Julio Jones WR ATL (8) 5 days ago1 Comment
Jones is expected to participate in Matt Ryan's annual passing camp, which will take place in July. "There's probably about 12 (Falcons players) that are going to get together... and (Jones) will certainly be a part of that," Ryan said to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter after a minicamp session last week.
Assurance of Jones' return to Falcons team activities must be taken with a grain of salt at this point. Already having missed OTAs and minicamp, the star receiver has invalidated head coach Dan Quinn's statements from March's NFL owners meetings in which he proclaimed that Jones would be in attendance for all offseason workouts. It would certainly be beneficial for Jones to take some reps with Matt Ryan to build chemistry heading into the training camp, while brushing up on new wrinkles to offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian's game plan with other members of the Falcons' receiving corps.
Julio Jones WR ATL (8) 2 weeks ago
Jones is no longer attending Atlanta's mandatory minicamp, the Falcons' official website reports. "We have been in contact with Julio and his representation," Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said. "We will not discuss those conversations publicly except to say we feel they have been productive and constructive. We understand the concerns and thoughts from their perspective. Although not ideal, Julio informed us today he would not be attending mini-camp."
While Jones has previously stated there is no ill will between himself and the Falcons organization, it appears he'll hold out of the team's mandatory minicamp in what is likely an attempt to secure a new contract. It sounds as if the two sides continue to stay in contact, though when, or if, a new deal will be completed in the near future is unclear. Look for additional updates to provided over the next month or so as the Falcons get ready for the start of training camp on July 26.
Julio Jones WR ATL (8) 1 month ago1 Comment
Jones spoke with TMZ in Hollywood earlier this week and echoed the sentiment of head coach Dan Quinn, indicating that he will be with the team for mandatory minicamp from June 12 to the 14th, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. "Everybody wants a story right now. There's no story to be told," Jones expressed to the media, "I'm not going anywhere... I love the organization. I love everybody there. We're good."
All signs point to Jones' absence from OTAs last week being a non-issue for the Falcons, as the Pro Bowl wide receiver has shown no signal to demonstrate that he is not in it for the long haul with Atlanta. The fact that he has been missing early-offseason workouts does not help in building chemistry with Matt Ryan and a number of new additions to the receiving corps, but Jones has been keeping his game sharp by working out with former NFL superstar Terrell Owens at the University of Alabama. There have been murmurs that Jones may be looking for a raise on a contract set to pay him $34.4 million over the next three years, but NFL Insider Ian Rapoport has stated that the organization is willing to consider revising the terms of the deal in the near future.
Julio Jones WR ATL (8) 1 month ago
Jones is expected to return for the start of minicamp in June, the Falcons' official site reports.
Coach Dan Quinn indicated that he had been in touch with Jones this offseason, so the star wideout's absence from OTAs wasn't much of a surprise to him. The storyline doesn't have much meat on the bones, however, as voluntary OTAs are frequently skipped by more established players. An absence from minicamp would be more notable, but that's not anticipated at this juncture.
Julio Jones WR ATL (8) 1 month ago
Jones was not present for the first session of OTAs on Monday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
This was somewhat expected after reports surfaced that Jones wanted "updated" terms in his current contract. Jones is healthy and has reportedly been working out away from the team, unlike last offseason when he was coming off foot surgery. It's not entirely uncommon for established veterans to skip voluntary OTAs, but if Jones is still out when minicamp kicks off June 12, there will be more significance to his absence.
Julio Jones WR ATL (8) 1 month ago31 Comments
Jones is expected to be absent for the start of the Falcons' Organized Team Activities on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Jones is supposedly looking for revised terms on his contract, which is set to pay the star receiver $10.5 million for the 2018 season. Jones agreed to a five-year, $71.25 million contract extension with Atlanta in August of 2015, but has since seen Antonio Brown and Mike Evans sign deals north of $16.5 million in annual value (compared to Jones' average annual payout of $14.25 million). NFL Insider Ian Rapoport seemed confident Friday that the team is agreeable to Jones' request, and will come back to the table to discuss an updated contract in the near future.
Julio Jones WR ATL (8) 2 months ago4 Comments
Jones' erasing of Falcons-related photos from his Instagram account last month has cultivated little tangible anxiety from the organization, as Matt Ryan exemplified Monday during his appearance on ESPN's NFL Live. "I don't think much of it. I think that, No. 1, he's the best teammate that you could ask for... We're fortunate to have him as a part of this organization, for sure."
The fact that Jones has not participated in voluntary offseason workouts (which began April 16) is somewhat puzzling, especially considering head coach Dan Quinn's statement at March's NFL owners meeting that he looked forward to the star receiver having a full offseason to build camaraderie with Matt Ryan. Jones sat out for the entirety of the Falcons' offseason program last year and remained a limited participant for training camp while recovering from foot surgery. The perennial Pro Bowl-caliber receiver eclipsed 1,400 yards for the fourth consecutive season, but the lack of on-field repetitions had a detrimental impact on his efficiency in 2017, as he finished tied for second in the league in drops while declining to his lowest catch rate since 2011 (59.5 percent).
Julio Jones WR ATL (8) 2 months ago
Jones is not partaking in the first week of Atlanta's voluntary offseason program while he attends the grand opening of his car dealership in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Jones missed the entirety of the team's 2017 offseason program due to foot surgery, so head coach Dan Quinn's announcement in March indicating that Jones would participate in this year's workouts was news well-received by every tier of the Falcons' organization. Quinn reported that there is no cause for concern regarding Jones being absent in the early going. "It's not mandatory," Quinn said this week from the team facility, "but we knew (he wasn't) going to be here." Jones' prompt return to workouts is expected, as he aims to continue building rapport with Matt Ryan and the rest of the receiving corps.
Julio Jones WR ATL (8) 3 months ago
Falcons head coach Dan Quinn stated at the NFL owners meeting Tuesday that Jones will participate in offseason workouts, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Jones eclipsed the 1,400-yard receiving threshold for the fourth consecutive season, but his fantasy production and overall efficiency trended downward in 2017. The superstar perimeter threat managed just three touchdowns during the regular season (career-low for a season in which he played in at least six games) and his catch rate dropped nearly five percentage points from the previous year -- from 64.3 percent to 59.5. For most of the season he seemed like a completely different player from the one who averaged over 23 PPR-fantasy points per game in 2015, but that narrative was flipped once the postseason rolled around. Jones provided fantasy owners with reason for optimism in Atlanta's two playoff games, hauling in 18 of 26 targets while compiling 195 receiving yards and one score.
Julio Jones WR ATL (8) 5 months ago
Jones snagged nine of 16 targets for 101 yards in Saturday's 15-10 loss to the Eagles.
Saturday provided a perfect illustration of Jones, dominant between the 20-yard lines and then not so much down near the end zone. Jones briefly saved Atlanta's season with a gorgeous 20-yard catch on 4th and 6 during the team's final drive and then came back with a 12-yard nab. However, when it came to win the game, Jones caught one seven-yard pass underneath, but was unable to sync up with Matt Ryan on two passes into the end zone, even slipping on the team's final offensive play. Jones remains one of the league's true athletic marvels, and finished the year second in yards and ninth in receptions, but it's hard to peg him as the league's best when seven different targets scored as many or more touchdowns this season as Jones has scored in the past two seasons.