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11 Julio Jones WR
Height/Weight: 6-3/220 | Birthdate: 2/3/1989 | Birthplace: Foley, AL, USA | Team: Atlanta | College: Alabama | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 100/99 | Average Draft Position: 19.37
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Julio Jones dominates Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones turned in a fantastic performance Thursday against the Buccaneers. 

Jones hauled in nine passes for 161 yards and two scores. The Bucs had no answer for Jones on defense, even though Jones was Atlanta's only healthy weapon. After making a ridiculous catch on a 40-yard touchdown, Jones left the game. At that point, the team was up 42-0. Jones received a team-high 11 targets. 

Jones will take on the Vikings Week 4. 


Julio Jones probable to face Buccaneers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) The Falcons listed wideout Julio Jones as probable for Thursday night's game against the Buccaneers. He has been practicing despite an ankle injury.

Julio Jones expected to practice fully Tuesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Falcons receiver Julio Jones (ankle) was limited in practice Monday but is expected to practice in full Tuesday, reports the team's website. Atlanta hosts the Buccaneers on Thursday.

Julio Jones overcomes sluggish start


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Though he didn't receive his first target until the final play of the Falcons' second drive Week 2 at Cincinnati, wide receiver Julio Jones still ended up leading the team not just in targets with 13, but catches with seven and yards with 88. He also scored the Falcons' only touchdown, hauling in a 14-yard pass from quarterback Matt Ryan midway through the second quarter.

He, like the rest of the Falcons receiving corps, struggled to pick up any ground against the Bengals defense in the first half -- a contrast to Week 1 against the Saints, when they thrived on yards after the catch. Jones had only 31 yards before halftime, but then again, Ryan threw for only 60.

Jones did have a scary moment midway through the fourth quarter when he took a hard fall while attempting to haul in a long pass. He hobbled off the field and returned for the team's next drive.

The Falcons will have a quick turnaround in Week 3, hosting the Buccaneers on Thursday night. Jones will look to remain Ryan's go-to guy in that game.


Falcons emphasizing four-receiver look


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) The Falcons are putting a new emphasis on a four-receiver set featuring Julio Jones, Roddy White, Harry Douglas and Devin Hester, reports ESPN.com. The lineup "worked wonders" against the Saints as Matt Ryan threw for 448 yards in a 37-34 overtime win, the report said.

Atlanta plays with one running back and no tight ends in that formation.


Julio Jones begins 2014 on the right foot


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who missed the final 11 games last season with a broken foot, looked as good as ever Week 1 against the Saints. On a day when quarterback Matt Ryan set a career high with 448 passing yards, Jones overcame an early fumble to lead the way with seven catches for 116 yards. He also had a team-high nine targets.

"I don't feel (any) pain at all," Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Many of his catches were on short passes designed for him to pick up yards after the catch, but he excelled on intermediate routes as well. He made a leaping 23-yard grab along the sidelines to set the Falcons up for their final touchdown of the game midway through the fourth quarter.

The only area where Jones fell short was the red zone. He didn't catch any of Ryan's three touchdown passes on the day. He'll look to change that Week 2 at Cincinnati.


Julio Jones has 'no limitations' heading into opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who was limited to five games in 2013 due to a foot injury, said he is "100 percent" and will have "no limitations" for Sunday's season opener against the Saints.

"I’m just happy to be back, just being healthy and going out there and playing in the regular season," Jones said Thursday, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I was down last year. I wasn’t there to help my teammates. Now, I just feel great man. I feel like I’m 100 percent right now going into this game."

Jones talked Thursday about the cleats developed for him by Under Armour. He said the shoe is wider and has a steel shank. He added he has been wearing the cleats since February.

"Very comfortable for me," Jones said. "I don’t have to worry about them."


Julio Jones looking to make up for lost touchdowns


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/2/2014) Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who missed the final 11 weeks last year with a fractured foot, will be taking on the division rival Saints for the first time in nearly a full calendar year when they come to town in Week 1. He scored a touchdown in that last meeting, catching seven passes for 76 yards, and seems eager to do so again.

"That's a big emphasis this year," wide receiver Julio Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "We have to score in the red zone. We have too many weapons to get [stopped] in the red zone."

Jones was referring to last year's season opener -- a game the Falcons lost 23-17 after stalling twice inside the 10-yard line. Given the Jones' size and physicality, the Falcons will obviously look to him in those situations, especially with tight Tony Gonzalez now out of the picture.

Jones has expressed concern recently that he's not quite ready for a full workload yet, but even if the Falcons rest him a little more than usual, you can bet they'll take advantage of his time on the field. Even though the Saints technically ranked second against the pass last year, allowing 194.1 yards per game, you shouldn't hesitate to start Jones in Fantasy. Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank him fifth among wide receivers for the week.


Julio Jones ready for 65 plays per game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Falcons receiver Julio Jones told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he can "get up to speed good" but is not sure he can maintain the pace he'd like.

"I can't hold it as long as I want to hold it over the course of the game," said Jones, who's coming back from foot surgery. "Right now I probably could give you 65 plays or so, I mean that's a whole game, but the way that I play in the running game and everything, I want to be at full speed for the whole game. I don't feel like I'm there yet."


Julio Jones breaks free for 52-yard TD Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones showed a flash of dominance during Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

Jones caught a short pass from Matt Ryan and made some nifty moves for a 52-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He played the entire first half and was targeted five times and finished with two catches for 63 yards and a touchdown.


Falcons upping Julio Jones' workload


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Falcons wideout Julio Jones is about to see his practice workload increase, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Falcons had been giving Jones a day off after he practices, but now he'll start practicing every day.

"It’s important to have all of our guys ready who are going to play 60 snaps," coach Mike Smith said, referring to the regular-season opener against the Saints. "That’s not possible if you’re not practicing every day. You’re going to see over the next 10 days a change in who’s practicing."


Julio Jones suited up, ready to play Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is suited up for Saturday's preseason came against the Texans.

Jones is expected to see action with the first-team offense. The starters will likely play into the second quarter, NFL.com reports, though Jones may or may not see limited action while the starters are on the field. He's on his way back from foot surgery.


Julio Jones expected to return vs. Houston


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Falcons receiver Julio Jones, who is coming off foot surgery, told ESPN on Thursday that he will play against the Texans on Saturday. He will likely only see a series of work with the first-team offense. 

Julio Jones added 10 pounds of muscle


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Falcons receiver Julio Jones added 10 pounds of muscle and still has his breakaway speed, reports ESPN.com. Jones looks fully healthy coming off a second foot surgery, and quarterback Matt Ryan figures to lean on Jones in the red zone with Tony Gonzalez retired, the report added.

Julio Jones won't suit up for preseason game No. 1


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Falcons receiver Julio Jones will not suit up for Friday's preseason opener against the Dolphins, according to the team's official website.

"We're going to work on a second or third preseason game. That''s our goal right now," head coach Mike Smith said on the Falcons telecast.

Jones is coming off foot surgery and  has been practicing every other day since the start of training camp. The Falcons will likely take a cautious approach with their star wide receiver moving forward. His next chance to play will come Aug. 16 at Houston. 


Julio Jones' goal: 1,500-plus yards for himself and Roddy White


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Falcons receiver Julio Jones told Fox Sports that he and Roddy White both could eclipse 1,500 receiving yards. No NFL team ever has had two wideouts surpass that number in a season.

"I think it’s possible, absolutely," quarterback Matt Ryan said. "When you look at what Roddy has done historically here, he’s always been consistent. I think everybody knows what he’s capable of doing. Julio has had three really good years when he has been healthy. Last year through five games, certainly he was on pace to do that.

"I’m lucky to have two of the best guys and the best tandem in the NFL. I think they’re both going to have big years."


Julio Jones might not play in preseason opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Falcons coach Mike Smith said he hasn't decided if wide receiver Julio Jones, who is coming off foot surgery, will play in Friday's preseason opener against the Dolphins. Jones has been practicing every other day since the start of training camp.

Smith said he will likely re-evaluate Jones' practice schedule next week.

"No, we haven't done it yet," Smith said. "It will probably be after the first preseason game before we make an evaluation in terms of his workload. But I think he's handled everything that we've asked him to do up to this point in time. He hasn't missed any of the snaps that we've talked about him taking." 


Matt Ryan, Julio Jones regain chemistry quickly


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Falcons receiver Julio Jones was back in pads Tuesday for the first time since his 2013 foot surgery, and he was clicking with quarterback Matt Ryan, according to the team's website.

"I felt like watching Julio and Matt work together, it’s like they hadn’t missed a beat," coach Mike Smith said. "Julio looks like he’s comfortable out there, getting back into the action. We are having him on a prescription of work one day, off one day, and we’ll make a determination as we get further into training camp, whether that’s going to change or not, but it’s worked well for us up to this point in time and when he and Matt have had an opportunity to get some snaps together, they’ve been productive and efficient."

Ryan said it's great to have Jones back.

"He’s an unbelievable player, such an incredible talent," Ryan said. "I can’t believe he’s in year four, now. He’s so much more mature, has such a better understanding of our offense at this point that he’s teaching a lot of guys that are here. He’s a big help for me in terms of getting some of our new guys on board and up to speed, but watching him out there, he looks great. He looks really healthy and I’ve been really impressed with how he’s come back from the injury."


Julio Jones shows 'explosion' in most extensive work to date


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Falcons receiver Julio Jones saw his most extensive practice action Sunday since undergoing right foot surgery and "looked like the Jones of old," reports ESPN.com. "His explosion was evident with every step, and he blew past [corner] Desmond Trufant on a play during one-on-one drills."

Trufant sounded impressed. "He's looking good, man," Trufant said of Jones. "To come back like he did ... he didn't do any of the (organized team activities). He was just doing rehab. He didn't miss a beat. That's exactly what we want to see. And he's going to definitely have a comeback season this year."

Jones, the report concluded, "was spectacular and in sync with Matt Ryan." Jones is off Monday as the team tries to manage his comeback.


White: Julio Jones will 'destroy the NFL'


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/25/2014) Falcons receiver Roddy White is hoping teammate Julio Jones (foot) will be healthy all season because he's counting on a big year for Jones in 2014, reports ESPN.

"I'm worried about him in a sense that I just want him to play football," White said. "Being with Julio for the last few years, I know how great of a player he is. I know how great of a player he can be. And I just want him to be the best he can be. That's all I care about. If he's the best he can be, we're going to win. There's no doubt about it. 

"I don't have any other concerns with him because we're like brothers. I want to see him be on the field throughout the whole season and just watch him destroy the NFL."


Julio Jones cleared for practice but will be limited


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/23/2014) Falcons receiver Julio Jones has been cleared for training camp practice, the next step in his recovery from a broken foot, but coach Mike Smith said he'll be limited in his snaps. 

"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. Julio will be out there participating in practice right from the start," Smith added per the Atlanta Journal Constitution


Falcons 'certain' Julio Jones will be good as new


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) The Falcons are "certain" receiver Julio Jones will "return to his old explosive self," reports ESPN.com. Jones is coming off foot surgery and is waiting for doctors to clear him to go all out. 

Jones says he's running routes and feels no pain in his foot.


Julio Jones, Roddy White aim to be top tandem


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/26/2014) Falcons receiver Julio Jones said when healthy, he and Roddy White are the best receiver tandem in the NFL, reports ESPN.

"When you step on the field, you should feel that you're the best, you and whoever your partner is," Jones said. "I feel like me and Roddy, we're the best when we step on the field. We take it as a challenge every year: We want to go out and show everybody we're the best one-two in the league."

The key for Jones and White is staying on the field. Last season, Jones played in just five games after suffering a season-ending fracture in his right foot while White was hobbled by hamstring and ankle injuries.

"We weren't there to play in the party," White said. "But this year, we're going to be there to play in the party. So at the end of the season, we'll come together, and then we'll see what happens."


Mostly-healed Julio Jones says he's a better player


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/18/2014) In a interview with CBSSports.com NFL writer Pete Prisco, Falcons receiver Julio Jones broke down his foot injury from last season, talked candidly about his concern about running again and set a timetable of Week 1 to be full-go for the season. 

When Jones broke his foot, he had a bigger screw inserted into his left foot and bone marrow transferred from his hip to the foot. That led to Jones' hip hurting him more than his foot in the early days of his recovery. Jones said he couldn't do anything for two months after the surgery and was in a soft cast. 

In February and March he began doing some running drills like ladders but admitted he was hesitant to run at full speed.

"[T]he only thing I was doing was just walking. That's all I was doing since October," Jones said. "Then like going through the ladders and stuff, I was barely putting it down because I was a little timid at first but after a while I was like, 'I don't feel nothing.' So I started doing rope jumping and gradually doing stuff. Now I'm jumping, I'm running routes, I'm doing the route tree now."   

Jones says he feels no pain. He's waiting on the team to clear him for everything and believes he'll be a better player because of what he went through. 

"I'm waiting to go," Jones said. "I think I'm better right now."


Julio Jones operating with several restrictions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Falcons receiver Julio Jones has several restrictions as he makes his way back from October foot surgery, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Filming a commercial, he wasn't allowed to jump to catch footballs.

"I feel very confident in everything that I’m going through and with what I’m doing as far as what (trainer) Marty (Lauzon) has going for me," Jones said. "They are not going to put me in (a bad) situation or rush me back or do anything that’s going to hurt me."

Jones has been cutting and running routes for a couple weeks, "nothing major," he said. He aims to be ready for the season opener.

"Everything is going good," Jones said. "Like they said, I am ahead of schedule, but we are still taking it day by day. Whatever they’ve got planned for me, I’m doing it."