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WR Julio Jones - Atlanta Falcons

6-2, 220Born: 2-3-1989College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 1, pick 2011

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General News (Mon Nov 12): has become the fastest player in NFL history (104 games) to reach 10,000 career receiving yards.

Week 11: vs Dallas Cowboys

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Matt Ryan should be squarely in the MVP discussion right now. After all, he's actually posting more yards and fewer interceptions per game than in his 2016 season, when he did win the honor. He hasn't been drawing an appropriate amount of league-wide attention, primarily because his Falcons are sputtering at 4-5. But on the whole, Ryan is stretching his typical capabilities and presiding over one of the league's most eruptive passing games (a career-best 335 yards a game). Julio Jones continues to dominate opposing secondaries - he's now topped 100 yards in 4 straight games, and 6 of 9 overall. Jones is fantastic, of course, but some of the credit goes to rookie Calvin Ridley, who's brought a dynamic, versatile presence to this offense. Mohamed Sanu is generally solid, but Ridley has both provided a new, fun target for Ryan (56 yards a game and 7 touchdowns) and helped to open things up for Jones down the field. With explosive check-down men in tight end Austin Hooper and speedy back Tevin Coleman, Ryan is no longer boxed-in or limited by his all-around weaponry. That's allowed him and Jones to open things up and chase that glorious 2016 finish. The 2018 Cowboys are showing some fairly clear tendencies in pass defense. When facing mobile, athletic quarterbacks, they're stingy, forcing them to abandon throws and take off running. But sharp downfield passers are piling up the yardage, as seen last week, with Carson Wentz completing 73% of his throws for 360. The problem certainly doesn't lie with cornerback Byron Jones, who's emerged as an All-Pro caliber cover man. He's played a big role in limiting Corey Davis (just 56 yards on 10 targets) and Alshon Jeffery (48 on 8) over the last 2 weeks. Rather, it's been the safeties getting roasted, frequently failing to provide help and being beaten down the seams. Still, this unit has tightened considerably this year and is no longer a pushover for fantasy purposes. In fact, between Jones' emergence and the pass rush's occasionally dominant play, this is actually a matchup that's capable of stymying quarterbacks from time to time.

Recent Stats and Projections

7 vs NYG 49 0 0 0 12 9 104 0 1 9.4
9 at WAS 55 0 0 0 10 7 121 1 0 18.1
10 at CLE 73 0 0 0 11 7 107 1 0 16.7
11 vs DAL PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 7 * * * *
11 vs DAL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 7 * * * *
11 vs DAL PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 7 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Julio Jones's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

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 News

Falcons | Julio Jones sets league record (Mon Nov 12, 02:32 AM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 10,000 career receiving yards in Week 10 against the Cleveland Browns, accomplishing the feat in 104 games. Calvin Johnson held the previous record, doing so in 115 games.

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Falcons | Julio Jones surpasses 100-yard mark (Sun Nov 11, 04:21 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones caught seven passes for 107 yards and one touchdown against the Cleveland Browns in Week 10.

Our View: Jones is reacquainting himself with the end zone regularly now. He's a strong WR1 heading into a matchup with Byron Jones and the Cowboys.
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Falcons | Julio Jones ends drought (Sun Nov 4, 08:28 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones caught seven passes on 10 targets for 121 yards and a touchdown in a 38-14 win over the Washington Redskins in Week 9, ending a 12-game touchdown drought.

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