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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 8: vs Green Bay Packers

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Matt Ryan cooled off a bit vs. San Diego, throwing just one passing score (22/34 for 273 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with three sacks taken for -17 yards). He is still very simpatico with Julio Jones (15 targets for 9/174/0 receiving) and also relied on running back Devonta Freeman (six for 5/42/0) and tight end Jacob Tamme (three for 1/17/1) during the contest. Mohamed Sanu (four for 2/16/0) and Justin Hardy (two for 2/6/0) chipped in a bit but weren't fantasy worthy last weekend. The Packers' pass defense is currently averaging 242.2 net passing yards allowed per game (15th in the NFL), with 10 passing scores given out vs. five interceptions (tied for 14th in the NFL) and 17 sacks (tied for seventh) generated to date. Two games ago, Dak Prescott threw 18/27 for 233 net passing yards, three TDs and one interception at Lambeau Field; last weekend the Bears' banged up corps of quarterbacks managed 10/26 for 120 net yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown (both belonging to third-stringer Matt Barkley). The Packers' pass defense has been up and down in recent weeks - over the past three weeks Green Bay has averaged 14.1 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (third-least in the NFL); and 20.2 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (10th-least in the league); with 4.9 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (12th-least). Ryan and company have a neutral matchup ahead when the Packers arrive at the Georgia Dome.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 vs CAR 47 0 0 0 15 12 300 1 0 36
5 at DEN 50 0 0 0 6 2 29 0 0 2.9
6 at SEA 62 0 0 0 9 7 139 1 0 19.9
7 vs SD 57 0 0 0 15 9 174 0 0 17.4
8 vs GB PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 6 * * * *
8 vs GB PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 6 * * * *
8 vs GB PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 8 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 7 vs SD (15 / 9 / 174 / 0 rec)

Jones made the first man miss on a short curl-in at the right flat to earn the first down on the second play of the game. He then got away with a drop on a third-down throw with Casey Hayward in coverage that was described in the Matt Ryan section. Jones caught multiple curl-in and dig routes in the open zones of the Chargers' defense, sometimes even in tighter zones between two defenders. He had 107 yards at the half. Late in the game Jones made difficult catches, including a leaping play between two defenders on a dig-route to get inside the Chargers' 40 with 0:01 left, setting up a 58-yard try that bounced off the left (and no-good) upright to send the game to overtime. Justin Hardy: Hardy gained two yards on a short route where he broke back to the ball during the first drive of the game. He also caught a slant for a first down in overtime, which was a tough cach in tight coverage. He is not earning enough targets for anyone to consider him a fantasy factor. .

2016 Week 6 vs SEA (9 / 7 / 139 / 1 rec)

Richard Sherman covered Jones to begin the game. He jammed Jones on a third down inside the 15 of Atlanta and forced a Cliff Avril strip-sack of Matt Ryan. The next play, Christine Michael scored. Despite Ryan getting hit often, the quarterback found ways to deliver a catchable ball to Jones on some plays of higher difficulty, including a play action comeback to the opposite sideline late in the half, a slant to get Jones inside the Seattle 15, and a deep dig with less than 30 seconds left. However, the dig was nullified due to a Levine Toilolo holding penalty. The Ryan-Jones tandem came alive in the second half with a series if dig routes behind the Seattle linebackers and under its safeties. Jones then got an easy score of 36 yards when Richard Sherman was assigned to the tight end split as part of a twin left set with Jones and Jones drew a confused safety who thought he had help behind him. Jones also had a 24-yard catch against Sherman on a deep out. Late in the game, Jones was targeted a little too wide for his reach on a slant. The ball went through his hands, off Richard Sherman's hands, and into Era Thomas. The safety returned the ball across midfield and it led to the game-winning field goal. Sherman had one last chance on a post route up the left hash but the officials ruled the target incomplete and missed an obvious pass interference foul on Sherman.

2016 Week 5 vs DEN (6 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)

The Falcons primary wide out caught a 3rd and 8 crossing route, but he pushed off cornerback Chris Harris at the top of his stem and was called for the offensive pass interference penalty, forcing a 3rd and 18. Ryan later missed Jones on a deep cross from a seven-step drop in the early second quarter. Ryan then overthrew Jones on a wide-open fade up the right sideline two plays later on 3rd and 10. Jones' first catch was a short slant for 9 yards on Atlanta's first drive of the second half. He also found Jones near the Denver 20 on a 1st and 10 pass where Jones made a scramble drill adjustment and the result was a gain of 20 yards midway through the third quarter. Jones later dropped an intermediate cross when hit in the hip by safety Darian Stewart.

2016 Week 4 vs CAR (15 / 12 / 300 / 1 rec)

The Falcons' top receiver had a career-game with 300 yards on 12 catches. He opened with a 21-yard gain on a max protection, play-action curl route to the opposite side of the field, earning 9 after the catch. Matt Ryan found Jones on a slant on the next play for 14 more and then a third slant on the drive where the cornerback knocked Jones to the ground but the receiver got up fast and still made the catch for a gain of 16. After earning 51 yards on that first drive, he got a clean release on a 44-yard fade route where the cornerback Daryl Worley expected help over top from the safety and didn't receive it. Ryan later underthrew Jones on a go route, forcing the wide open Jones to slow down and give the trailing cornerback Berne Benwikere a chance to catch up and defend the pass. Two plays later, Ryan found Jones again against Benwikere for 53 yards on 3rd and 17. From that point on, the Falcons and Jones abused Benwikere, who tried and failed to press Jones. Atlanta's top receiver put on a clinic with how to release from the line of scrimmage against press, including a slant for a 75-yard gain in the fourth quarter where Jones worked across the width of the field and up the sideline to beat multiple defenders with his speed.

2016 Week 3 vs NO (7 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

His first target was a corner fade in the end zone late in the half that he caught but couldn't keep both feet inbounds. Jones' first catch was a dig route with six in the third quarter to reach the Saints' 20 for a 16-yard gain. The Falcons' running backs accounted for 71 percent of Atlanta's net offensive yards and it was easy pickings without Jones.

2016 Week 2 vs OAK (5 / 5 / 106 / 1 rec)

The Raiders double covered Jones early in this game and it appeared after the first three drives that Jones wouldn't be an active part of the passing game. Things turned around fast when the Raiders let cornerback Sean Smith handle the Falcons' primary option one-on-one. Smith was so cautious about stopping Jones from winning the sideline that gave up too many plays to the inside. Ryan found Jones for a 21-yard score when allowed the inside on a slant to end the Falcons' fourth offensive series. He also beat Smith on a second slant for nine yards in the fourth quarter. Late, Smith gave up the inside on a deep cross and if it wasn't for Reggie Nelson recognizing at the last moment that Smith made a mental error, it's possible Jones catches the cross uncontested and scores. Instead, Nelson made the play on Jones and limited--yes, limited--Jones to a 48-yard completion. This put Atlanta in the red zone and set up the go-ahead score in a 21-21 game. Jones missed Atlanta's final drive with the Falcons up by 7 with a few minutes left and the Raiders still owning three time outs. He aggravated his ankle injury before the drive. Monitor this situation.

2016 Week 1 vs TB (8 / 4 / 66 / 1 rec)

His biggest play was a crossing route against a busted coverage that resulted in a catch and run for a touchdown up the right flat that cut the Tampa Bay lead to 10 points. Jones dropped a deep cross that hit him perfectly in the hands on a pass from the 40 after getting hit in the back. He was slow to get up and limped off the field after his left ankle got rolled up after he dropped the ball. Jones couldn't hang onto the crossing route that was thrown hard and behind him due to pressure on Ryan. He played the remainder of the game but was clearly hobbled.


Latest News

Falcons | Julio Jones posts 174 yards (Mon Oct 24, 01:55 AM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones pulled down nine balls for 174 yards on 15 targets in the Week 7 game against the San Diego Chargers.

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Falcons | Julio Jones has strong performance (Mon Oct 17, 03:09 AM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones caught seven passes for 139 yards and one touchdown in a 26-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Oct. 16.

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Falcons | Julio Jones not on injury report (Fri Oct 14, 05:58 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 14, and is not on the injury report for Week 6.

Falcons | Julio Jones back at practice (Thu Oct 13, 10:49 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (knee) returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday, Oct. 13.

Our View: Jones has been inconsistent this year, with a huge game followed by a bad one, but this should be a high mark for him again and we expect WR1 numbers.
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