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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 27): The easier part of the schedule is coming for Jones after his Week 9 bye. Roddy White's play is coming around and should only help Jones if the offensive line can give Matt Ryan even a little more time to throw.

Week 9: bye week

Recent Stats and Projections

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 0 0 0 6 4 58 0 0

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 8 vs DET (6 / 4 / 58 / 0 rec)

Matt Ryan tried to find Jones deep a couple of times in this game, but the Falcons' line doesn't give the quarterback enough time to throw vertical routes with the confidence and timing to hit them consistently. He missed Jones late in the half on a sideline fade that Jones caught but the placement was too far outside the boundary. Jones did force the Detroit defense to commit pass interference in the end zone and it set up a score. Otherwise, Jones' best play was a 22-yard gain ona screen pass at the two minute warning that could have allowed Atlanta to kneel on the ball and end the game, but the Falcons got too cute and gave Detroit a final chance to win the game, which the Lions did. Jones looks healthy enough to contribute, but until Atlanta's offensive line can buy time for Ryan to throw deep, Jones is fantasy starter with boom-bust upside.


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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