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WR Julio Jones - Atlanta Falcons

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

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Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) is expected to play in Week 5, but his hamstring problems are a "concern" to the team according to Adam Schefter.

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 12): Jones played through a hamstring injury and he lucked into a fumble recovery score, but with a Thursday game up, we have to lower expectations and wonder about missed time at some point this year.

Week 6: at New Orleans Saints

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Recent Stats and Projections

2 at NYG 59 0 0 0 15 13 135 0 0 13.5
3 at DAL 60 0 0 0 20 12 164 2 0 28.4
4 vs HOU 39 0 0 0 6 4 38 0 0 3.8
5 vs WAS 73 0 0 0 10 5 67 0 0 5.7
6 at NO PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 8 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 5 vs WAS (10 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)

Atlanta tried to challenge the Washington pass defense with Jones early, but the first pass went through Jones' hands and then Matt Ryan overthrew Jones high and Washington ended the first drive with an interception deep in their own territory. Jones had a chance to make a play on the ball, but it was a bad throw in addition to a mishandled target. From the first drive onward, Jones was consistently stretching his hamstring between series and began missing snaps to stretch the leg. Jones drew an illegal contact penalty on a deep corner route during the third series. Ryan was then on-target on a play action slant to Jones, but the receiver slipped and dropped the pass in tight coverage. Once again, he was clearly stretching between plays and shaking his head while taking snaps off on the sideline and one must wonder if Jones slipped due to his muscle strain. Later, Ryan missed Jones over the middle near the goal line. Ryan later hit Jones on a slant for a first down and more, but Jones could not open his stride. On a 20-yard gain on a slant to open the second half, Jones fumbled the ball and nearly failed to recover it. Although gimpy, Jones got open on a deep route but Washington pressure forced Ryan to check down and Jones was clearly not at full speed. Jones scored in the fourth quarter on a fumble recovery on a Devonta Freeman run stuffed inside the five and stripped loose by defensive end Chris Baker. He made some additional catches late in the game under a soft zone, which padded his stats, but didn't mitigate the concern that his hamstring is getting worse, not better.

2015 Week 4 vs HOU (6 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)

Jones had a small stat line because he didn't get a target in the second half. This game was put away early, and Devonta Freeman was finishing drives, giving Jones no chance to even get a red zone target. JJ Watt disrupted a few of Jones' early targets, but in a runaway like this, he wasn't going to have a big game unless he was the one doing the early damage.

2015 Week 3 vs DAL (20 / 12 / 164 / 2 rec)

Jones had another monster game, but he and the Falcons got off to a slow start. Ryan hit Jones on a hitch early I the game but then had a slew of low throws that were too inaccurate for Jones to corral in between some completions along the sideline on quick throws. Jones faced physical coverage from Mo Claiborne early, including a red zone slant where Jones failed to finish the route and Claiborne jumped for a near-interception. Jones also dropped a touchdown on a difficult target in third down red zone target with 2:23 in half. Ryan forced Ryan to highpoint the ball into the path of a safety aiming his forearm into Jones' chest to break up the completion. Jones then dropped a play action pass to begin the second half. From that point forward Jones and Ryan got on the same page. Ryan found Jones for 14 on 3rd and 3 late on in this first drive. In the next series, Jones had a diving catch for 22 on a deep crossing route. Although he limped off the field on that play he returned a play later and twoplays later scored on a 49-yard deep cross on 3rd and 3 after getting an easy release off the line and out ran defense across the field before and after he caught the ball. Although still favoring his leg slightly for the rest of the game, Jones got open on multiple look-ins with Ryan for first downs to keep the offense off balance. As long as Atlanta runs the ball effectively, Ryan and Jones will have multiple ways to gouge a defense.

2015 Week 2 vs NYG (15 / 13 / 135 / 0 rec)

Julio Jones had a very strong performance with Matt Ryan on Sunday and made some very difficult catches look easy. Jones started off this game in dominating fashion as he routinely picked up first downs on slants and quick patterns over the middle of the field, beating his defender soundly each time. The Giants did not have a great answer for Jones who converted a lot of 2nd/3rd downs into first downs by beating his man to the football with his speed/size talent. On one bizarre looking play, Jones was open down field for Ryan but was unable to catch the pass as he was previously forced out of bounds by the Giant defensive back and wisely avoided the penalty by letting the pass fall incomplete. Jones made a spectacular catch deep over the middle of the field in the second half. Ryan threw late over the middle from his own endzone and Jones made a huge diving catch with one hand to secure the ball for the first down. Jones showed off his incredible catching radius along with size to dominate smaller defensive backs. Jones continued to pick up first downs with clean catches in tight windows throughout the game. Jones beat his man one on one on a fade pattern on the final drive for his team and hauled in a well thrown pass in stride before falling over the goal line. Unfortunately for Jones owners, he was ruled down by contact at the one yard line and the score did not count. Regardless, Jones continues to show he's one of the NFL's most complete receivers and can be big for fantasy owners this year.

2015 Week 1 vs PHI (11 / 9 / 141 / 2 rec)

The receiver had a huge night, including two passes over 20 yards up the sideline--a 44-yard gain and a 22-yard score--against single coverage where Jones beat the press like he was swatting a fly. Ryan also found Jones repeatedly on quick-hitting adjustments up the seam where the Falcons were set to run the ball, but the quarterback changed the play at the last minute. Jones might have had closer to 180 yards in this game if not for three nullified pass plays where Jones' teammates blocked too early and were called for interference or straight-up held their opponents. The play call was a quick drag route to the flats where Jones looked great weaving through the defense, but nullified each time. It was mentioned on the broadcast that Chip Kelly lobbied the officials prior to the game about this play and the tendency for the receivers to block too early. Even so, it was a great start to the season.


Latest News

Falcons | Coach expects Julio Jones to play (Tue Oct 13, 12:25 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring, toe) is expected to play Thursday, Oct. 15, against the New Orleans Saints, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

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Falcons | Julio Jones uncertain for Thursday (Tue Oct 13, 08:30 AM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring, toe) is uncertain to play Thursday, Oct. 15, against the New Orleans Saints in Week 6.

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Falcons | Julio Jones does not practice (Mon Oct 12, 07:00 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring, toe) did not participate in practice Monday, Oct. 12.

Our View: No surprise here. Jones is banged up and will likely be limited all week. The Falcons travel to New Orleans to play the Saints on Thursday Night Football in Week 6.
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Falcons | Julio Jones quiet by his standards (Sun Oct 11, 11:06 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones had five receptions for 67 yards in the Week 5 game against the Washington Redskins. He was targeted 10 times.

Our View: Jones was clearly hobbled by his hamstring, and he might be better off resting with a short week and Thursday game coming up. He was lucky have a touchdown because Devonta Freeman fumbled into the end zone and Jones recovered. He's not going to put up his elite numbers until he is healthy again, and Atlanta's bye isn't until Week 10.
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Falcons | Julio Jones will be monitored (Sun Oct 11, 11:28 AM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring, toe) was able to run without problems in front of coaches before the Week 5 game against the Washington Redskins, but the team will monitor Jones during the game.

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