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Coach Mike Smith confirmed Julio Jones' reps will be limited as camp gets underway.

Jones has had two surgeries involving a screw in his left foot and his fifth metatarsal bone in three years. "Our number one goal is to make sure that we've got everybody as healthy as we possibly can be, but we know that we have to get these guys some work together and reps," Smith said. "Julio will be out there participating in practice right from the start." We should get an up-close look at Jones' progress during Hard Knocks.

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Julio Jones will be "limited" for the start of training camp, but has avoided the active/PUP list.

We'd obviously prefer to see Jones at 100 percent from Day 1, but the fact that he's avoided the PUP list is a strong sign the Falcons aren't worried about his health. Jones' preseason reps figure to be strictly managed, but he'll be ready to rock as a top-five receiver for Week 1.

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Doctors used a "cutting-edge medical procedure" to heal Julio Jones' troublesome right foot and prevent the injury from recurring.

The fifth metatarsal bone Jones has fractured twice is notorious for being difficult to heal due to a limited blood supply. In order to help the healing process, Dr. Robert Anderson took bone marrow from Jones' hip and injected into the wide receiver's foot. This coupled with a new, larger screw inserted into the bone should accelerate the healing process and decrease the chances of another re-injury. Jones could be recovered in time for the start of training camp, and is a lock for Week 1. He is a top-five wide receiver in all formats.

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According to ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure, the team is "certain" Julio Jones (foot surgery) "will return to his old explosive self."

Jones has twice fractured his right foot since leaving Alabama three years ago, but recently declared himself "back to the old Julio," and figures to be eased into training camp. Jones' current fantasy Average Draft Position is the middle of round two, where he could be a value pick if he indeed stays healthy. With Tony Gonzalez's 120 targets removed from Atlanta's offense, 25-year-old Jones has as much fantasy upside as any wide receiver in football.

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Julio Jones (foot) said he is now "back to the old Julio."

Jones isn't participating in football activities during minicamp, but it sounds like he could be practicing if we were in the regular season. "I am back doing the little things I used to do. ... I feel like I am actually stronger now," he said. The Falcons remain extremely optimistic on the status of Jones' twice-fractured foot and so are we. He's our No. 4 fantasy wideout, behind only Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas.

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Julio Jones confirmed that right foot fracture he sustained in Week 5 last season is in the same spot as his 2011 fracture.

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Julio Jones' (foot surgery) goal is to be ready for Week 1.

The implication being, he could begin training camp on the active/PUP list. Jones has been limited to side work in OTAs. "The last couple of weeks, I've been cutting and running a handful of routes," Jones said Monday. "Nothing major, but you've got to start somewhere. We have to get back out there and get going, but I feel pretty good." Jones isn't out of the woods, but he's on the right track. Barring a setback, he should be ready to rock for Week 1.

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Julio Jones (foot surgery) was spotted cutting on the field Wednesday.

It's a great sign that Jones is pushing off his twice-repaired left foot with training camp still roughly seven weeks away. Although he's not participating in OTAs or minicamp, there's no reason to think he won't be a full go for training camp. We've ranked Jones as if he's entering the season at 100 percent.

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Falcons wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie is cautiously optimistic about Julio Jones' return from his latest left foot surgery.

Robiskie is understandably a little apprehensive because he hasn't seen Jones do any football activities since he went down in Week 5 of last season. But the Falcons insist they're just exercising caution and pointing toward a full return at training camp. Their offseason actions confirm that optimism as they're moving to a three-wide base yet didn't add any significant wide receiver pieces in free agency or the draft. There's nothing behind Jones, Roddy White and Harry Douglas.

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In addition to LB Sean Weatherspoon (knee), Julio Jones (foot) will be withheld from football activities before training camp.

"Our focus is strictly on getting them ready to go for training camp," coach Mike Smith explained. Jones had twice fractured his left foot since entering the league, with the first injury discovered at the 2011 Combine and the second occurring in Week 5 last year. The Falcons don't seem worried about his long-term health.