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|Having parted ways with a boatload of draft picks in order to draft Jones with the 6th overall pick, the Falcons were expecting big things from the former Alabama product. And Jones didn’t disappoint, hauling in 54 passes for 959 yards and eight touchdowns despite a hamstring injury that caused him to miss three full games and resulted in him not being targeted in another contest. He possesses elite size and speed and his rookie performance suggests that Jones will become an elite receiver in the league. Will it happen in 2012? His explosive performance as a rookie (17.8 yards per reception and nearly 1,000 receiving yards on just 94 targets) suggests that it is possible. However, the smart money is on Jones improving on his production as a rookie but not receiving elite status just yet. Roddy White soaks up a pile of targets (leading the league in each of the last two seasons with 179) and while the Falcons plan on throwing the ball more in 2012, no one is predicting they will be amongst the league leaders in passing attempts. Jones shapes up as one of the top three dynasty league wide receivers along with Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green and as a lower tier WR1 in 2012.
Comment: The hype maching is in full effect and for good reason. If you want upside in your wide receiver pick, JJ is your man.
| Julio Jones out for Week 15 -- Sun Dec 14 11:35 am --|
|Falcons WR Julio Jones and S William Moore are officially out. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Ed Werder of ESPN also reported that Julio is bothered by a labrum issue in his hip. Roddy White and Harry Douglas will get the start. Both are intriguing options against a weak Steelers secondary.
| Julio Jones sits Friday, gametime decision -- Fri Dec 12 12:45 pm --|
|Julio Jones will be a game-time decision this week when the Atlanta Falcons face the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The wide receiver (hip) missed his third practice of the week Friday and is officially listed as questionable.
FF Today's Take: Jones has a juicy matchup against the Steelers leaky secondary but owners will need to check the inactive list on Sunday morning to see if he's good to go. The good news is that the Falcons and Steelers play at 1 pm ET.
| Julio won't need to practice in order to play -- Wed Dec 10 2:10 pm --|
Falcons WR sits Wednesday
|The Falcons may not get wide receiver Julio Jones and safety William Moore on the practice field this week but coach Mike Smith said that wouldn’t necessarily preclude them from playing on Sunday against the Steelers. “Both of those guys are guys that don’t need to go out and practice,” Smith said Wednesday. “If they are ready to go at 1 o’clock on Sunday, both of those guys will be out there.” (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FF Today's Take: Julio (hip) sat Wednesday although the Falcons didn't have a full practice. It's likely he won't practice much if at all this week and will be a gametime decision. on Sunday.
| Julio Jones misses practice with illness -- Thu Nov 20 11:45 am --|
Expected to practice Friday
|Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (illness) was not at practice today during the portion open to media. Jones missed practice on Wednesday. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FF Today's Take: Jones has missed back-to-back practices but is expected to practice tomorrow and be ready for the game on Sunday.