WR Julio Jones - Atlanta Falcons
|6-2, 220||Born: 2-3-1989||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 1, pick 6|
News you need to know
General News (Thu Oct 8): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Oct 7): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 5: vs Washington Redskins
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Matt Ryan (19/27 for 256 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown) and Julio Jones (six targets for 4/38/0 receiving) cooled off in the contest vs. Houston last week. Leonard Hankerson (eight targets for 6/103/1) and Devonta Freeman (six for 5/81/0) moved the football the most for the Falcons in this phase of the game last week. Entering Week Five, it's all good for the Falcons on this powerful unit. The Washington Pass D allowed 23/32 for 279 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions to Eli Manning and company two weeks ago, and then coughed up 15/8 for 270 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions to the Eagles' Sam Bradford and company last week. To date, the team is ranked ninth in the NFL averaging 210.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with seven passing scores given up vs. zero interceptions generated (last in the NFL). The club has nine sacks to their credit through the first 25% of the season. Advantage, Atlanta. Also, the rushing matchup is tough this week so look for the Falcons to throw the ball frequently in this game.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
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 NewsFalcons | Julio Jones listed as limited (Thu Oct 8, 04:41 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring, toe) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 8. Our View: This is them just giving Jones a bit of a break. We have no worries about his status this weekend and expect top WR1 production from him in a bounce-back week.
link to story Falcons | Julio Jones limited Wednesday (Wed Oct 7, 04:55 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe, hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7. Our View: Toe, Shmoe. Run Julio Jones out there as the WR1 we all know he will be. Sure, he under-performed last week even while the Falcons were destroying the Texans, but the team will get back to him and his toe should be fine.
link to story Falcons | Julio Jones held in check (Sun Oct 4, 07:32 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones had four catches for 38 yards in a 48-21 win over the Houston Texans in Week 4. Our View: Jones day was short-circuited by the Falcons jumping out to a huge lead and Devonta Freeman finishing drives. He's still the gold standard at wide receiver for as long as Ben Roethlisberger is out.
link to story Falcons | Julio Jones listed as probable (Fri Oct 2, 03:42 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring, toe) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 2, and is listed as probable for the Week 4 game against the Houston Texans. link to story Falcons | Julio Jones limited Thursday (Thu Oct 1, 04:26 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe, hamstring) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 1, after not practicing Wednesday, Sept. 30. Our View: We don't expect him to miss the game, and the Falcons are just trying to be cautious. He should put up WR1 numbers this week yet again, although they might be merely ridiculous as opposed to astronomical.
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