May 24, 2016

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Season Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sep 07

    NO @ ATL

  • Week 2 - Sep 14

    ATL @ CIN

  • Week 3 - Sep 18

    TB @ ATL

  • Week 4 - Sep 28

    ATL @ MIN

  • Week 5 - Oct 05

    ATL @ NYG

  • Week 6 - Oct 12

    CHI @ ATL

  • Week 7 - Oct 19

    ATL @ BAL

  • Week 8 - Oct 26

    DET @ ATL

  • Week 9 - Nov 02


  • Week 10 - Nov 09

    ATL @ TB

  • Week 11 - Nov 16

    ATL @ CAR

  • Week 12 - Nov 23

    CLE @ ATL

  • Week 13 - Nov 30

    ARI @ ATL

  • Week 14 - Dec 08

    ATL @ GB

  • Week 15 - Dec 14

    PIT @ ATL

  • Week 16 - Dec 21

    ATL @ NO

  • Week 17 - Dec 28

    CAR @ ATL

  • Week 1 - Sep 09

    ATL 40 @ KC 24

  • Week 3 - Sep 17

    DEN 21 @ ATL 27

  • Week 4 - Sep 30

    CAR 28 @ ATL 30

  • Week 5 - Oct 07

    ATL 24 @ WAS 17

  • Week 6 - Oct 14

    OAK @ ATL

  • Week 7 - Oct 21


  • Week 8 - Oct 28

    ATL @ PHI

  • Week 9 - Nov 04

    DAL @ ATL

  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    ATL @ NO

  • Week 11 - Nov 18

    ARI @ ATL

  • Week 12 - Nov 25

    ATL @ TB

  • Week 13 - Nov 29

    NO @ ATL

  • Week 1 - Sep 11

    ATL 12 @ CHI 30

  • Week 2 - Sep 18

    PHI 31 @ ATL 35

  • Week 3 - Sep 25

    ATL 13 @ TB 16

  • Week 4 - Oct 02

    ATL 30 @ SEA 28

  • Week 5 - Oct 09

    GB 25 @ ATL 14

  • Week 6 - Oct 16

    CAR 17 @ ATL 31

  • Week 7 - Oct 23

    ATL 23 @ DET 16

  • Week 8 - Oct 30


  • Week 9 - Nov 06

    ATL 31 @ IND 7

  • Week 10 - Nov 13

    NO 26 @ ATL 23

  • Week 11 - Nov 20

    TEN 17 @ ATL 23

  • Week 12 - Nov 27

    MIN 14 @ ATL 24

  • Week 13 - Dec 04

    ATL 10 @ HOU 17

  • Week 14 - Dec 11

    ATL 31 @ CAR 23

  • Week 16 - Dec 26

    ATL 16 @ NO 45

  • Week 1 - Sep 12

    ATL 9 @ PIT 15

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    ARI 7 @ ATL 41

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    ATL 27 @ NO 24

  • Week 4 - Oct 03

    SF 14 @ ATL 16

  • Week 5 - Oct 10

    ATL 20 @ CLE 10

  • Week 6 - Oct 17

    ATL 17 @ PHI 31

  • Week 7 - Oct 24

    CIN 32 @ ATL 39

  • Week 8 - Oct 31


  • Week 9 - Nov 07

    TB 21 @ ATL 27

  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    BAL 21 @ ATL 26

  • Week 11 - Nov 21

    ATL 34 @ LAR 17

  • Week 12 - Nov 28

    GB 17 @ ATL 20

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    ATL 28 @ TB 24

  • Week 14 - Dec 12

    ATL 31 @ CAR 10

  • Week 15 - Dec 19

    ATL 34 @ SEA 18

  • Week 16 - Dec 27

    NO 17 @ ATL 14

  • Week 17 - Jan 02

    CAR 10 @ ATL 31


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Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons

Julio Jones - Don Julio, the most intersting man in the world

Julio Jones was a highly sought after player heading into the 2011 NFL draft.  Jones ended up being the second wide receiver drafted, behind AJ Green, but the Jones pick ended up creating the most buzz.  The Atlanta Falcons were desperate to get Green or Jones, and when they lost out on Green, they made the Cleveland Browns an offer they could not refuse, in order to acquire Jones.

The Falcons gave the Browns their 2011 1st, 2nd and 4th round picks, in addition to the Falcons 1st and 4th round picks in 2012.  The Browns used those picks to draft Phil Taylor, Greg Little and Owen Marecic in 2011, and Brandon Weeden in 2012.  The Browns used the 4th round pick as part of a trade that allowed them to trade up to get Trent Richardson.  In the short time since this trade has happened it looks like the Falcons made the right move.

Jones has been an impact receiver on one of the best teams in the NFC, and he has not even begun to scratch the surface on his potential.  Jones is a big play receiver as evidenced by his career 16.2 yards per reception.  Jones also averages 4.59 catches for 74.38 yards and 0.62 touchdowns per game.  Jones reaches 100 yards receiving in 31% of the games in which he plays and scores 2 touchdowns or more 17% of the time.  Jones also has 5 or more catches in 52% of his games, showing his ability to make a big impact.   While these numbers are impressive, it is more important to look deeper into Jones’ production, as he is a completely different player on the road than he is at home.

Jones has the benefit of playing in a dome for the Falcons, which would lead you to believe that he would be a better player at home, but that is not the case for the Jones.  In the Georgia Dome Jones only averages 3.2 catches for 47.3 yards and 0.36 touchdowns per game.  Those numbers do not indicate the type of player that Jones is, but, for whatever reason, Jones has struggled playing at home, while his team has gone on to win 79% of those games.

In contrast, Jones is an absolute beast when on the road.  Jones averages 5.9 catches for 99.7 yards and 0.87 touchdowns per game.  Jones is a young player, but the ability to have this type of an average on the road demonstrates that he does not let the fans get into his head, but it begs the question; what is going on in his head during home games? Jones is an entirely different player at home versus on the road, but that trend should begin change for him.

Jones came in as the second receiver to Roddy White, and while White may still be listed as the #1 receiver on the depth chart, it is clear that Jones is the player that Ryan looks to in order to make the big play.  Jones is a redzone weapon with his size and speed and has demonstrated his ability to make those catches with 8 touchdowns in his rookie season and 10 scored in 2012.  Since the arrival of Jones White has failed to score more than 8 touchdowns in a season after totaling 21 touchdowns in the 2 years prior to Jones arrival.  Jones has had another impact on Roddy White as White has seen his receptions total drop each year, from 115 in 2010 before Jones to 100 in 2011 and 92 in 2012.  It is no coincidence when you look at the production from Jones whose receptions went from 54 in 2011 to 79 in 2012, and that trend should continue over the next few seasons.

Jones is the Falcons receiver of the here and now, as well as the future.  Jones is building a great rapport with his young quarterback Matt Ryan and with the inevitable retirement of Tony Gonzalez, Jones will be the highlighted player in the Falcons offense.  Jones has the ability to make the long bomb plays, as well as be a major factor in the redzone.  The NFL and fantasy future are on the rise for Jones, and the Browns have reconsidered the trade and would like Jones back please.




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2011 statistics

                           RUSHING                            RECEIVING                            FANTASY

                            Rush    Yards    TD         Rec   Targets   Yards   TD         Tot Pts   Pts/Gm

2011 Stats           6        56      0         54      94        959       8        149.5       11.5


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2012 Pros and Cons

(+) Julio is a game-breaker extraordinaire

(+) Piled up 94 targets in just 13 games as a rookie last season

(+) Basically a freak athlete…an Adonis at wide receiver 

(+) He averaged nearly 18 yards-per-catch despite dealing with some nagging injuries throughout the season

(+) Had five 100-yard games in just 13 games

(+) Scored six TDs over his last four games of the season 

(+) Roddy White usually gets the double-teams

(+) In leagues that reward for longer TDs, JJ may be the #1 guy we'd target

(+) can make plays that no one else on the field could imagine…and yet makes them look routine

(–) Is he injury prone?

(–) Made some bad decisions over the year, but maybe that is just a young rookie taking some lumps

(–) Had some costly drops last year that could affect his psyche and Matt Ryan’s confidence in him

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Julio Jones named to the Pro Bowl


Pyro's take: Julio Jones named to the Pro Bowl among seven other wide receivers

12/23/15, 12:18 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: probowl.fantasy.nfl.com

Jones should light up Tampa Bay defense


Pyro's take: Tampa Bay defensive backs who have contributed to the Buccaneers allowing opponents to convert 75 percent of the time in the red zone, worst in the league. Three of Jones’ five touchdowns have come in the red zone, and the Falcons should find ways to move the ball as long as Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is contained. -- Vaughn McClure

10/31/15, 07:59 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Julio Jones (hamstring) admits he doesn't know if he'll be active for Thursday's game against the Saints.


Pyro's take: Julio Jones is unsure of his status for Thursday is not the news owners need to hear right now. The wide receiver core is already hurting with an ineffective Roddy White and an injured Leonard Hankerson.

He says it's his "plan" to play, but that he simply won't know until Thursday evening.

10/14/15, 02:50 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.atlantafalcons.com

Adam Schefter reports Julio Jones is expected to play Sunday


Pyro's take: Schefter reported via twitter "Falcons WR Julio Jones, listed as questionable due to hamstring, is expected to play; but his hamstring issues are a concern to Falcons."

10/11/15, 10:48 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Jones Active

According to the NFL network Julio Jones will be active for today's game. "According to NFL Media's Albert Breer, the Falcons saw enough from their star during pregame workouts and feel about his status. The key to Jones' Sunday will be pain tolerance."

"Jones ran on Wednesday and again Saturday before traveling to New Orleans. The wideout's hip is in better shape than last week, per Breer."

Pyro's take: I still wouldn't play him, as being active and playing are two different things. In reality this is a gut decision, and if you feel that he starts, then he starts.

12/21/14, 10:52 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.nfl.com

Not Practing

Julio Jones is still not practicing and according to Vaughn McClure via twitter, "William Moore (foot) back on field with helmet along with Roddy and Douglas. No Julio."

Pyro's take: It does not look good for Julio this week, as he probably will need another week to heal. Harry Douglas if available will resume in Jones absence, and can make a solid pick-up if your short on wide receivers

12/18/14, 11:11 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Possibly out Week 16

This week is a crucial game for the Falcons as they battle the Saints for first place, and a loss will send them home for the season. That means missing Julio Jones for a second straight week could be devastating.

Head coach Mike Smith stated about Julio Jones and his progress: “Julio is about where he was yesterday,” Smith said. “Our anticipation is that we’ll have him ready to go this week. It’s going to be important for him to continue to improve. He improved from last week to this week. We need to get him back out there.”

Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter mentioned: "We kind of have to have a contingency both ways. We have some ‘what if Julio plays,’ and some ‘what if Julio does not play.’ ... That’s one of the hardest things about not knowing if one of your best guys is going to go."

Pyro's take: This is still a coin-flip on Julio, check in by the end of the week to see if he is go. Koetter seems less optimistic than Mike Smith, and that is telling to me that he looks to be out for this week as well. "Jones leads the NFL in receiving yards (1,428) after setting career highs in yards in consecutive games. Jones also leads the league with 27 receptions of 20 yards or longer."

12/16/14, 07:08 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: atlantafalcons.blog.ajc.com

Q+A with Julio

Here is a brief excerpt of Julio Jones Q+A with the media. Click on the link for the entire session.

Q. No limitations (with the foot)?
A. No limitations at all.

Q. What stands out about the Saints defense?
A. They are a great defense overall. First of all, their line will get pressure on your quarterback. They are very athletic in the secondary. We just have to pick our spots and connect on them.

Q. What goes through your mind when you get added coverage?
A. I’m doing my job. I’m helping my teammates out. They know I’m going to have double coverage. And I expect to have double coverage. If not, I’m going to go out there and make some plays, make something happen. I have to take my job seriously in those situations. I can’t go out there and take plays off because I’m not getting the ball. I still have to go out there and run full speed to draw that coverage.

Q. What kind of expectations do you have for yourself?
A. Just going out there, playing a full game and staying healthy. I know it’s going to feel good to be back out there on the field in a regular-season game.

Q. How has your role changed coming into this year as opposed to previous years?
A. I don’t think it’s changed. I expect a lot out of myself and my teammates do as well. I just have to go out there and play. Me being back to 100 percent that is all they want to see.

Q. Is there a leadership role or are you more vocal in wide receiver meetings?
A. All of us, we know what we’ve got to do. We play for each other. That is the best thing about being on this team and being in the receiver room. We just play for each other. We don’t put no added pressure on each other or someone say ‘you need to do this or do that.’ We know what we need to do in our room and we are going to go out there and make plays.

Pyro's take: Julio Jones is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL and as long as he stays healthy he will continue to shine. I love the team attitude he takes, and the confidence he displays.

He will face the Saints that is a strong defensive team, but he should be started in all formats, no matter who he faces.

09/05/14, 04:54 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.ajc.com

Julio looks healthy and good

Jones, playing in his second game since foot surgery ended his season in October, scored on a 52-yard catch-and-run.

Jones caught Matt Ryan’s short pass after a hard cut. Titans cornerback Coty Sensabaugh and safety George Wilson closed to make the tackle; Jones shrugged them both off before running away from help defenders for the final 45 yards.

The big game from Jones was a welcome sign for the Falcons. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2012 and started strong in 2013 before breaking a bone in his right foot. This game was the latest evidence he’s healthy again.

Pyro's take: Julio is a beast, and he has become a value due to the concern over his foot. If Jones stays healthy he is going to well outperform his ADP which is 19 overall, and sixth amongst wide receivers. This means in 10 team leagues he is falling to owners who picked first or second, which is an amazing value. Julio has the talent to be the number one fantasy receiver when it is all said and done in 2014.

08/26/14, 09:09 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.ajc.com

Julio is on the field for the first day of camp

(Head Coach Mike Smith's Press conference)

On WR Julio Jones:

“I thought it was very good. You guys saw it. He was running routes very well. I thought the timing between he and Matt [Ryan] were good. You know we have a plan or prescription that we’re going to try and stay by for the first couple weeks and make an evaluation after that. It was great to see Julio back on the field and when you looked on the other side and saw 84 [WR Roddy White] out there, I know not only me, but I think the quarterback and the whole coaching staff was excited about seeing both those guys.”

Pyro's take: Julio is coming back off of a horrible foot injury, and the Falcons have said they are going to take it easy on him early. That prospect could be an issue for fantasy owners who are thinking about drafting him as a top three receiver. The fact that he is on the field on day one is encouraging. Julio is dynamic, but the health of his foot is worth monitoring.

07/26/14, 02:00 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.atlantafalcons.com

Julio Jones is on target with his recovery

"He's well on his way," Mike Smith said of Jones following Monday's Senior Bowl practices. "He's met all the marks that they've set for him in terms of the timetable. So we're pleased with what he's done up to this point.

"He's been spending a lot of time back in Atlanta and in Flowery Branch through the middle parts of the week with our athletic performance department. And he is on schedule to be back in the spring."

Pyro's take: Julio is my favorite player in the league, and it was a crushing blow when he went down in week 5 of last season (especially given the catch he made at the time of the injury). He was on fire, 2nd for WRs in targets (Cecil Shorts III has 62 to JJ's 60), while leading WRs in catches, yards and fantasy points at the time of his injury.

F!! It's great to hear that he is on target, but Julio is a risk moving forward, his broken foot happened because of a screw that he had inserted into his foot before the NFL draft in 2011... if this happens again, it could be career threatening.

I'm sending positive vibes The Sphinx's way, heaven knows I want that guy to have a long and fruitful career. We as NFL fans, deserve a guy like him playing 16 regular season games per year.

01/27/14, 01:38 PM CST by d-Rx
Source: espn.go.com

Julio Jones IS out for the rest of the season

According to Chris Mortensen Julio Jones is now confirmed out for the year. The news came through his twitter account @mortreport stating "Julio Jones will have surgery next week after Dr. Robert Anderson confirmed his fractured foot."

Pyro's take: This is the same foot Jones had surgery on in 2011, by Dr. Anderson. Harry Douglas should be considered in all leagues as he will be filling in for Julio Jones.


10/09/13, 05:27 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: twitter.com

The Sphinx is hurt.

“Julio injured his foot last night. He saw our doctors this morning. He is going to have a second opinion tomorrow over in Charlotte, North Carolina. The first reports were not encouraging, but we will wait to see what the second opinion comes back as.” -Coach Mike Smith

Pyro's take: First off... F!!!

Second off... I hate that new turf these stadiums are using now (both indoor and outdoor), it's killing these players feet.

Third off... F!!!

I have him in all 4 of my leagues, and he's been a beast. It's an impossible void to fill, but like any owners out there, ya can't sulk - ya gotta figure it out.

This should help Roddy White and Harry Douglas bigtime fantasy points wise, as Julio has more catches than any other WR and is 2nd only to Jimmy Graham. I hope he can make it back this year, and it's nothing too serious. Love Julio as a person and a player.

10/08/13, 07:11 PM CDT by d-Rx
Source: blogs.atlantafalcons.com

Julio Jones did not practice Wednesday

Julio Jones didn’t practice. Jones has a knee injury, according to the practice report.

Pyro's take: Jones should be fine, and it seems like the Falcons are just getting him some rest to be sure he is ready to go on Sunday. There is nothing to worry about at this point as they are saying he will be ready to play on Sunday. If he continues to be held out of practice all week then this could become a concern.

09/11/13, 09:53 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Julio Jones ready to take his game to another level...scary

Those who have watched Julio Jones say that his route running has sharpened, that he runs patterns like he's less than 6 feet tall. His body control has improved greatly. He has cut beef and pork out of his diet, which makes him feel better. All of this positivity has him primed to make the leap toward the tier of receivers...then there is the aspect of Jones' game that has drawn the attention of head coach Mike Smith. "He looks stronger at the ball...and to me, there's going to be so many tightly thrown balls, the coverage is such where you gotta be strong at the ball. That's something where that stood out to me."

Pyro's take: We have always been huge believers in Julio Jones and all of this is just more proof in the pudding that Jones is ready to be considered a top 3 receiver by the end of this season. Jones also has the support of his quarterback who said, "Jones is ready to take the next step". That is awesome, considering most of the receivers in the league would like to be on the step he was on last season. Jones is ready to be a bigger part of the offense in our opinion and we fully expect him to be the main guy in Atlanta this year...move over Roddy White.

08/03/13, 03:30 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.nfl.com