WR Julio Jones - Atlanta Falcons

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

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Week 3: at Indianapolis Colts

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Matt Ryan has led a pass-heavy Falcons offense to 624 passing yards from 89 pass attempts--tied for third-most attempts in the league through Week 2. He has been far from efficient with this high volume though, as Ryan has started out with five interceptions to go along with his five touchdowns--including three of each last week. The offensive line did a better job protecting Ryan last week, but the potential injury to right tackle Kaleb McGary is not an encouraging sign for an offensive line already down one starter. Ryan fed his stud receivers handily last week as both Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones were targeted 10 times, finishing with over 100 receiving yards and at least one touchdown apiece. Last week was a nice bounceback for Jones after being held to just 31 yards in Week 1. Ridley has been more consistent to start the season, finishing with at least 60 yards and a touchdown in both games while converting 75 percent of his targets compared to Jones hauling in just 52 percent of his volume. Mohamed Sanu remains involved, but his contributions are inconsistent from the slot. Austin Hooper saw a drop in volume last week after leading the team in receptions for Week 1, but Devonta Freeman has seen consistent targets despite his slow start rushing the ball. A couple of key injuries threaten to have a significant impact on the Colts defense this week. Top cornerback Pierre Desir suffered a bone bruise in his knee last week and is expected to miss playing time. In addition, All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard was placed in the concussion protocol after last week's game and could be at risk of not clearing prior to Sunday. With Desir missing and rookie Rock Ya-Sin on the other side, both outside Falcons receivers Ridley and Jones should have a much easier path to success in this matchup. From the slot, the Falcons gave up a big game to Keenan Allen in Week 1, showing Kenny Moore can also be vulnerable in coverage. But Mohammed Sanu is far from the talent level of Allen, so it will be a much more even matchup in this one. With or without Leonard, this Colts linebacker group has not looked sharp in pass coverage. They haven't given up much production to running backs, but opposing offenses have not tried to target the position very heavily. Having Leonard is certainly a big plus, but Devonta Freeman could still find space on a few screens this week. Tight end Austin Hooper will not be in a good spot, however, as coverage from the Falcons Colts has been relatively strong.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at MIN 53 0 0 0 11 6.0 31 1 0 9.1
2 vs PHI 54 0 0 0 10 5.0 106 2 0 22.6
3 at IND PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 6.4 * * * *
3 at IND PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5.9 * * * *
3 at IND PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 6.0 * * * *

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

2019 Week 2 vs PHI (10 / 5 / 106 / 2 rec)

Rasul Douglas tightly covered Jones throughout the night, thanks to the added confidence of having a safety playing over top with help. Douglas broke up a short out during the first drive and a slant late in the game. Jones and Ryan also had trouble connecting early for other reasons early on. Jones dropped a high-thrown skinny post on third down at the end of the first quarter after Rodney McCloud knocked the ball loose. However, Jones and Ryan rebounded. He caught the skinny post during the first quarter on a 1st and 20. He then made an excellent leaping grab at the right sideline for 27 yards, getting both feet in bounds. Jones came alive in the second half, scoring on the third play of the third quarter on a designed roll and a scramble drill in the back of the end zone and later, a receiver screen on fourth and three and found open field for a 54-yard game winner.

2019 Week 1 vs MIN (11 / 6 / 31 / 1 rec)

Atlanta kept the tight end and running back at the line to pass protect the Vikings' edge defenders who had the physical advantage, which led to pressure and Ryan throwing an interception into traffic over the middle with Julio Jones as the intended target. The pass protection plan asked the tight end and running back to cross the line of scrimmage to match up each opponent and they were out-matched. Ryan and Jones were not on the same page during the third series, which led to a target where Ryan should have been called for intentional grounding. Ryan found Jones on third down during this series but threw the ball well behind the receiver on a crossing route while under pressure and forced a difficult catch. Ryan tried to target Jones over the middle but Eric Kendricks broke up the pass. Xavier Rhodes faced Jones for nine plays yielding two catches for 15 yards during the first half. Jones dropped a crossing route over the middle when Eric Knedricks wrapped up the receiver on a high third-down throw at the end of the third quarter. Jones dropped another late-game target on a high throw with Harrison Smith delivering the hit ot his back. He caught a short crossing route on fourth down late in the game. A few plays later he caught a fade with a minute left against a rookie defensive back Mark Fields.

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Latest News

Falcons | Julio Jones lands 3-year extension (Sat Sep 7, 01:00 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones have agreed on a three-year, $66 million contract extension Saturday, Sept. 7, which includes $64 million guaranteed.

Our View: They have been working on this for some time and the Falcons get it done before the start of the regular season. Jones is now the highest-paid wide receiver in the league and he's under contract through the 2023 season.
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Falcons | Julio Jones close to signing extension? (Sat Sep 7, 11:57 AM) - The Atlanta Falcons and WR Julio Jones appear to be close to finalizing a three-year contract extension worth approximately $66 million, which would make him the league's highest-paid wide receiver, according to multiple sources.

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Falcons | Atlanta's injury report for Week 1 (Fri Sep 6, 02:25 PM) - Atlanta Falcons OT Matt Gono (back) did not participate in practice for a second straight day Friday, Sept. 6, and has been ruled out for Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings. WR Julio Jones (rest) practiced in full Friday and no longer appears on the injury report.

Our View: Jones is good to go for Sunday in the clash against Xavier Rhodes and the Vikings.
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Falcons | Julio Jones rests through parts of practice (Thu Sep 5, 07:52 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (rest) was listed as a limited participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 5. Jones said earlier in the day he would play Week 1.

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Falcons | Julio Jones plans to play Week 1 (Thu Sep 5, 05:39 PM) - Updating a previous story, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones plans to play in Week 1 despite his unresolved contract situation, according to James Palmer of NFL Network.

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Schedule

3@ Indianapolis Colts
4vs Tennessee Titans
5@ Houston Texans
6@ Arizona Cardinals
7vs Los Angeles Rams
8vs Seattle Seahawks
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ New Orleans Saints
11@ Carolina Panthers
12vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13vs New Orleans Saints
14vs Carolina Panthers
15@ San Francisco 49ers
16vs Jacksonville Jaguars
17@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers