Julio Jones WR ATL 5 months ago2 Comments

Jones caught nine passes for 149 yards on 11 targets in Sunday's loss to the Saints.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Jones and Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown battled for the league lead in receptions all season, so it's fitting for the two to end the year tied at 136. Jones ended the season strong, with five consecutive games of at least seven catches and three consecutive games of over 100 yards. If a complaint could be made about Jones' year, it would be that he failed to find the end zone in 10 of 16 games this season. Expect finding more red-zone opportunities for Jones to be a priority for Atlanta in 2016.

Julio Jones WR ATL 5 months ago

Jones is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Saints due to an ankle injury.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Jones sustained the ailment shortly before halftime with four catches (on six targets) for 66 yards already on the ledger. If he returns, he'll have a chance to challenge for a few regular season records, namely Calvin Johnson's 1,964 yards receiving from 2012.

Julio Jones WR ATL 5 months ago1 Comment

Jones reeled in nine of 11 targets for a season-high 178 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over Carolina.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Jones put the offense on his back on Sunday, navigating the Falcons toward an upset win over the Panthers. Jones made the play of the game in the third quarter, plucking a jump ball away from Luke Kuechly and racing toward the end zone for the 70-yard score to put Atlanta on top. The league's leading receiver in both catches and yards has now caught at least seven passes in eight of his past nine games and ends the season with a cushy matchup against the Saints.

Julio Jones WR ATL 5 months ago

Jones hauled in nine catches off of 13 targets for 118 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Jaguars.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Matt Ryan flipped the ball out into the flat late in the second quarter and Jones took it in for an 11-yard touchdown, snapping a five-game scoreless streak. The Falcons had lost every game of that streak, but Jones managed to keep his head above water. The NFL's leader in catches topped six receptions in four games during his scoreless streak and went over 85 yards receiving four times. Though a tough matchup against Carolina is up next, the fact that Jones managed to catch seven passes against the Panthers last week should ease some owners' concerns.

Julio Jones WR ATL 5 months ago

Jones (knee) hauled in seven of 10 targets for 88 yards in Sunday's 38-0 loss to the Panthers. He also fumbled once but it was recovered.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Jones failed to reach the century mark in receiving yards for the third straight week, despite receiving double-digit targets for the second consecutive game. The game got out of hand early for Atlanta, which has now dropped six straight. Despite the blowout, Jones secured his longest reception, 46 yards, since a 54-yard reception in Week 10 versus the 49ers. The five-year pro also broke the 100-catch mark for the second straight year, and seems like a sure bet to blow past the career-best figure of 104 that he posted in 2014. Jones and the Falcons face off against the Jaguars on the road in Week 15.

Julio Jones WR ATL 5 months ago

Jones (knee) is active Sunday against the Panthers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Jones is likely to continue to get plenty of balls thrown his way, but with Defensive Player of the Year candidate Josh Norman possibly shadowing him all day, it won't be easy to put up big numbers.

Julio Jones WR ATL 5 months ago

Jones (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With Jones listed as a full practice participant Friday, his difficult matchup is a far greater concern than his minor knee injury. Not only will he have to face a top defense, but there's also a good chance he'll be matched up with DPOY candidate Josh Norman for most of the afternoon. Of course, it still won't be surprising if Jones' combination of talent and volume ultimately wins out.

Julio Jones WR ATL 5 months ago2 Comments

Jones (knee) remained limited in practice Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. "The knee is great...I don't think it's anything where I'm going to miss time," Jones told Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Jones' attendance at practice isn't required to know what he can achieve on the field from week to week, but he's so far provided confidence in his Week 14 availability with back-to-back limited showings. A road matchup with the Panthers' Josh Norman awaits Sunday, when Jones' considerable volume (158 targets in 12 games) should help him maintain viability.

Julio Jones WR ATL 6 months ago

Jones (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice, the Falcons' official site reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Jones previously dealt with a knee injury during the first month of the 2013 campaign, which was ultimately abbreviated due to a broken foot. His ability to fit in individual drills Wednesday indicates that the current case isn't severe, but owners should keep an eye on his practice participation as the week unfolds.

Julio Jones WR ATL 6 months ago

Jones caught eight of 17 targets for 93 yards Sunday against the Buccaneers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Quarterback Matt Ryan threw 45 times Sunday, with Jones leading the way with his 17 targets, while running back Devonta Freeman (11) was the only other player over four. Jones continues to be the focal point of the passing attack, though he was verbally upset after the game about why he isn't getting looks near the end zone. He's now gone four straight games without a touchdown with a tough Week 14 matchup against the Panthers in Charlotte.