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 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.
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