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Coach Dan Quinn said Jones will be "available" for Friday's preseason game against the Chiefs, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Jones spent most of the 2017 offseason in recovery mode from toe surgery and only made one appearance last preseason, receiving one target in a brief showing. His health wasn't in question this time around, but his contract status was. In the end, the Falcons restructured his contract to provide $2.9 million more for the upcoming campaign. If he takes the field Friday, it may be the only he makes during exhibition season. Beyond that, the most interesting aspect surrounding Jones is his relationship with second-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. While Jones posted a fourth 1,400-yard season in a row last year, his TD count (three) was the second-lowest of his illustrious career, despite seeing 19 red-zone looks.
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Jones believes that he and offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will have a closer relationship with one another this season, and the Falcons' offense will be more potent as a result, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Outside of woes in the red zone (where Jones hauled in just two touchdown receptions last season), it seemed like business as usual for the five-time Pro Bowl wide out in his first year playing under Sarkisian, as he mounted his fourth consecutive 1,400-yard campaign. Jones' comments indicating that he believes he has another gear to get to under the offensive coordinator may strike fear in NFC South secondaries. "We are going to have a better relationship," Jones said after training camp on Tuesday. "We are going to know each other a little better because him coming in (last year), he had to come right in and everybody had so much hype, stress and pressure and things like that." Sarkisian sounded off as well by saying, "We have eighteen games of working together and understanding the things he does and what he's comfortable with. I think all of that adding up has put us in a much better space at this time this year than maybe this time a year ago."
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Jones won't suit up for Friday's preseason game against the Jets.
Jones has played a full 16-game slate just three times in his illustrious career to date, so it's no shock that the Falcons are holding out their offensive centerpiece in a meaningless contest. On the heels of his fifth 1,000-year season in the the past six years, he'll look to improve his prowess in the red zone, where the Falcons ranked 23rd in scoring in 2017, per Kevin Patra of NFL.com.
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Jones has identified last season's red zone struggles as an area that the Falcons offense is focusing on improving upon in 2018, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
No NFC playoff team was worse in the red zone last season than the Falcons, whose red zone touchdown rate of 49.2 percent was nearly three percentage points below the fifth-ranked unit (Carolina at 51.8 percent). Neutralization of the team's most potent offensive weapon went a long way in helping that become a reality, as Jones commanded practically a third of Atlanta's red zone targets but hauled in just five of those 19 attempts, tying Mike Evans for the worst efficiency of any receiver with at least 13 targets inside the 20-yard line. With red zone effectiveness being a priority in training camp and Calvin Ridley being added to the receiving corps, Jones has more than a puncher's chance at doubling his touchdown total from three to six.
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Jones agreed to a revised contract with $2.9 million added for 2018, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports.
Dissatisfied with the five-year, $71.25 extension he signed three summers ago, Jones skipped the entire offseason program and was preparing for a training camp holdout. The Falcons swooped in with a short-term fix, after initially being reluctant to negotiate with a player who has three years remaining on his deal. The two parties likely will reassess the contract next offseason, with Jones surely expecting an extension if he manages to extend his streak of four straight seasons with more than 1,400 yards. The 29-year-old wide receiver reported to training camp Thursday.
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Jones is envisioned as a player who will remain in Atlanta for his entire career, according to comments from team owner Arthur Blank on Tuesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "He's going to be a Falcon for life," Blank said. "I'm convinced of that and so is he. We'll take it from there. But we are all focused on the same thing. I think that we are in good shape."
In a development that has potential to derail a promising season for the Falcons, Jones remains disgruntled over the state of contract negotiations and intends to hold out for the start of training camp, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Atlanta will report Thursday without the team's most-talented player in attendance, as Jones looks to bolster his per-year payout (currently receiving $14.25 million per year, which ranks ninth at the position). Although the front office has signaled its intention to renegotiate contract terms after the season, it appears that the two-time All-Pro receiver is prepared to stand his ground and absorb what could be a $40,000 fine for each missed practice. The last time a Falcons pass-catcher of this caliber held out of camp was in 2009, when Roddy White went on strike for six days before securing a six-year, $50 million extension, but that was with one season left on his deal, compared to three remaining years under contract for Jones.
Julio Jones WR ATL (8) 3 weeks ago
Jones will not report to the Falcons on Thursday for the start of training camp, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports.
Frustrated with the five-year, $71.25 million extension he signed in August 2015, the 29-year-old wideout didn't show up for OTAs or mandatory minicamp this spring. While there's no question his contract is a bargain, the Falcons understandably are hesitant to establish the precedent of renegotiating with a player who has three seasons remaining on his deal. Tricky as the situation may be, it's hard to imagine Jones extending his holdout into the regular season, particularly after the Falcons promised to work on redoing his contract next year, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
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The Falcons informed Jones that they have no plans to rework his contract, but remain hopeful the wideout will report to training camp next week, Jeff Schultz of The Athletic Atlanta reports.
Jones inked a five-year, $71.26 million extension with the Falcons in August 2015, a figure that places him eighth in the league among receivers in terms of average annual value. After turning in his fourth consecutive season of 1,400-plus receiving yards and 80-plus receptions in the first year of the deal, Jones believes he's worthy of a pay raise. The 29-year-old previously skipped the Falcons' offseason program and minicamp earlier this year and could consider holding out of camp if the Falcons aren't willing to indulge his request.
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Jones was a participant in quarterback Matt Ryan's annual passing camp Monday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Jones skipped the entirety of the Falcons' offseason workout program this spring as a display of dissatisfaction with his current contract, which has an average annual value of $14.25 million that ranks eighth among the league's highest-paid receivers. While Jones' participation in Ryan's private workout is undoubtedly a sign of good faith on his part, there's still no telling whether Jones will show up for the start of training camp July 26.
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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.