In a Week 5 loss to Pittsburgh, Jones did not record a reception until the fourth quarter. Atlanta was sure to get the two-time All Pro involved early and often Sunday against Tampa Bay, as he had seven receptions for 79 yards by halftime in what would prove to be a winning effort. It was the Buccaneers who Jones exploited last year for arguably the greatest game of his NFL career -- 12 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns. That pattern persisted as the Falcons registered a crucial midseason victory to keep hope alive. Week 7 brings a date with the Giants, a team that has fared decently against the pass in holding opponents to 236 yards per game thus far this season.
Jones hauled in five of nine targets for 62 yards during Sunday's 41-17 loss to Pittsburgh.
Jones was the No. 1 Week 5 receiver for many analysts, but he started the fourth quarter without a single reception against a Pittsburgh defense that entered the game allowing the sixth-most yards per attempt in the NFL (8.1). The five-time Pro Bowler went to work in the final frame to salvage a respectable output, amassing five catches for 62 yards, much of it coming in junk time as the Falcons fell to 1-4. Atlanta's Week 6 opponent, Tampa Bay, has struggled mightily in containing opposing passing attacks, ranking dead last in yards allowed per game through the air (358).
Jones (hand/ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Jones didn't practice Wednesday but returned to limited sessions Thursday and Friday. Coming off a nine-catch, 173-yard performance against the Bengals last week, Jones will take aim at a Pittsburgh defense that's allowed wideouts to score seven touchdowns in four games while producing 16.4 yards per catch and 9.5 per target.
Jones (hand/ankle) was limited at Thursday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Once again, Jones is building up his practice reps as he tends to health concerns. Assuming he's eventually cleared to take the field Week 5, he'll be facing a Steelers defense Sunday that has given up 220.8 receiving yards per game and seven touchdowns in four contests to opposing wideouts this season.
As he is wont to do, Jones brushed off his most recent health concerns and took the practice field after sitting out the first session of the week. His activity level won't be clear until the Falcons release Thursday's injury report, but he appears on his usual pace to active status on game day, which arrives Sunday in Pittsburgh this week.
|Bye: Week 8|
|9||11/4/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|12||11/22/18||@ NO||8:20 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
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