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Julio Jones

Julio Jones

Wide Receiver #11
ADP:Round: 2, Pick: 10
Team: Atlanta Falcons
Ht / Wt:6'3" / 220 lb.
College:Alabama
Age:31
Born:February 3, 1989
Drafted:2011 / Rd. 1 (6)
Draft Team:ATL

Julio Jones: Thrives in primetime victory

Jones secured seven of 10 targets for 137 yards in the Falcons' 25-17 win over the Panthers on Thursday night.

Analysis: Jones started the night off blazing hot with two receptions for 52 yards on the Falcons' first two plays from scrimmage, and he continued to thrive throughout the night. The perennial Pro Bowler's contributions became even more critical once Calvin Ridley exited the contest with an ankle injury in the second quarter. Jones didn't appear hindered by the hip injury he'd been nursing earlier in the week, and his 137-yard output tied for his second highest of the campaign thus far. He'll now look to take advantage of some extra time off ahead of a Week 9 interconference battle versus the Broncos on Sunday, Nov. 8.

October 29, 2020 9:01 PM EST

Julio Jones: Ready for Thursday

Jones (hip) doesn't have a designation for Thursday's game at Carolina, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Jones has appeared on Atlanta's injury report for most of the season. Only this week, though, was he listed with a hip injury, which capped his practice reps Monday and Tuesday before he was a full participant at Wednesday's walk-through. Jones missed one chance to strike against the Panthers defense Week 5, so he'll look to pick on a unit that has given up 89 catches to wide receivers (tied for 12th most in the NFL) this season.

October 28, 2020 2:45 PM EST

Julio Jones: Another limited practice

Jones (hip) was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Jones has been a fixture on the Falcons' practice reports for a good portion of the season due to a recurring hamstring injury, but he seems to have moved past that issue after logging normal snap loads in back-to-back games. Instead, Jones' hip is bothering him this week as the Falcons prepare for a Thursday night matchup with Carolina. The fact that Jones has been listed as a limited participant rather than a non-participant on the first two reports of Week 8 is a positive sign, but he may need to upgrade to full activity Wednesday to avoid carrying a designation into game day.

October 27, 2020 1:37 PM EST

Julio Jones: Listed as limited on practice estimate

Jones (hip) was listed as limited on Monday's practice estimation, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Jones was on the field for 59 of the Falcons' 75 snaps on offense in Sunday's 23-22 loss to the Lions, en route to catching eight of his nine targets for 97 yards. For now, we'll operate under the assumption that Jones' listed limitations simply reflect that the wideout's reps would have been capped Monday for maintenance reasons, if had the team actually practiced. The Falcons face the Panthers on Thursday night.

October 26, 2020 2:34 PM EST

Julio Jones: Posts another impressive outing

Jones caught eight of his nine targets for 97 receiving yards during Sunday's 23-22 loss to the Lions.

Analysis: After sitting out Weeks 3 and 5 with a hamstring injury, Jones has returned to All-Pro form with 16 total receptions, 234 receiving yards and a pair of TDs the past two weeks against Minnesota and Detroit. The Falcons' passing attack has been revitalized with Jones' return, having posted 354.5 passing yards per game between Weeks 6 and 7. Entering Sunday, quarterback Matt Ryan was throwing to a passer rating of 65.6 in games without Jones in the lineup, compared to a 112 rating with Jones active. Though Jones may be rested or limited during what will be an abbreviated practice week, there's been no indication he'll have any issue getting ready for Thursday night's matchup against the Panthers.

October 25, 2020 2:31 PM EST

Julio Jones: Suiting up Week 7

Jones (hamstring) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Detroit, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Jones returned to the lineup last week and scorched the Minnesota defense for 137 yards and two touchdowns. He may continue to be limited in practice, but he should handle his full workload Sunday.

October 23, 2020 11:31 AM EST

Julio Jones: Officially limited at practice

Jones (hamstring) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Jones was back to work after sitting out the team's first practice of the week Wednesday. The Falcons haven't indicated that Jones' absence a day earlier was the result of a setback with the hamstring injury that sidelined him Weeks 3 and 5, so the veteran wideout was likely just getting a maintenance day. Assuming he's able to practice again in some fashion Friday, Jones should be on track to suit up this weekend against Detroit.

October 22, 2020 12:58 PM EST

Julio Jones: Returns to practice Thursday

Jones (hamstring) took part in practice Thursday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Prior to suiting up this past Sunday in Minnesota, Jones didn't practice until Friday, so his balky hamstring appears to be getting healthier since being inactive Weeks 3 and 5 due to the injury. Thursday's practice report will reveal exactly how many reps Jones was able to handle.

October 22, 2020 10:09 AM EST

Julio Jones: Doesn't practice Wednesday

Jones (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: After sitting out Weeks 3 and 5 with a hamstring injury, Jones looked like himself this past Sunday at Minnesota, torching the Vikings for eight catches (on 10 targets) for 137 yards and two touchdowns. He followed a DNP/DNP/LP practice regimen last week, so his activity level this week could signify whether he's at all in danger of sitting out Sunday against the Lions.

October 21, 2020 1:13 PM EST

Julio Jones: Goes berserk on Vikings

Jones corralled eight of his 10 targets for 137 receiving yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 40-23 win against Minnesota.

Analysis: The seven-time Pro Bowl wideout entered Week 6 with an average of 48.3 receiving yards per game over four appearances against Mike Zimmer's Vikings since 2014. Jones made his presence felt immediately Sunday, catching a 20-yard TD pass from Matt Ryan on Atlanta's first offensive possession of the afternoon. He provided another enormous contribution on a fourth-down and three in the third quarter, catching a Ryan lob pass and out-muscling defenders for a 40-yard score down the left sideline. Jones' status may have been somewhat precarious entering Sunday given that he missed back-to-back practices Wednesday and Thursday, but he logged a limited session Friday before getting the green light for Week 6. He's granted another favorable matchup Week 7, facing a Lions secondary that is dealing with injuries to Desmond Trufant (hamstring), Mike Ford (leg) and Justin Coleman (hamstring).

October 18, 2020 1:38 PM EST

Julio Jones: Cleared to play Week 6

Jones (hamstring) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Minnesota, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: This comes as a bit of a surprise after Jones was held out of practice both Wednesday and Thursday. He returned to the field Friday as a limited participant, setting him up to play in a game for the fourth time through six weeks. He did leave early last time he tried to play, logging only 15 snaps before the hamstring injury forced him out of a Week 4 loss to the Packers. Even with the re-injury risk, fantasy managers probably won't want to miss out on the upside, especially in this Week 6 matchup against Vikings defense that's given up the fifth-most PPR points (44.0 per game) to wide receivers.

October 16, 2020 12:01 PM EST

Julio Jones: Listed as DNP on Thursday

Jones (hamstring) was listed a non-participant on Thursday's injury report, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Jones has yet to practice since departing at halftime of Atlanta's Week 4 loss in Green Bay. The Falcons worked remotely Thursday due to a member of the organization testing positive for COVID-19, so it remains to be seen if the team will get on the practice field before week's end. Jones will have one more chance to bump up to LP or FP, at which point the Falcons will tab him with a designation for Sunday's game at Minnesota.

October 15, 2020 1:16 PM EST

Julio Jones: Remains absent from practice

Jones (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Jones wasn't able to practice all last week, so getting in any amount of activity ahead of Sunday's contest in Minnesota would represent significant progress. Fellow pass catchers Russell Gage (shoulder) and Hayden Hurst (back) were both limited Wednesday. The veteran wideout was a game-time decision for Week 5, so it's possible that he could suit up versus the Vikings even without practicing beforehand.

October 14, 2020 1:19 PM EST

Julio Jones: Inactive for Week 5

Jones (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Jones was unable to practice all week after aggravating his hamstring injury in Monday's loss to the Packers, but the Falcons were still willing to wait until gameday to formally decide on his Week 6 status. Ultimately, Jones wasn't able to demonstrate enough progress during a pregame workout for the Falcons to sign off on him playing. With Jones sidelined, Olamide Zaccheaus should claim a regular spot in three-wideout sets alongside Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage. Zaccheaus shined while Jones was limited against the Packers and out entirely for the Week 3 loss to the Bears, hauling in 12 of 15 targets for 127 yards between the two contests.

October 11, 2020 8:31 AM EST

Julio Jones: Remains game-time decision

Jones (hamstring) will have his availability for Sunday's game against the Panthers determined during a pregame workout, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 31-year-old aggravated his hamstring injury during last Monday's loss to the Packers and was unable to practice this week, and his status for Sunday's contest remains up in the air. Jones sat out Week 3 and played only 15 snaps against Green Bay before exiting the game.

October 10, 2020 9:30 PM EST

Julio Jones: Headed for game-time decision

Jones (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup with Carolina, likely setting up a game-time decision, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Removed from Monday's loss to the Packers after aggravating his hamstring injury in the first half, Jones didn't log any time on the practice field this week. For most players, the short turnaround and lack of practice participation would essentially ensure an absence, but Jones has a lengthy track record of playing through injuries without sacrificing performance. Of course, that hasn't been the case this season, as he sat out Week 3 and caught only six passes for 56 yards between Weeks 2 and 4. A 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff Sunday will give fantasy managers a number of options if they need to adjust, with one potential choice being fellow Falcons wideout Olamide Zaccheaus, who caught 12 of 15 targets for 127 yards over the past two games while Jones was absent or limited.

October 9, 2020 12:20 PM EST

Julio Jones: Testing hamstring Friday

Coach Dan Quinn said Jones will test his hamstring with some running drills during Friday's practice, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: The 31-year-old has been a non-participant at practice this week, though Quinn did indicate he was "making progress." It remains unclear if Jones will officially receive a DNP again for Friday's session, but he could be ruled out straightaway if the strength isn't there during his running session.

October 9, 2020 8:38 AM EST

Julio Jones: Still not practicing

Jones (hamstring) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Earlier Thursday, coach Dan Quinn told Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Jones is "making progress" through his left hamstring injury, with the likelihood that the wide receiver would get in some work on the side and potentially in individual drills. Instead, Jones didn't participate at all, leaving him just one chance Friday to prove his health. Quinn even pegged Friday as a "better day" to get a sense of his potential to play Sunday against the Panthers, so his status on the last Week 5 injury report bears monitoring.

October 8, 2020 2:44 PM EST

Julio Jones: Making some progress

Coach Dan Quinn noted that Jones (hamstring) is "making progress" but will likely only do some on-the-side individual work during Thursday's practice, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: What Jones is able to Friday, and how he feels in the process, will thus be pivotal in the team's assessment of the wideout's potential availability for Sunday's 1:00 ET contest against the Panthers. If he's out or limited this weekend, added opportunities alongside Calvin Ridley will be on tap for Olamide Zaccheaus, Russell Gage and Christian Blake.

October 8, 2020 8:45 AM EST

Julio Jones: Doesn't practice Wednesday

Jones (hamstring) was held out of practice Wednesday, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Jones has tended to a hamstring injury for most of the season, which forced him to sit out Week 3 and miss the second half of the Falcons' Week 4 loss at Green Bay. His running mate at wide receiver, Calvin Ridley (thigh/knee), also sat out Wednesday, leaving Atlanta without its top two options at the position. They'll have two more chances to make their presence felt at practice this week, but Russell Gage and Olamide Zaccheaus are the next WRs up for the Falcons if Jones and/or Ridley require time away from the field.

October 7, 2020 1:17 PM EST

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