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Julio Jones

Julio Jones

Wide Receiver #11
ADP:Round: 1, Pick: 12
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: Target monster again during finale

Jones reeled in seven of 13 targets for 78 receiving yards during Sunday's 28-22 overtime win against Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Jones saw a steady increase to his already-abundant usage rate with Calvin Ridley (abdomen) being forced to sit out Atlanta's final three regular-season outings of 2019, averaging an eye-popping 16 targets per game between Weeks 15 and 17 after managing 9.1 targets per game over his first 12 appearances. The 30-year-old wideout has been ridiculously productive since enduring an injury-plagued 2013 campaign, as he has amassed 103.8 receptions and 1,565 receiving yards per year en route to six consecutive Pro-Bowl nods between 2014 and 2019. Jones stands the top wideout within Atlanta's ultra-talented collection of skill-position players, and his target share is expected to remain that of a No. 1 receiver in 2020, especially if former Pro Bowl tight end Austin Hooper moves on to a new team as result of his contract expiring.

December 29, 2019 2:32 PM EST

Julio Jones: Good to go for Sunday

Jones (knee) will play in Sunday's game at Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Jones upgraded to full participation at Friday's practice and doesn't have a game designation on the final injury report. He's drawn 35 targets in two games since Calvin Ridley (abdomen) landed on injured reserve.

December 27, 2019 1:05 PM EST

Julio Jones: Officially limited in practice

Jones (knee) turned in a limited practice Thursday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Just as coach Dan Quinn said would be the case prior to the session, Jones' reps were capped in the Falcons' penultimate practice of the season. Per Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com, Jones was spotted wearing protective padding on his injured right knee, a new concern for the receiver after he had been tending to a shoulder issue in recent weeks. The Falcons will see what Jones is able to do during Friday's practice before ruling on his availability for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay.

December 26, 2019 1:27 PM EST

Julio Jones: Set for limited practice

Coach Dan Quinn said Jones (knee) will be a limited participant in Thursday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: The limited workout marks a step forward for Jones, whom Atlanta listed as a non-participant on its estimated practice report Wednesday. While it's worth noting that Jones' injury is different from the shoulder issue that sidelined him in the Thanksgiving Day loss to the Saints, the wideout is still expected to follow a similar practice regimen to what he's followed each of the past three weeks. If that's the case, Jones will likely gain clearance for Sunday's season finale against the Buccaneers and face no significant restrictions in the contest.

December 26, 2019 9:22 AM EST

Julio Jones: DNP on first Week 17 report

The Falcons list Jones as a non-participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report with a knee injury, Will McFadden of Atlanta's official site reports.

Analysis: Since sitting out the Falcons' Thanksgiving Day loss in Week 13 with a shoulder injury, the same issue has limited Jones' practice time over the past three weeks, but it hasn't forced any absences on game days. The star wideout is apparently contending with a new concern coming out of Sunday's win over the Jaguars, temporarily clouding his status for this weekend's season finale in Tampa Bay. The Falcons should have a better idea regarding which direction Jones is trending in based on his activity in practices Thursday and Friday.

December 25, 2019 12:28 PM EST

Julio Jones: Fastest receiver to 12,000 yards

Jones hauled in 10 of 15 targets for 166 receiving yards during Sunday's 24-12 win against the Jaguars.

Analysis: The 30-year-old Jones was elected to his sixth consecutive Pro Bowl this week, and Sunday against Jacksonville he became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 12,000 receiving yards, doing so in 125 games to obliterate Jerry Rice's mark of 142. Jones has been a fantasy playoff superstar in 2019, racking up 23 receptions for 300 yards and two scores over the past two weeks on an astronomical 35 targets. He possesses as high a ceiling as any receiver in the league entering a Week 17 matchup against Tampa Bay's bottom-five pass defense.

December 22, 2019 1:47 PM EST

Julio Jones: Good to go

Jones (shoulder) has no injury designation for Sunday's game against Jacksonville.

Analysis: The Falcons continue to limit Jones' practice reps but should give him all the work he can handle come Sunday. Following last week's 13-134-2 explosion on 20 targets against a tough 49ers defense, Jones figures to do his damage on a bit less volume against the slumping Jaguars in Week 16. He needs 250 yards over the final two weeks to hit 1,400 for a seventh consecutive season.

December 20, 2019 1:42 PM EST

Julio Jones: Remains limited at practice

Jones (shoulder) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Jones' practice reps were capped for a second straight day while he continues to manage the right shoulder injury that sidelined him for the Falcons' Thanksgiving Day loss to the Saints. The wideout has proceeded to suit up in both of the past two games, racking up 18 receptions for 200 yards and two touchdowns between the contests. If last week's practice regimen is any indication, Jones will upgrade to full activity Friday and enter Sunday's game against the Jaguars minus an injury designation.

December 19, 2019 1:24 PM EST

Julio Jones: Limited by shoulder injury

Jones (shoulder) was limited at Wednesday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Jones injured his right shoulder Week 12 against the Buccaneers and didn't suit up on a short week for a subsequent matchup with the Saints. In two games in the meantime, though, he's totaled 18 receptions (on 28 targets) for 200 yards and two touchdowns. While the issue continues to impact his practice reps, Jones doesn't seem to be in danger of missing another game, which may be confirmed upon the release of Friday's injury report.

December 18, 2019 1:22 PM EST

Julio Jones: Nabs last second game-winning TD

Jones corralled 13 of 20 targets for 134 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 29-22 win against San Francisco.

Analysis: The 30-year-old Jones put on a stellar performance against his former offensive coordinator, hauling in a Matt Ryan TD pass with two seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to edge Atlanta past Kyle Shanahan's 49ers. Jones entered Week 15 in the midst of a nine-game scoring drought, but he tallied a TD in both the second and fourth quarters, and more than quadrupled the yardage output of the Falcons' No. 2 receiver. His ceiling remains about as high as any receiver in fantasy, heading into a Week 16 matchup against a Jaguars defense that has conceded 255-plus passing yards in four straight outings.

December 15, 2019 4:58 PM EST

Julio Jones: Ready to face banged-up secondary

Jones (shoulder) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in San Francisco, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Jones returned from a one-week absence for last Sunday's 40-20 win over the Panthers, catching five of eight targets for 66 yards while playing 80 percent of offensive snaps. His Week 15 matchup isn't as bad as it looks on paper, with the 49ers missing a handful of key players on defense, including cornerbacks Richard Sherman (hamstring) and K'Waun Williams (concussion) and safety Jaquiski Tartt (ribs). There's also potential for some added target volume now that Calvin Ridley (abdomen) is out for the rest of the season.

December 13, 2019 2:37 PM EST

Julio Jones: Still limited at practice

Jones (shoulder) remained limited Thursday at practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Jones returned from a one-week absence for Sunday's 40-20 win over the Panthers, brining in five of eight targets for 66 yards. With no report of a setback, he should be fine for Sunday's difficult road matchup against the 49ers, potentially seeing some extra targets now that Calvin Ridley (abdomen) is on injured reserve.

December 12, 2019 1:11 PM EST

Julio Jones: Limited to start week

Jones was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a shoulder injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Jones is nursing a shoulder injury sustained Week 12 against the Buccaneers. Since retaking the field after sitting out Week 13's loss to the Saints, limited practice sessions have been the norm for Jones. He managed to play through the lingering issue during last Sunday's loss to the Panthers, during which he caught five of eight targets for 66 yards, and there's not yet any reason to believe that his status for Week 15's tilt in San Francisco is in any jeopardy. The veteran wideout would likely need to upgrade to full participation during the week's final two practices in order to avoid carrying an injury designation.

December 11, 2019 1:21 PM EST

Julio Jones: TD drought carries on

Jones hauled in five of eight targets for 66 receiving yards during Sunday's 40-20 win against the Panthers.

Analysis: With a solid outing against Carolina in Week 14, Jones hit the 1,000-yard receiving threshold for the sixth consecutive season. Still having three games remaining in 2019, he also finds himself on pace to exceed 1,350 receiving yards for the sixth straight year, but touchdowns continue to elude the two-time All Pro. Since scoring four times between Weeks 1 and 3 Jones has gone nine straight games without reaching the end zone. The upcoming matchup against San Francisco is prohibitive, with the 49ers ranking as a top four defense in both passing touchdowns and passing yardage allowed per game before Drew Brees and the Saints racked up 349 passing yards and six total touchdowns against them Sunday.

December 8, 2019 2:05 PM EST

Julio Jones: Cleared to face Carolina

Jones (shoulder) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Panthers, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Jones never progressed to full participation, but that's essentially been the norm for him in recent seasons. He caught six of eight targets for 91 yards when the Falcons and Panthers last met Week 11.

December 6, 2019 12:20 PM EST

Julio Jones: All set to play Week 14

Coach Dan Quinn said Jones (shoulder) will play in Sunday's game against the Panthers, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Jones was a limited practice participant Wednesday through Friday, setting the table for a return after he missed last week's loss to the Saints. It remains to be seen if the Falcons give him a game designation on their final Week 14 injury report.

December 6, 2019 9:36 AM EST

Julio Jones: Practicing Friday

Jones (shoulder) took part in Friday's practice, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Jones was unable to play on Thanksgiving, but he has practiced in some capacity each day this week, which bodes well for his chances of returning to action in Week 14.

December 6, 2019 8:40 AM EST

Julio Jones: Remains limited at practice

Jones (shoulder) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Though Jones' reps were capped for the second day in a row, he still looks to be in a better place physically than he was a week ago, when he only managed one limited showing in a walk-through session before sitting out the Falcons' Thanksgiving Day loss to the Saints. That being said, Jones will probably need to upgrade to full participation in Friday's practice to avoid carrying an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Panthers.

December 5, 2019 1:19 PM EST

Julio Jones: On practice field again Thursday

Jones (shoulder) participated in Thursday's practice, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Falcons contained Jones to one limited walk-through prior to being inactive last Thursday against the Saints. As such, his ability to take part in back-to-back sessions this time around bodes well for his game-day availability. The team will reveal his activity level Thursday upon the release of its second Week 14 injury report.

December 5, 2019 11:19 AM EST

Julio Jones: Set for limited practice

Coach Dan Quinn said Wednesday that Jones (shoulder) will be limited in practice, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Jones also logged a limited walk-through session before being ruled out for Thanksgiving Day's loss to the Saints, but it's encouraging to see him handling some reps to begin the week. Quinn expressed optimism Monday that the star wideout will be available for Week 14's tilt against the Panthers, per Jason Butt of The Athletic, so it looks as though Jones is trending toward a return to the field after a one-game absence. Still, the final word on the 30-year-old's availability will likely come down to what he's able to do during the week's next two practices.

December 4, 2019 9:42 AM EST

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