26-Year-Old Wide Receiver – Atlanta Falcons
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Jones finished third in the league in receiving yards but likely would have been first had a hip injury not cost him a game against the Steelers' generous pass defense late in the year. In fact, but f...
Julio Jones Contract Information:
Signed a fully guaranteed contract with the Falcons in July 2011 worth $16.2 million over four years. His fifth-year option (through) 2015 was picked up by the team in April of 2014.
Jones (hip) is active for Sunday's game against the Panthers.
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Julio Jones: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)A final call on Jones' status is unlikely to come until game day, but Jones at practice on Friday and the NFC South title on the line, fantasy owners and Falcons fans should be optimistic about him suiting up in Week 17.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)It's not clear how much work Jones was able to get in Friday, but his presence on the practice field bodes well for his chances of playing in Week 17. Expect an update on Jones' status when the Falcons release their final injury report of the week Friday afternoon.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)If he was a normal player, Jones would have two strikes against him in the form of missed practices to begin the week. While coach Mike Smith is unsure whether the wide receiver will make it three consecutive absences Friday, he expects Jones to suit up and contribute Sunday against the Panthers. Jones followed such a plan in Week 16, when he busted out for 107 yards on seven receptions, so owners shouldn't fret unless Smith's tone changes heading into the weekend.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Jones' absence is likely a precautionary measure, but owners are advised to watch his status throughout the week to make sure he's on a path to active status this coming Sunday. After the wideout toughed out his hip injury in Week 16 en route to seven receptions for 107 yards, expect him to produce yet again versus a Panthers defense that has yielded 12.3 YPC and two touchdown receptions to wideouts in the past four games.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Jones has not practiced, since suffering the injury in Week 14 against the Steelers, but after being listed as questionable, he reportedly showed enough in warmups to be given the green light. He reportedly was a full participant in Saturday's walkthrough, though that's hardly close to a full practice. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect a full workload, given how much time he has missed due to the ailment.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
With so many big seasons by the league’s top wideouts, it’s easy to forget Jones was atop the receiving-yardage board when he fractured his foot in Week 5. In fact, in five games, he either had a touchdown or 99 yards in every one. At 6-3, 220 and with 4.34 speed, Jones is arguably the league’s most athletic receiver besides Calvin Johnson, and like Johnson can operate from long range and in the red zone. In fact, Jones had three catches of 40-plus in just five games, a pace that would have put him among the league leaders. Even better, Jones had seven inside-the-10 looks in those five games, a pace that would have dwarfed league-leader Dez Bryant’s 16 in a full season. Of course, Jones was playing alongside a gimpy Roddy White who would have taken at least a couple of those goal-line opportunities were he at full strength. But White will turn 33 in November, so it’s likely Jones’ role will grow relative to White’s in any event. Throw in Tony Gonzalez’s retirement, and Jones – long one of the league’s most efficient wideouts – could also become one of its most heavily targeted. Jones had surgery in October, but is working with the team’s training staff and expected to return sometime in training camp.
If it weren't for Roddy White's established rapport with Matt Ryan and track record of durability, Jones would have a strong case to be the No. 2 receiver on the board. As it stands, Jones is one of the best per-play receivers in the league, averaging 9.3 YPT (9th) last year, and despite being just 19th in targets (129) tied for 11th with 17 catches of 20-plus and ninth with five catches of 40 or more yards. At 6-3, 220, and having run a 4.34 40 at the NFL Combine, Jones is a rare combination of size and speed, possibly the most physically gifted wideout this side of Calvin Johnson. But with White (143 targets) and Tony Gonzalez (124 targets) set to return, and Steven Jackson likely to see his share of touches near the goal line, Jones' ceiling is lower than that of the other elite options on the board.
While Roddy White made his living on volume, Jones was the team’s big-play weapon. Jones averaged a whopping 17.8 YPC (4th among 90-target WR) and 10.1 YPT (7th) and had six catches of 40-plus yards (tied for 7th) in just 13 games. At 6-3, 220, and having run a 4.34 40 at the NFL Combine, Jones is a rare combination of size and speed arguably surpassed only by Calvin Johnson. Jones scored eight TDs despite seeing almost no work inside the red zone – just seven targets, only one of which was from inside the 10. If that keeps up, it’s likely he could approach double-digit scores solely from long distance. But if the Falcons take advantage of Jones’ size from in close, he could find himself among the league leaders. Jones should improve in Year 2, and his rapport with quarterback Matt Ryan should only get better. But as long as White is Ryan’s first read, and Tony Gonzalez (21 targets) and Michael Turner (60 rushes) are the team’s top options in the red zone, Jones’ ceiling will be capped.
Most rookie receivers don't find themselves in prominent roles off the bat. But given what the Falcons gave up to get Jones – the 27th pick, the 59th pick, the 124th pick and next year's first and fourth rounders – their lack of depth beyond Roddy White and their win-now mentality, the team will do everything in its power to get him involved this year. At 6-3, 220 and having run a 4.34 40 at the NFL Combine, Jones is a tremendous athlete and dangerous in any area of the field. He's got ideal red-zone size, a 38-inch vertical leap and good hands. Jones isn't particularly elusive in the open field, but he's tough to bring down and can get yards after the catch. He might not start right away, and White will still be Matt Ryan's first look, but expect Jones to be a factor this year. Jones had surgery to repair a fracture in his foot in March but should be healthy for the start of training camp.