WR Julio Jones - Atlanta Falcons
|6-2, 220||Born: 2-3-1989||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2011|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Jones supposedly might have played if his game wasn't on Thursday and should be ready for Week 14 but one more injury could get him shut down and we can't be sure how effective he'll be against Carolina's solid young corners.
General News (Fri Dec 6): partially participated in Friday's practice but is not on the team's injury report. He will be available to play this week.
General News (Thu Dec 5): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Dec 4): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
General News (Mon Dec 2): missed the team's Week 13 game with a shoulder injury but is "trending upward" in terms of his availability for Week 14 against the Carolina Panthers, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Week 14: vs Carolina Panthers
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Matt Ryan has been productive throughout 2019 on a raw-numbers level. He's averaged 309 yards per full game, and he's thrown multiple touchdowns in 7 of those 10 starts. But from an efficiency standpoint, he's mostly muddled through another lost Falcons season. It's taken a ton of volume to hit those good-not-great numbers; Ryan is posting his lowest yardage per attempt since 2010. And he's even trending downward, with much of his recent production coming in pure garbage time. On Thanksgiving, he needed 50 attempts to reach 312 and 2 scores. In the meantime, he absorbed nine sacks and handed over three back-breaking turnovers. Ryan excelled in this matchup back in Week 11, but it's hard to project another blowout win by this flailing Falcons team. It would be even harder for Ryan to rebound without Julio Jones and Austin Hooper, though both look probable for Sunday. Even so, there are quite a few roadblocks at play here. With so many injuries in the way, a porous line up front, and a nonexistent running game to boot, this attack looks like little more than a volume-based fantasy stab. That high early-season ceiling looks like buried history right now. The Panthers pass defense has been decidedly up-and-down throughout 2019. Five of their 12 opponents have topped 300 yards, and 9 different receivers have recorded 95 or more. Against these Falcons in Week 11, Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones combined to turn 16 targets into 232 yards and a touchdown). Still, it's worth noting that the Panthers have faced one of the league's toughest pass-game schedules. And while they've allowed quite a few big games, they've also shown well in matchups with Aaron Rodgers (233 scoreless yards), Deshaun Watson (160), and Jameis Winston (208 and 1 touchdown). Outside cornerbacks James Bradberry and Donte Jackson have both been Pro Bowl-caliber in coverage, while free safety Tre Boston has bounced back into great form on his own. With a strong pass rush up front (a league-high 46 sacks), this is not an easy unit to beat down the field. Matt Ryan and company may find raw-numbers success Sunday, but it's hard to project much efficiency as things stand.
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
2019 Week 12 vs TB (9 / 5 / 68 / 0 rec)
Ryan targeted Jones from slot right on a slant but the outside linebacker tipped the ball away. Two plays later, Jones caught a third-and-three slant for a diving catch just inside the right boundary for 31 yards. He gained 13 on an out early in the second quarter against a strong cushion by the coverage. Pressure forced Ryan to rush a crossing route to Jones midway through the second quarter and the defensive back Mike Edwards broke up the pass. Jones hurt his shoulder at the end of the first half and didn't return to begin the third quarter. Jones returned midway through the second series for second- and third-down pass plays but neither earned a target. He earned a 12-yard catch on a comeback at the right sideline to convert a third down and get Atlanta inside the Atlanta 30 but when Jaeden Graham congratulated him with a pat on the shoulder, Jones shirked away from the pain. Jones earned a short in-cut for nine yards and left again to the sideline with 12 minutes left in the game.
2019 Week 11 vs CAR (8 / 6 / 91 / 0 rec, 1 / -4 / 0 rush)
He gained three yards on a third-and-seven crossing route before taking a hard hit, setting up an opening-drive, 38-yard field goal. Jones converted a third-and-short for a gain of four yards on a pivot route to the left flat during Atlanta's second series. The catch got Atlanta inside the Carolina 20. Jones caught a deep dig to kick off a fourth series early in the second quarter, getting Atlanta to its 39. Jones earned a short past in the flat for five yards to reach the Carolina five and set up a third and four. Jones earned nearly 50 up the seam with a catch over his shoulder with Luke Kuechley tight to his side, setting up a scoring plunge from the two to earn a 20-0 lead. Ryan found Jones midway through the third quarter over the middle for a first down to get Atlanta inside the Carolina 35. Tre Boston cut down Jones on an end-around in the third quarter for a three-yard loss to begin a drive late in the third quarter.
2019 Week 10 vs NO (9 / 3 / 79 / 0 rec)
He dropped his first target on a hitch when trying to turn and look for Marshon Lattimore as he got hit in the chest and the contact jarred the ball loose during Atlanta's second drive. Jones dropped a back-shoulder fake inside the front pylon during the second drive but Lattimore held Jones early and drew the penalty. Jones committed a push-off on Lattimore midway through the second quarter, nullifying a five-yard play to Austin Hooper. Ryan tried forcing the ball to Jones twice during a late second-quarter drive with Lattimore on the sideline but the quarterback was off-target both times. J jones earned 54 yards on a deep over route after Eli Apple ran into his own man just after the two-minute warning. Jones converted a third and five on a dig route against nickel back P.J. Williams--Lattimore's replacement--early in the third quarter. Jones beat Williams again on a dig route for 14 yards to reach the red zone late in the third quarter but the Saints challenged the catch and Jones indeed dropped the ball. Atlanta ran a slant against Williams on the next play, and Jones earned the ball despite the target reaching his back shoulder to nearly reach the same spot. Jones and Ryan had a miscommunication on the placement of a deep target up the left sideline on 3rd and 11 midway through he fourth quarter that resulted in an incomplete pass and a subsequent punt. Atlanta lucked out with a roughing-the-kicker call that renewed Atlanta's drive.
2019 Week 8 vs SEA (12 / 10 / 152 / 0 rec)
He began the second series by breaking off an out route on a play-action pass for the catch one-on-one with a defender and gained 25 yards, mostly with the reception. Schaub overshot Jones on a skinny post during the third series. Schaub found Jones for a short gain on an out but the Seahawks tackled Jones a yard shy of the marker. Jones pushed off Shaq Griffin before making a leaping catch of a fade route up the right sideline. Jones worked through two zone defenders for his third catch on a play action out late in the first half. Jones got open on a fin route and earned a first down at midfield during the second drive of the third quarter. He earned a first down at the end of the third quarter on a curl route off play-action to get Atlanta to the Atlanta 31. He followed up with a catch at the 48 yard-line on a high target a little behind him on a crossing route. Jones earned close to 20 yards on a quick slant during the same drive to get Atlanta into field goal range. Schaub found Jones over the middle at the one between a pair of linebackers with 3:30 left in the game, earning the first down on this third-down attempt. Jones caught a deep out during Atlanta's final drive for a first down, but he exited the sideline with a limp after rolled up during the tackle.
2019 Week 7 vs LAR (9 / 6 / 93 / 0 rec)
Atlanta began its offense in an empty set and Ryan found Jones on a shallow crossing route against a zone defense for five yards. Jones earned a first down on an out thrown a little behind him with Ramsey playing off coverage after Jones and Mohamed Sanu worked together on a two-man route combination to keep Ramsey in a passive stance throughout the early phase of the route. Jones caught a crossing route against a blitz that Devonta Freeman picked up for a first down on the initial play of Atlanta's drive during the middle of the second quarter. Ramsey delivered well-timed push on an out route on 2nd and 17 in the middle of the second quarter to disrupt Jones and force a miss. Jones beat Ramsey on a go route up the right sideline on first down late in the half when Ramsey expected a break back to the ball and seemed complacent about trailing. He then got beaten again in third down on another go route but Ryan over threw the ball.
2019 Week 6 vs ARI (9 / 8 / 108 / 0 rec)
Ryan found Jones on a comeback after flushing to his left from a tight pocket for a first down on the opening play of the game. Arizona dropped Jones on a short crossing route to the right flat early in the next drive. A hit dislodged a targeted to Jones over the middle a few plays later but Calvin Ridley committed pass interference and any potential for a fumble was nullified due to the penalty and forced a punt. Jones found an opening up the seam for a quick-hitter on second and long midway through the second quarter. He followed up with another catch up the same seam. Jones beat man coverage midway through the third quarter on a dig route. Jones earned a free release stacked behind Austin Hooper early in the fourth quarter to convert a third down. He worked free on a deep out to get Atlanta to its 30 after Atlanta stopped a Cardinals' fourth-quarter with the game tied in the middle of the fourth quarter. He got across midfield late in the fourth quarter on a quick skinny post up the seam that Arizona gave too much cushion.
2019 Week 5 vs HOU (7 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
Bradley Roby knocked a short pass away on third down and forced Atlanta to punt away its first possession. He earned 14 yards on a leaping catch of a stop route to begin the second series. Three plays later, he caught an over route for a first down and Roby stripped the ball but the ball bounced out of bounds. Tacking on a late hit on Ryan by J.J. Watt, and Atlanta earned the ball at the Texans' 15. Zach Cunningham and Jonathan Joseph combined to break up a slant early in Atlanta's third possession. Jones worked the post to begin the fourth series but Jones couldn't get inside of the safety to reach the ball. Jones earned eight from the slot late in the half to begin ATlatna's fifth drive.
2019 Week 4 vs TEN (7 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Ryan was high of target on a comeback against Malcolm Butler during the opening possession. He earned 20 yards on a well run out route to begin the third series and got Atlanta near mid-field. He dropped a deflected pass on a crossing route in the middle of the second quarter. He followed up on the next play with a catch at the right sideline against tight coverage plastered to his back for the first down. The Titans stuffed Jones for a short gain on an end-around a few plays later. He made a catch of a lowtarget against tight coverage at the two-minute earning. Jones' first catch of the second half came in the middle of the fourth quarter on a busted zone up the flat.
2019 Week 3 vs IND (9 / 8 / 128 / 1 rec)
He earned 17 yards on a play-action dig route to begin Atlanta's second drive and safety Kenny Moore needed assistance after making the tackle on Jones. He exited the field for the locker room. He earned 15 yards on a quick slant to reach the Colts red zone at the end of the half. Ryan found Julio Jones for 34 yards on an out-and-up and Matt Ryan underthrew it to guarantee a catch when the receiver fell down. Jones ran a post-stop route for a third-down conversion during the second series of the half and extended the drive. Jones earned 28 yards for a first down on a high throw of a square-in on 3rd and 12. Jones ran the stop route again for a first down just past mid-field. Jones earned a pass interference call late in the third quarter but the ball was arguably not catchable. The Colts challenged the play and the Falcons won the call. Jones earned a touchdown between two defenders in the back corner.
2019 Week 2 vs PHI (10 / 5 / 106 / 2 rec)
Rasul Douglas tightly covered Jones throughout the night, thanks to the added confidence of having a safety playing over top with help. Douglas broke up a short out during the first drive and a slant late in the game. Jones and Ryan also had trouble connecting early for other reasons early on. Jones dropped a high-thrown skinny post on third down at the end of the first quarter after Rodney McCloud knocked the ball loose. However, Jones and Ryan rebounded. He caught the skinny post during the first quarter on a 1st and 20. He then made an excellent leaping grab at the right sideline for 27 yards, getting both feet in bounds. Jones came alive in the second half, scoring on the third play of the third quarter on a designed roll and a scramble drill in the back of the end zone and later, a receiver screen on fourth and three and found open field for a 54-yard game winner.
2019 Week 1 vs MIN (11 / 6 / 31 / 1 rec)
Atlanta kept the tight end and running back at the line to pass protect the Vikings' edge defenders who had the physical advantage, which led to pressure and Ryan throwing an interception into traffic over the middle with Julio Jones as the intended target. The pass protection plan asked the tight end and running back to cross the line of scrimmage to match up each opponent and they were out-matched. Ryan and Jones were not on the same page during the third series, which led to a target where Ryan should have been called for intentional grounding. Ryan found Jones on third down during this series but threw the ball well behind the receiver on a crossing route while under pressure and forced a difficult catch. Ryan tried to target Jones over the middle but Eric Kendricks broke up the pass. Xavier Rhodes faced Jones for nine plays yielding two catches for 15 yards during the first half. Jones dropped a crossing route over the middle when Eric Knedricks wrapped up the receiver on a high third-down throw at the end of the third quarter. Jones dropped another late-game target on a high throw with Harrison Smith delivering the hit ot his back. He caught a short crossing route on fourth down late in the game. A few plays later he caught a fade with a minute left against a rookie defensive back Mark Fields.
Latest NewsFalcons | Julio Jones not on injury report (Fri Dec 6, 06:36 PM) - Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (shoulder) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 6, but is not on the injury report for Week 14. link to story Falcons | Julio Jones gets Week 14 green light (Fri Dec 6, 01:20 PM) - Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (shoulder) practiced again Friday, Dec. 6, and will play in Week 14 against the Carolina Panthers, head coach Dan Quinn announced. link to story Falcons | Julio Jones practicing (Fri Dec 6, 11:52 AM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (shoulder) is practicing Friday, Dec. 6. Our View: Jones is good to go after missing last week's game. He'll face James Bradberry in a tough matchup but should be lineups nonetheless.
link to story Falcons | Julio Jones still limited (Thu Dec 5, 06:13 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (shoulder) remained limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 5. link to story Falcons | Julio Jones back to work (Thu Dec 5, 02:09 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (shoulder) took part in practice Thursday, Dec. 5. Our View: Jones looks to be good to go, albeit in a matchup against James Bradberry which should limit his upside. He's still a solid WR2 at worst this week.
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