What an Increase in Jones’ Production Really Means for the Falcons

By Jake Saltzman

If there is ever a time that NFL players prefer their names to stay out of the news headlines, it is probably right now, early June. With OTAs either already underway or set to resume in the next few days, frequent appearances in the media almost exclusively signal contract holdouts, like with Drew Brees, or legal troubles, like with Justin Blackmon and Jerome Felton.

Falcons’ wide receiver Julio Jones has also been a regular topic of conversation within NFL circles lately, but in his case, the reason for discussion pertains strictly to on-field activity.

It would seem not many people feel Jones’ 54 catches and eight touchdowns in his rookie season were telling of how effective Jones can be in the Atlanta offense. Though Jones went for nearly 1,000 yards receiving, and averaged over 17 yards per catch, all across the blogosphere NFL contributors are chiming in on how Atlanta could be in line for even more from the former sixth overall draft pick.

One article I’ve read even suggests Jones could be in a position in the Atlanta offense to break Jerry Rice’s single season record of 1,848 receiving yards, which the Hall of Famer set in 1995.

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