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Julio Jones

Tennessee Titans
Wide Receiver #11
Tennessee Titans
Wide Receiver #11
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Julio Jones News

Bounces back

Jones recorded six receptions on eight targets for 128 yards in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Jones bounced back in a big way from a disappointing debut with the Titans in Week 1. He tallied five receptions of 15 yards or more, highlighted by a 51-yard gain early in the second quarter. The only thing missing from his box score was a touchdown, though he just missed getting two feet down in the back of the end zone on a drive immediately prior to halftime. While Jones and A.J. Brown have yet to show they can post big performances in the same game, this was an encouraging effort for both Jones and the Titans' offense as a whole.

Sep 19, 2021 7:23 PM EST

Poor 2021 debut

Jones caught three receptions for 29 yards on six targets against Arizona on Sunday.

Analysis: The Tennessee offense fell apart against the Cardinals, and Jones arguably got the worst of it. For Jones to catch just three passes for 29 yards against the Cardinals' weak cornerback personnel was almost unthinkable, especially considering the Titans fell behind big early in the game. Jones is likely still a top talent at receiver -- he was immensely effective in 2020 -- but the Titans have some things they need to figure out as they hit the road to Seattle for Week 2. Improved pass protection would be a start after quarterback Ryan Tannehill was sacked five times by Arizona defender Chandler Jones.

Sep 12, 2021 2:48 PM EST

Healthy for season opener

Jones isn't listed on the injury report for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: On the other hand, fellow wideout A.J. Brown (knee) didn't practice, though it won't come as any surprise if he returns Thursday or Friday and ultimately suits up for Sunday's game. Both Brown and Jones missed practice time throughout the summer, as did QB Ryan Tannehill (due to a stint on the COVID list). Even with the lack of reps, Jones figures to see plenty of targets in his Titans debut, and it shouldn't take long to develop chemistry if he and Tannehill both stay healthy.

Sep 8, 2021 1:41 PM EST

Gets in more practice work

Jones (undisclosed) was seen running routes during Monday's practice, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Jones has slowly ramped up his activity within the last week, first running sprints and later getting in a limited practice. He didn't get in any work during preseason action, so he'll have to get ready for a Week 1 matchup with the Cardinals with practice reps. Given his veteran status, that shouldn't be be all that difficult, though his status will still remains worth monitoring.

Aug 31, 2021 12:13 AM EST

Suits up for limited practice

Jones (undisclosed) is in uniform for Tuesday's practice, Turron Davenport of reports.

Analysis: He presumably won't be a full participant but is at least showing clear signs of progress. One day earlier, Jones was spotted doing wind sprints in full uniform, though he didn't end up practicing. He still has nearly three weeks to get ready for the regular-season opener.

Aug 24, 2021 12:31 PM EST

Return to practice unknown

Coach Mike Vrabel said Sunday that he's uncertain whether Jones (undisclosed) will return to practice this week, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: With training camp in the rear-view mirror, Vrabel expects preparation for preseason Week 3 to more resemble what it'll look like during the season. Therefore, the emphasis will be on getting starters ready to suit up for some exhibition action, which none of Jones, Derrick Henry, A.J. Brown and Ryan Tannehill have experienced this month. Only Jones is dealing with a health concern, however, which could hinder his ability to suit up Saturday against the Bears.

Aug 22, 2021 3:33 PM EST

Held out again

Jones (undisclosed) suited up and participated in warmups, but didn't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Buccaneers, Ben Arthur of the Nashville Tennessean reports.

Analysis: The same applies to fellow WR A.J. Brown and RB Derrick Henry, while QB Ryan Tannehill was also in uniform, but didn't participate in warmups. Jones' inactivity in the game was hardly a surprise, given that he's been missing practice of late, but so far there's nothing to suggest that the veteran wideout's Week 1 availability is in any danger.

Aug 22, 2021 9:12 AM EST

Not practicing yet

Jones (undisclosed) was spotted riding a stationary bike Monday, Turron Davenport of reports.

Analysis: Though Jones still isn't practicing after having suffered an unspecified injury last week, this looks like a step in the right direction for the veteran receiver. When healthy, Jones is in line to work in tandem with A.J. Brown, giving the Titans a talented 1-2 punch atop their wideout depth chart.

Aug 9, 2021 8:16 AM EST

Still sidelined Friday

Jones (undisclosed) is not practicing Friday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Jones hasn't made an appearance on the practice field since departing Monday's session early due to an undisclosed injury. Coach Mike Vrabel has downplayed the team's level of concern about Jones' absence, but considering the veteran wideout's long history of lower-body issues, his status will warrant close monitoring. On the bright side, wideout Josh Reynolds (undisclosed) returned to practice for the Titans on Friday.

Aug 6, 2021 7:39 AM EST

Missing another practice

Jones (undisclosed) isn't practicing Wednesday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Missing back-to-back practices after an early exit from Monday's session all but confirms Jones is dealing with an injury -- a common theme for the 32-year-old wideout in recent seasons. The Titans have been cautious with his practice workload this summer, but nagging lower-body injuries may just be part of the package with Jones at this point.

Aug 4, 2021 7:42 AM EST

Misses practice

Jones isn't practicing Tuesday, Paul Kuharsky of reports.

Analysis: Given that he left Monday's practice early, Jones likely is dealing with an injury, or at least some mild pain/discomfort. Coach Mike Vrabel said he isn't worried, but the Titans nonetheless figure to be cautious with the 32-year-old wideout.

Aug 3, 2021 8:05 AM EST

Exits practice early

Jones left Monday's practice early, but coach Mike Vrabel isn't worried, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: It isn't clear if Jones was dealing with pain/discomfort or simply having his reps managed by the training staff. He was a consistent presence on injury reports his last few years in Atlanta, but it wasn't until last season that he lost a six-year streak with 14 or more games and 1,394 or more receiving yards. The 32-year-old wideout figures to handle a light workload in training camp, even if Monday's early departure turns out to be nothing.

Aug 2, 2021 9:56 AM EST

Trade to Tennessee official

Jones was traded along with a 2023 sixth-round pick from the Falcons to the Titans in exchange for a 2022 second-round pick and a 2023 fourth-round pick Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The deal was first reported by Dianna Russini of ESPN on Sunday, with the teams and Rapoport officially confirming the compensation. Jones' departure will free up 2021 cap space for the Falcons, as the Titans are expected to take on all of the receiver's $15.3 million salary. The Alabama product will add to a dynamic Tennessee offense that already features A.J. Brown and Derrick Henry.

Jun 6, 2021 10:11 AM EST

Trade to Tennessee looming

Per Dianna Russini of ESPN, the Falcons are finalizing a trade to send Jones to the Titans.

Analysis: Per Russini, the trade is expected to be completed in the next 24 to 48 hours barring any setbacks, and the Falcons are expected to receive at least a 2022 second-round pick in the deal. Jones is set to add his big-play potential to a Tennessee offense that already features weapons such as Derrick Henry and A.J. Brown. Despite playing just nine games during the 2020 season, Jones has recorded at least 80 catches and 1,300 yards in each of the last six seasons dating back to 2014. The deal will free up $15.3 million in cap space for Atlanta for the 2021 campaign.

Jun 6, 2021 8:54 AM EST

Uncertain for minicamp

Falcons coach Arthur Smith didn't say if Jones will be present for mandatory minicamp next week, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: The Falcons technically can fine Jones if he doesn't show up, but they're unlikely to actually do it when the whole world knows they're trying to trade the star wideout. With June 1 come and gone, the Falcons can free up $15.3 million in 2021 cap space if Jones is traded, though they'll also take a $15.5 million dead-cap hit in 2022. The long list of potential suitors includes Tennessee, New England, Seattle, Baltimore, Las Vegas and San Francisco.

Jun 2, 2021 8:51 AM EST

Could still be dealt?

The Falcons have received trade offers for Jones, though any deal wouldn't become official until June, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Waiting until June 1 or later would allow the Falcons to spread out the dead-cap charge between 2021 and 2022. That doesn't prevent the team from reaching a verbal agreement in the meantime, though it does seem the Falcons will need to be blown away by a trade offer before they seriously consider parting ways with arguably the best player in franchise history. Jones has three years remaining on his contract, and most reports out of Atlanta this offseason suggest he and Matt Ryan will be kept around for at least the first season under a new coaching staff.

Apr 26, 2021 8:25 AM EST

To miss fourth straight game

Jones (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Buccaneers, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: The Falcons never submitted to officially shutting down the seven-time Pro Bowler, keeping the possibility of a game appearance feasible throughout the final quarter of the regular season by never placing Jones on IR. Atlanta has long been eliminated from the postseason discussion, but Jones was adamant about returning to play at some point down the stretch, if possible. Having twice re-aggravated his hamstring injury this season upon returning to game action, Jones closed out the 2020 campaign with four straight inactive designations. He produced like an elite receiver when on the field, collecting 51 receptions, 771 receiving yards and three touchdowns over nine appearances. Injuries kept Jones from extending a streak of six consecutive Pro Bowl appearances, while he was also held under 1,390 receiving yards for the first time since 2013.

Jan 1, 2021 11:44 AM EST

Withheld from practice Thursday

Atlanta listed Jones (hamstring) as a non-participant at Thursday's practice, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: The Falcons' second injury report of Week 17 was no different from the first, as Jones was also withheld from Wednesday's practice session. Atlanta hasn't formally ruled Jones out for Sunday's season finale against the Buccaneers, but he'll almost certainly need to practice in some capacity Friday to have a shot at playing.

Dec 31, 2020 12:29 PM EST

Misses Wednesday's practice

Jones (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Interim coach Raheem Morris said earlier this week that Jones has a chance to play Week 17, but it would seem that the star wideout is trending in the wrong direction for Sunday's road game against the Buccaneers. There's little incentive to rush Jones back into action unless he's fully healthy, as the Falcons are already eliminated from playoff contention.

Dec 30, 2020 12:38 PM EST

Chance to return Week 17

Interim coach Raheem Morris said Monday that Jones (hamstring) could suit up against the Buccaneers on Sunday, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official sitereports.

Analysis: Morris said "if he's able to play, he'll play" with regards to Jones, who hasn't played since Week 13 due to a lingering hamstring injury. The veteran wideout has made his desire to play again this season clear, and he received a platelet-rich plasma injection last week. Of course, with the Falcons already eliminated from playoff contention, it's always possible that the team takes a cautious approach to Jones' health if there's any chance of exacerbating his injury.

Dec 28, 2020 12:25 PM EST

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