Jones is not partaking in the first week of Atlanta's voluntary offseason program while he attends the grand opening of his car dealership in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Jones missed the entirety of the team's 2017 offseason program due to foot surgery, so head coach Dan Quinn's announcement in March indicating that Jones would participate in this year's workouts was news well-received by every tier of the Falcons' organization. Quinn reported that there is no cause for concern regarding Jones being absent in the early going. "It's not mandatory," Quinn said this week from the team facility, "but we knew (he wasn't) going to be here." Jones' prompt return to workouts is expected, as he aims to continue building rapport with Matt Ryan and the rest of the receiving corps.
Jones eclipsed the 1,400-yard threshold for a fourth consecutive season, but he fell shy of 100 yards per game for the first time since 2012. The superstar perimeter threat managed just three touchdowns during the regular season (a career low for a season in which he played in at least six games) and his catch rate dropped nearly five percentage points from the previous year -- from 64.3 percent to 59.5. The narrative flipped once the postseason rolled around, as Jones provided fantasy owners with reason for optimism by hauling in 18 of 26 targets for 195 yards and one score in two playoff games. Quinn is optimistic that a healthy offseason will help Jones get off to a better start in 2018, as the wideout's disappointing production in September and October may have indirectly been related to the toe surgery he had last March.
Jones (ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Saturday's divisional-round game at Philadelphia, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
The Falcons' injury report has included a number of key skill-position players in both weeks of postseason prep to date, including Jones, who followed a DNP/DNP/limited practice regimen prior to this contest. He's carried an ankle injury for most of the second half of the season, but his production hasn't experienced any dips. As evidence, Jones averaged six receptions (on 10 targets) for 97.8 yards per outing and reached the end zone three times over the last nine games. Consequently, he's a must-play, per usual, in the second round of the playoffs.
Jones (ankle) was seen during the portion of Thursday's practice open to the media, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
The Falcons will provide an official update on the wideout when they release their official practice report, but even if Jones was just a limited participant, it's a good sign for his status heading into the weekend. After being held out Tuesday and Wednesday, head coach Dan Quinn said that Jones was still "on the right trajectory," and that appears to be the case, based on his presence on the field Thursday.
Jones (ankle) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
When Jones appears on the injury report, the viewing audience shouldn't be surprised at this point. After Jones sat out Tuesday due to an ankle injury, head coach Dan Quinn even provided some solace, stating the wideout was "on the right trajectory" and would "start getting his work tomorrow," according to Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site. Apparently, Jones requires an additional day of rehab before he can partake in preparations for Saturday's divisional-round contest at Philadelphia. Thursday's report will give the final word on his availability.
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