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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 didnít 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.
| Julio Jones "not sure" for Thursday night game -- Tue Oct 13 11:05 am --|
Passing game getting cloudy for Falcons
|Ed Werder reported that Atlanta Falcons HC Dan Quinn seems encouraged about Julio Jones hamstring, but the short prep week means he's no sure thing for Thursday night. (Ed Werder on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Quinn told Werder it's "Gonna be close. Not sure he can go," which clouds the fantasy picture for the Falcons and even Matt Ryan in what should have been a prime matchup facing the hapless New Orleans Saints. Leonard Hankerson (ribs) is also hurting. This may be a good time for the Falcons to lean even more heavily on newfound scoring maven Devonta Freeman and rookie Tevin Coleman, who saw some snaps in Week 5 after sitting out a couple games with a rib injury.
| Hamstring injury a concern for Julio Jones -- Sun Oct 11 7:15 am --|
Questionable but expected to play
|Falcons WR Julio Jones, listed as questionable due to hamstring, is expected to play; but his hamstring issues are a concern to Falcons. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: This is a concern for Julio owners but not enough to leave him out of lineups unless he's made inactive after pregame warmups. He has a plus matchup with the Redskins without both cornerbacks Chris Culliver (knee) and DeAngelo Hall (toe).
| Julio Jones listed as questionable -- Fri Oct 9 7:00 pm --|
WR battling nagging toe and hamstring injuries
|Will Julio Jones be ready for Sunday? The Falcons listed their star receiver as questionable for Atlanta's tilt with the Redskins because of the toe and hamstring injuries that limited Jones during Friday's practice. The team's official website noted that Jones saw reduced reps during the session in order to give the league's most dangerous pass-catcher more rest.
FF Today's Take: Perhaps bothered by the toe injury last week, Jones wasn't his usual prolific fantasy self, managing just 38 yards on four catches. Toe injury or not, as long as Jones is in the Falcons lineup, he should be in yours.
| Julio Jones sits again, expected to play Sunday -- Thu Sep 17 12:50 pm --|
Expected to practice Friday
|Julio Jones will not practice Thursday and was held out of Wednesday's practice. Quinn indicated Jones would have full participation during Friday's practice. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Jones is dealing with a sore hamstring but head coach Dan Quinn doesn't appear to be concerned about his top wide receiver's availability for Sunday's game against the Giants. Julio owners shouldn't panic unless he misses Friday's practice.