up the sideline on 3rd and 10 and worked through a tackle to set up a 1st and goal. Jones earned 15 yards on an out route at the end of the third quarter. Jones earned a 37-yard catch on stutter-and-go in the fourth quarter and took a huge hit on his hip by the safety over top but still retained possession. Two plays later he earned 100 yards receiver, working under the zone and finishing strong through two linebackers for a first down inside the Tampa 30. Jones earned a first down to the Tampa 45 on a 16-yard over route under the safeties late in the game. Jones earned 16 yards on 3rd and 11 late in the game for his ninth catch on a square-in under the deep coverage.
2018 Week 16 vs CAR (5 / 4 / 28 / 1 rec)
Jones earned 11 yards to begin the game on a short pass to the right flat and then was out of the game for the next two plays after facing physical play on the tackle. He was in and out of the lineup for the rest of the drive. He caught a second target during that drive for nine yards as the slot receiver on a settle route under the zone. He earned 12 yards on third down on a crossing route and turned up field on Luke Kuechly to the Carolina three. He scored on a route crossing the end line to the right corner of the end zone on third down to culminate Atlanta's first drive. Jones earned a deep post in the middle of the third quarter but Ryan led Jones too far.
2018 Week 15 vs ARI (8 / 6 / 82 / 1 rec)
The opening play was a fade route to Jones on Patrick Peterson that went through Jones' hands. Peterson only faced Jones when Arizona played man coverage, which resulted in giving Ryan and the Falcons an easy tell. Arizona stuffed Jones on a fake toss to Coleman and shovel pass to the receiver inside the five, setting up a third and goal. Jones earned 22 yards up the seam after a fumble recovery to reach the Arizona 12. Jones earned 17 yards on a screen play to the left with a fake toss to the right that set up the play nicely. He dropped a shallow route from trips right on third and one, thanks to a good wrap by Tre Boston playing trail position. This led to a punt. Jones earned two routes at the left sideline late in the half against Peterson and then beat the corner up the left sideline for a 21-yard score. He left the field with 0:13 in the half to get extra attention in the training room due to a rib injury from the diving catch, and didn't play during the first few plays of the initial drive in the second half. He told the trainers on the sideline that he wants to play and returned to the field when Atlanta reached the Arizona 50. However, the coaches benched him by quarter's end after Tevin Coleman's touchdown gave Atlanta a significant lead.
2018 Week 14 vs GB (11 / 8 / 106 / 2 rec)
He was awarded a reception on a fade route up the right sideline that he juggled on the way down and the ball came loose as he hit the ground despite a Packers challenge that took Atlanta across midfield. He was also involved in a close call on the next target--an out where his second foot dragged partially in and then out of bounds--that was called complete. The Packers challenged this play again and the officials upheld the ruling again. Jones scored later in the drive on a crossing route from the 16 and earned 14 yards on his own after the catch for the opening drive touchdown. Jones' fourth catch was a settle route up the seam for six yards. Jones beat Jaire Alexander on the fade to reach the Packers' 13 but Jake Matthews nullified the play with a penalty. Atlanta punted two plays later. Ryan overshot Jones, who beat Jaire Alexander on a deep post, late in the third quarter on 3rd and 10 and it resulted in another punt. Jones scored on a 12-yard hitch in the early fourth quarter after Alexander played too much cushion in the red zone early in the fourth quarter, closing the Packers' lead to 20 points.
2018 Week 13 vs BAL (8 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
He earned a quick nine yards on a play-action crossing route to midfield early in the game. Jones made a great catch against tight coverage for about eight yards against Jimmy Smith on a well-anticipated pass on third and three. Atlanta began the second series with a wounded duck that forced Julio Jones into a jump-ball situation on a deep play-action pass that was way short and Eric Weddle knocked from Jones' grip. Jones dropped a stick route that bounced off his hands near his waist - a concentration drop where he turned his head up field before securing the ball. Marlon Humphrey defended Julio by stacking the receiver and forced Julio into a difficult attack of the ball to force a 3rd and 10. Ryan found Jones on an out but Marlon Humphrey knocked the ball loose with a hard hit but the officials called a helmet-to-helmet hit on Humphrey when it was Jones who lowered his head into the contact and it gave Atlanta new life. Jones dropped a deep over route between defenders where Ryan threaded the needle but a holding call on the tackle would have nullified a catch.
2018 Week 12 vs NO (14 / 11 / 147 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Jones earned most of his gains over the middle on crossing routes and slants. He made a tough catch between three defenders to begin the game for a gain of 12. He got open on a back-shoulder throw between Eli Apple and the safety but Ryan did not place the ball well enough for Jones to turn away from Apple. The target forced Jones to attempt a catch with Apple reaching to knock the ball away easily. Jones caught a crossing route and earned another 10 yards after the catch with less than 20 seconds in the half but as he was working towards the boundary, the Saints' defense helicoptered the receiver and forced a turnover inside the 15, ending Atlanta's drive. Ryan found Jones with pressure in his face and hit the receiver on a crossing route from an off-balanced throw but Jones could only make one defender miss before slipping to the ground at the sideline two yards shy of the marker during the first drive of the second half. Jones earned a short gain on and out against Apple and couldn't earn yards after the six-yard catch. Ryan found Jones for a first down on a crossing route off play-action for the receiver's seventh catch of the night to reach the Atlanta 39. Jones earn a quick slant past midfield on a drive after the Saints went up again by 21. Jones found an open space on a fourth-down dig route with 6:00 left and down by 21 but after Calvin Ridley fumbled away a shot to cut the lead to 14, the rest of Jones' plays were meaningless for all but fantasy owners collecting on thise 11 receptions and 147 yards.
2018 Week 11 vs DAL (9 / 6 / 118 / 1 rec)
He earned 28 yards to midfield on a crossing route where he earned about half of the yardage after the catch up the left seam on the second play of the game. Jones dropped a wobbly pass thrown under pressure that Demarcus Lawrence disrupted during the first drive. Jones was between two defenders and the ball bounced off his hands inside the Dallas 10. Julio Jones saved an interception when Matt Ryan tried to throw a deep ball up the seam off a three step drop that was woefully inaccurate. Jones tackled Heath and dislodged the ball. Ryan found Jones on a quick slant on third and eight at the two-minute mark of the half and earned a gain of 12 and field-goal range. Jones earned six yards on a short hitch early in the second half. Ryan threw the fade to Jones but the receiver was late to turn to the ball on third down and led to a Matt Bryant field goal. Jones earned 19 on a toe-tapping comeback after Ryan avoided edge pressure early in the fourth quarter. Jones earned 20 on a crossing route against zone coverage to reach the Dallas red zone early in the fourth quarter - Atlanta's firs ttrip there today. Jones had to slow down on a go route to make an over-the-shoulder catch against tight coverage for a 34-yard touchdown inside the two-minute warning, tying the game.
2018 Week 10 vs CLE (11 / 7 / 107 / 1 rec)
Ryan found Jones on a sit route and he gained 30 yards on the catch and run into the red zone on the play after Atlanta picking off Cleveland. Jones pushed through Denzel Ward on a third-and-one receiver screen for Jones' second score in as many games. Ryan hit Jones on an 18-yard sail route during the two-minute drill after gaining a four-point lead on Atlanta late in the half. Jones began the second half with a 24-yard dino route (in-out-in pattern) with a great Ryan look-off. Jones ended the third quarter with a catch up the left seam. Jones earned a dig route into the end zone underneath Cleveland's soft coverage early in the fourth quarter. Ryan targeted Jones again and drew a pass interference foul on Browns corner T.J. Carrie, which was a questionable call and put Atlanta inside the Cleveland six. T.J. Carrie defended a Julio Jones fade from the one on 2nd and goal with five left.
2018 Week 9 vs WAS (10 / 7 / 121 / 1 rec)
Josh Norman knocked away a Julio Jones comeback to begin the first Falcons' series. Jones didn't come back to the ball enough. A series later, Jones earned a catch on a short out for a first down. He earned 20 on an over route on third down for Atlanta's fifth third-down conversion. Jones then got open up the left seam on a deep slant for another 26 yards, beating the linebacker on the route. Jones got open on a 3rd and 13 midway through thye fourth quarter on a deep go against Josh Norman and Norman pulled Jones to the ground for a defensive pass interference foul that cost Washington 47 yards and a first and 10 at the Washington 12. His first touchdown of the season came late in the game on a screen pass where he turned around Josh Norman with a hard stab outside and Atlanta's left tackle and left guard worked inside-out to seal the edge of Washington defense and give Jones a one-on-one in the secondary with the ball in his hand. Jones stiff-armed a defender to the ground to back his way into the end zone.
2018 Week 7 vs NYG (12 / 9 / 104 / 0 rec)
Atlanta began with a play-action boot to Jones on a drag route for a 10-yard gain. Backed up at their own one, Ryan found Jones run a 10-yard out for the first down to begin the second series. He earned another 11 yards on a hitch underneath coverage during the third series. Jones gained eight yards on a third-and-long shallow cross for eight yards--breaking multiple tackles--and led to a third punt. He earned 15 yards on a throw up the right sideline with roughly 30 seconds left in the half. Late in the half, Jones got wide-open on a go route and helped draw a defensive interference penalty on an underthrown target to get Atlanta into field goal range. Janoris Jenkins pulled the ball free from Jones on a crossing route in the third quarter after Jones didn't secure the ball to his frame and the Giants petitioned the replay official to overrule the play as an incomplete pass. After the Giants cut the lead to eight, Jones earned a play-action target over the middle and tipped the throw to himself that was little behind his break.
2018 Week 6 vs TB (14 / 10 / 143 / 0 rec)
He earned a quick throw-out during the first drive and made the first man miss for 10 yards during the first drive. Jones caught a slant during the second drive for a short gain. He followed up on the next play with a crossing route for a 10-yard gain on 3rd and 9 against linebacker Kwon Alexander. Julio Jones flattened an out route due to coverage on a play-action pass during the second quarter but Matt Ryan threw it more like a sail route as if the defensive back wasn't over top and that created an overthrow. Two plays later, Jones lost Brent Grimes on a corner route to reach the Tampa nine. Jones earned 16 yards over the middle with 6 seconds left to set up a half-ending field goal to extend its 8-point lead to 11. Jones earned another slant on third down for a quick conversion of a third down. Jones earned a big gain on an out route off a play-action boot leg early in the fourth quarter. Jones was underthrown on a deep route to the end zone on the next play.
2018 Week 5 vs PIT (9 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)
His only target during the first quarter and a half was a short in-cut thrown behind Jones and he couldn't catch the ball that bounced off his hands as he turned into the target. Ryan was behind Jones on a crossing route two plays later on third down but an illegal use of hands by the defense led to an automatic first down. He didn't earn a catch on four targets through three quarters of this game. Jones earned consecutive catches after the Steelers padded its lead to 34-17 in the middle of the fourth quarter.
2018 Week 4 vs CIN (12 / 9 / 173 / 0 rec)
Atlanta went empty on its second third down of the initial drive and Ryan found Jones in the middle of the field while throwing on the move, squeezing the ball between the linebacker and safety to get the offense to the Bengals' 11. Jones converted a third down on the second drive on a quick slant against the blitz and beat the tight trail coverage and turned up field for more to reach the Atlanta 36. Jones earned a pair of key receptions with less than a minute left in the half to get Atlanta across midfield with time outs remaining. Jones failed to corral a sideline route 30 yards downfield and stay in bounds. Jones split a pair of defenders up the middle on a crossing route for a first down to reach the Bengals red zone late in the game. He added a huge gain in the waning seconds on a desperation throw that padded his production.
2018 Week 3 vs NO (6 / 5 / 96 / 0 rec)
He converted a third down with a shallow choice route against a linebacker from the slot during the second drive of the game. Julio earned a first down near mid-field in the middle of the second quarter on a route breaking inside the defense for 17 yards. Jones earned a huge fourth-quarter catch on a 58-yard post.
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 NewsFalcons | Julio Jones closing in on extension (Fri Mar 22, 12:24 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones and the team is closing in on a contract extension that would pay him $20 million a year over a four- or five-year deal, according to a source. Jones also would receive $50-60 million in new guarantees. Our View: The Falcons are avoiding any drama with their long-time #1 receiver. He should retire a Falcon if he plays to the end of his new extension.
link to story Falcons | Extension talks with Julio Jones ongoing (Wed Mar 20, 07:10 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones has been talking with the Falcons about a contract extension, and general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the two sides are having good conversations. Our View: Jones just had his deal re-worked last year. Now that Antonio Brown has got a new contract, Jones is looking to once again be the highest paid receiver in the league.
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