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Verdict in on Falcons Julio Jones: 'Outstanding'

Posted on: August 13, 2011 8:48 am
Edited on: August 13, 2011 9:02 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

The Falcons made a bold move on draft day when they jumped 21 spots -- in a massive deal with Cleveland -- to land Julio Jones out of Alabama. At the time, we wrote that he "better be a home run" to justify the move, and we still stand by that.

Fortunately, the early results are in and Jones looks like a pretty solid draft pick for Atlanta. Granted, Friday night's loss against Miami was only one game of the preseason, but he drew some nice compliments from usually reserved Falcons coach Mike Smith.

"I think Julio got indoctrinated into what the NFL is about and in terms of the plays he made, I think they were outstanding," Smith said, per Jay Adams of the team's official website. "I think all three touches were for first downs. He showed some skills that we saw when he was playing at the University of Alabama, and we'll watch the tape I think we'll find some things that we've got to correct.

"We all made mistakes, starting with me in terms of the game management and all of that. I really thought that Julio did some good things."

He did indeed. Jones looked extremely explosive in the early going, catching two balls for 43 yards and taking a reverse around the right side for 12 yards.

Jones was targeted four times in total during the first three series that spanned about 12 minutes of the first quarter -- the Falcons first two offensive plays of the preseason targeted Jones but Matt Ryan missed the first throw and Vontae Davis was draped on Jones during the second one.

Yeah, it's safe to say that they wanted to not just establish Jones but their "new" identity as an explosive offensive team early on. It didn't work -- at first.

During the next two series, the Falcons marched down the field and punched it in the end zone, once with a Michael Turner score and then again when Harry Douglas made a fantastic catch on an even better throw from Ryan.

Those two possessions featured Jones being integrated much more seamlessly, particularly when Jones was able to take short passes from Ryan for big gains.

It's the explosive playmaking that Atlanta wanted to add this season and if Jones first few series are any indication of his ability, it certainly will be outstanding.

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:46 am

Verdict in on Falcons Julio Jones: 'Outstanding'

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Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2011 2:03 pm

Verdict in on Falcons Julio Jones: 'Outstanding'

Fair enough.

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 7:52 am

Verdict in on Falcons Julio Jones: 'Outstanding'

I see it was corrected. That was my point Black Ops. A simple read through before hitting send/print would make a little sense, no? Not just hitting the spell scheck option and thinking the article is complete. 

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 7:50 am

Verdict in on Falcons Julio Jones: 'Outstanding'

I didn't say anything about how the game was played, or who dominated the game. I find it ridiculous that CBS actually pays these clowns to write a report and they can't even get the simple facts correct. I don't really give 2 shiiits about the game to be honest, but when a member of the media is too lazy to actually proof read what they write, it makes me wonder why they pay these guys if they can't even get the blatant facts correct. 

Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: August 14, 2011 2:08 am

Verdict in on Falcons Julio Jones: 'Outstanding'


Your kidding right?  The Falcons first team offense ran up 17 points in the first quarter and then took a seat.  Are you seriously telling me that the outcome mattered after one cares who wins or loses in preseason, just that you get the quality execution that you are looking for and the Falcons had that. 

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2011 3:49 pm

Verdict in on Falcons Julio Jones: 'Outstanding'

As an impartial observer, I don't think the final score at all reflected how well the Falcons' first unit played.  I only watched the first quarter or so, just to see Jones, and he was spectacular.  Moreover, the first team defense was lights out as well, creating two turnovers in the early going.  During the pre-draft talk, many here in St.  Louis were hoping that Jones might fall to #14 and provide an improving Sam Bradford someone to throw to that has even a little elusiveness.  If last night was any indication, the draft day trade to get Jones was brilliant on the part of Falcons management.  On all three plays, Jones really had a gear not possessed by the other 21 guys on the field at the time.

Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: August 13, 2011 2:51 pm

Verdict in on Falcons Julio Jones: 'Outstanding'

It all boils down to the situation that you are put in. The team you play for the level of talent on that team etc. If Cincy would have taken Julio instead of A.J. we wouldnt be having this conversation. Julio has landed in the perfect situation. Think about the career that Barry Saunders had. It was stellar. But imagine what it would have been like if he had rushed behind the offensive line that Emmit Smith had. I think it is safe to say that as long as he stays healthy Julio Jones will be outstanding.

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2011 2:41 pm

Verdict in on Falcons Julio Jones: 'Outstanding'

Last time I checked Miami won the game...c'mon boys, proof read your damn articles, not just spell check!!

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