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WR Julio Jones - Atlanta Falcons

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

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Week 4: at Minnesota Vikings

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs NO 0 0 0 9 7 116 0 1
2 at CIN 0 0 0 13 7 88 1 0
3 vs TB 0 0 0 11 9 161 2 0
4 at MIN PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs NO (9 / 7 / 116 / 0 rec)

The one potential negative with the Falcons offense is that it may have to focus more on quick-hitting plays rather than the vertical game. It means Jones will have to earn his big plays more often on slants, screens, and crossing routes rather than deep fades and posts. Atlanta routinely featured Jones on smoke screens. Jones' first target on this play call resulted in him ripping through a crease up the left flat only to have Saints safety Jairus Byrd rip the ball lose from Jones inside the Saints' 10 and New Orleans recovered. Jones had a couple more smoke screens, but could not break loose for similar gains when the Saints got wise to the call. Jones did gain 20 yards up the right sideline on an adjustment to a Matt Ryan scramble to open the third quarter and nearly scored on a deep slant where he was tackled at the Saints' one. Jones' most "vertical" route was a deep out for 23 yards in the fourth quarter. Jones led the Falcons in receptions, but the distribution among the Atlanta receivers was spread pretty even.

2014 Week 2 vs CIN (13 / 7 / 88 / 1 rec)

Jones dropped a touchdown on a deep pass off play action. The pass arrived over his inside shoulder in the end zone, but he juggled the ball and this allowed safety George Iloka into the play to rip the ball loose from Jones' grip. If Jones makes the snare without a juggle, he had the time to turn away from the defender's reach. This was the biggest play for the Falcons this week because it would have gotten Atlanta back into the game. Jones saw short targets early that were broken up or stuffed by a Bengals defense that sat on the routes early and then gave room to watch it develop and tackle once Atlanta was well behind. Jones earned some deeper targets as the game got out of hand - including a 14-yard touchdown on an out where he was paired with safety Reggie Nelson in the fourth quarter - but if the Falcons offensive line continues to falter Jones' chances to earn consistent down field targets may be limited to the fourth quarter when the game is out of hand.

2014 Week 3 vs TB (11 / 9 / 161 / 2 rec)

With Roddy White out due to a hamstring, Jones was the bulk of the passing game, catching a deep dig off a three-step, play-action pass. He did a good job getting low and under the ball for the sliding catch as he worked back to the target. He followed this up later in the quarter with a touchdown in the back of the end zone on a target over his head. Jones also made a fine block along the left sideline on an end around to Devin Hester for a 20-yard score. He sustained the contact from the 10 to well inside the 5. Jones finished his day with around 8:30 in the third quarter, scoring on a 40-yard deep sideline around to the front pylon. The Falcons' receiver tracked the ball almost directly over his head and caught the ball on a dead run while angling to the pylon - and excellent adjustment.


Latest News

Falcons | Julio Jones stars in Week 3 (Fri Sep 19, 02:49 AM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones, who was probable entering Week 3 of the NFL season, hauled in nine catches for 161 yards and scored twice in a 56-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Sept. 18.

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Falcons | Julio Jones solid in Week 3 (Fri Sep 19, 02:49 AM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones, who was probable entering Week 3 of the NFL season, hauled in nine catches for 161 yards and scored twice in a 56-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Sept. 18.

Our View: Jones was more than solid, he was spectacular in a blowout win on Thursday night. The Falcons were without Roddy White, and that just meant more targets for Jones.
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Falcons | Julio Jones probable for Week 3 (Wed Sep 17, 02:06 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) practiced for the second straight day Wednesday, Sept. 17, and is probable for Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Sept. 18.

Our View: Great news for the Falcons here. Jones is good to go for Sunday as the Falcons return home to face the Bucs. We like Julio as a top-5 fantasy receiver in Week 3.
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Falcons | Julio Jones fully practices (Tue Sep 16, 03:46 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) fully participated in practice Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Our View: Good news for the Falcons here. The team will continue to monitor him closely as he deals with this ankle problem.
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Falcons | Julio Jones limited in practice (Mon Sep 15, 10:26 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) was listed as a limited participant in practice Monday, Sept. 15, due to his ankle issue.

Our View: The team will take it easy on Jones as he continues to deal with this ankle injury.
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