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Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 10:24am
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Julio Jones is ready for training camp, as expected, following offseason foot surgery.
How much Jones will participate is yet to be determined, but Dimitroff feels good about his star player's progress from a March 6 procedure on his left foot.
Dimitroff went on to say the Falcons will continue to monitor Jones "for a guy who is so important" to the team. Jones did some light running during minicamp and caught passes, but he did not participate in practice. The entire time, Jones insisted he'd be ready for training camp.
Posted by Anthony Stalter
Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 6:41pm
While he didn't post the same numbers as he did in 2015, when he caught a career-high 136 passes for a career-high 1,871 yards, Julio Jones was highly productive again last season. He caught 83 passes for 1,409 yards and six touchdowns. He finished as the fantasy WR6 in 2016, despite playing in only 14 games. At 28, Jones could show some decline, but he remains the top target in an offense that will be explosive yet again in 2017. Plus, new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has already stated he wants to use Jones more in the red zone after the receiver finished with just six touchdowns a year ago.
Receivers often show some decline after they turn 28, and Jones has battled multiple injuries throughout his career. He had a procedure this offseason on his left foot and, while it was simply to fix a bunion, it nevertheless was the third career foot surgery of his career. Switching from Kyle Shanahan to Sarkisian is also somewhat concerning considering Sarkisian has never called plays in the NFL before. After torching the NFL last season, the Atlanta offense could be due for some regression this year.
2017 Bottom Line
Injuries will always be a concern when it comes to Jones, but he nevertheless remains a top-three fantasy receiver and will get his in Atlanta's high-powered offense. If you want him, you'll need to draft him in the first round (his current ADP is 1.05). Touchdowns can be hard to predict, but if Sarkisian fulfills his promise to target Jones more in the red zone, the seven-year veteran won't disappoint.
2017 Strength of Schedule - ATL
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2016 Game Stats
|Per game||5.93||100.64||0.43||9.21||16.98||0||0||0||0||0.00||12.64||18.56||50.43/65.29||77.44% |