WR Julio Jones - Atlanta Falcons
|6-2, 220||Born: 2-3-1989||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2011|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 14): Julio and the Falcons downfield passing game bounced back against the Cardinals, but this was expected. He remains an every week start, but his ceiling will be lower in tougher matchups, like this week against the Rams and remaining matchups against the Saints (x2), Panthers (x2) and San Francisco.
General News (Thu Oct 17): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Oct 16): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 7: vs Los Angeles Rams
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Atlanta Falcons' offense is the NFL's highest-volume passing-attack, in large part thanks to the team's struggling defense. Consistently playing from behind during a 1-5 start, the Falcons have found themselves playing catch-up in almost every game this season. Quarterback Matt Ryan leads the NFL in pass attempts and touchdowns while ranking second in passing yards. Julio Jones' absurd talent as a pass-catcher keeps him firmly atop the Falcons' wide receiver depth chart and leaderboards with 34 receptions on 53 targets for 467 yards and 4 touchdowns so far this season. Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley have proven to be interchangeable as Atlanta's number-two wide receiver this season. Ridley and Sanu have near-identical target, reception, and yardage totals through six games, but Ridley holds a significant edge in the touchdown column. Touchdown totals give little insight regarding future production, and the difference here does not signal much of a gap between the two wide receivers. At tight end, Austin Hooper has enjoyed a breakout 2019 campaign. Hooper leads the Falcons in receptions and receiving yards while finishing second in targets and touchdowns. Last week, Hooper made the most of a juicy matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, but the Rams allow nearly 10 fewer fantasy points per game to tight ends than the Cardinals. The Falcons offensive line has been a below-average unit to start the season. Rookie Kaleb McGarry has struggled at right tackle, while the revolving door at the guard positions has yet to produce a reliable pass-blocker. In spite of the struggles up front, Matt Ryan has posted impressive passing numbers, both with regards to volume and efficiency, so far in 2019. Atlanta's matchup with the Rams' new-look secondary will prove to be one of the league's most entertaining matchups in week seven. The Los Angeles Rams field a very respectable pass-defense in 2019, and entering week seven, there will be some drastic changes to their secondary. On Tuesday afternoon, the Rams traded away cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens and acquired cornerback Jalen Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars in two separate transactions. Trading away Peters was a prerequisite for acquiring Ramsey for salary cap purposes. If Ramsey's apparent back injury, which kept him out of action last week, clears up, he will pair with Eric Weddle to make up one of the NFL's best cornerback-safety duos. Ramsey is widely regarded as one of the NFL's best cornerbacks, and Eric Weddle continues to impress in coverage in his 13th NFL season. Next, Cory Littleton is undoubtedly the Los Angeles Rams' best linebacker. Littleton excels in coverage duties, with a team-leading six pass-breakups so far this season. In the trenches, Aaron Donald is likely the NFL's most-talented pass-rusher. Donald disrupts the pocket at a higher rate than any defender in the NFL, and his value to this defense cannot be overstated. The Rams will be without their sack leader in Clay Matthews this week who suffered a jaw injury, but stil will have plenty to rush the quarterback in Aaron Donald and Donte Fowler. In summary, the Rams field one of the NFL's best pass-rushes with above-average players in coverage at both linebacker and in the secondary. If Jalen Ramsey is able to play, this matchup with Atlanta's high-volume passing attack will be one of the most intriguing in week seven.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Julio Jones's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 6 vs ARI (9 / 8 / 108 / 0 rec)
Ryan found Jones on a comeback after flushing to his left from a tight pocket for a first down on the opening play of the game. Arizona dropped Jones on a short crossing route to the right flat early in the next drive. A hit dislodged a targeted to Jones over the middle a few plays later but Calvin Ridley committed pass interference and any potential for a fumble was nullified due to the penalty and forced a punt. Jones found an opening up the seam for a quick-hitter on second and long midway through the second quarter. He followed up with another catch up the same seam. Jones beat man coverage midway through the third quarter on a dig route. Jones earned a free release stacked behind Austin Hooper early in the fourth quarter to convert a third down. He worked free on a deep out to get Atlanta to its 30 after Atlanta stopped a Cardinals' fourth-quarter with the game tied in the middle of the fourth quarter. He got across midfield late in the fourth quarter on a quick skinny post up the seam that Arizona gave too much cushion.
2019 Week 5 vs HOU (7 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
Bradley Roby knocked a short pass away on third down and forced Atlanta to punt away its first possession. He earned 14 yards on a leaping catch of a stop route to begin the second series. Three plays later, he caught an over route for a first down and Roby stripped the ball but the ball bounced out of bounds. Tacking on a late hit on Ryan by J.J. Watt, and Atlanta earned the ball at the Texans' 15. Zach Cunningham and Jonathan Joseph combined to break up a slant early in Atlanta's third possession. Jones worked the post to begin the fourth series but Jones couldn't get inside of the safety to reach the ball. Jones earned eight from the slot late in the half to begin ATlatna's fifth drive.
2019 Week 4 vs TEN (7 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Ryan was high of target on a comeback against Malcolm Butler during the opening possession. He earned 20 yards on a well run out route to begin the third series and got Atlanta near mid-field. He dropped a deflected pass on a crossing route in the middle of the second quarter. He followed up on the next play with a catch at the right sideline against tight coverage plastered to his back for the first down. The Titans stuffed Jones for a short gain on an end-around a few plays later. He made a catch of a lowtarget against tight coverage at the two-minute earning. Jones' first catch of the second half came in the middle of the fourth quarter on a busted zone up the flat.
2019 Week 3 vs IND (9 / 8 / 128 / 1 rec)
He earned 17 yards on a play-action dig route to begin Atlanta's second drive and safety Kenny Moore needed assistance after making the tackle on Jones. He exited the field for the locker room. He earned 15 yards on a quick slant to reach the Colts red zone at the end of the half. Ryan found Julio Jones for 34 yards on an out-and-up and Matt Ryan underthrew it to guarantee a catch when the receiver fell down. Jones ran a post-stop route for a third-down conversion during the second series of the half and extended the drive. Jones earned 28 yards for a first down on a high throw of a square-in on 3rd and 12. Jones ran the stop route again for a first down just past mid-field. Jones earned a pass interference call late in the third quarter but the ball was arguably not catchable. The Colts challenged the play and the Falcons won the call. Jones earned a touchdown between two defenders in the back corner.
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.
Latest NewsFalcons | Week 7 injury report for Atlanta (Fri Oct 18, 04:37 PM) - Atlanta Falcons CB Desmond Trufant (toe) did not participate in practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 7 against the Los Angeles Rams. OG James Carpenter (knee) and WR Julio Jones (hip) were limited in practice Friday, Oct. 18, but no longer appear on the injury report. CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (groin), DE Adrian Clayborn (knee) and S Ricardo Allen (knee) fully participated in practice Friday and have been removed from the injury report. FB Keith Smith (knee), OG Jamon Brown (knee) and DE Takkarist McKinley (groin) were not given an official practice designation Friday but also no longer appear on the injury report. link to story Falcons | Julio Jones limited again (Thu Oct 17, 06:54 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 17. Our View: Jones is limited during the week but plays and can shine on Sundays. Start him as you normally would.
link to story Falcons | Atlanta's Thursday practice report (Thu Oct 17, 04:09 PM) - Atlanta Falcons OG James Carpenter (knee) and CB Desmond Trufant (toe) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 17. CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (groin), DE Adrian Clayborn (knee), WR Julio Jones (hip) and S Ricardo Allen (knee) were limited. FB Keith Smith (knee) was upgraded to a full practice. OG Jamon Brown (knee) and DE Takkarist McKinley (groin) were not given practice designations Thursday after logging a full practice one day earlier. link to story Falcons | Julio Jones limited Wednesday (Wed Oct 16, 04:56 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16. link to story Falcons | Julio Jones goes over 100 yards (Sun Oct 13, 10:50 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones caught eight of his nine targets for 108 yards in a 34-33 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6. link to story More News
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