FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White was moved to make a video after the trade to pick up Julio Jones.
General manager Thomas Dimitroff reported that quarterback Matt Ryan is absolutely ecstatic about the deal.
Now, tight end Tony Gonzalez has checked in.
“Just finished watching a highlight film of Julio Jones. If he can carry that over to the NFL….SCARY,” Gonzalez tweeted on Wednesday.
The Falcons passing attack was compressed last season.
With Jones, the Falcons plan to open up the offense with more throws down the field.
Some numbers compiled by the good folks over at Pro Football Focus illustrate that the Falcons were evolving into a “dink and dunk” offense.
A whopping 92 percent of the Falcons passes last season were thrown less than 20 yards down the field.
The Falcons are hoping the addition of Jones will help them stretch the field and give them more explosive plays in the passing and run games. The Falcons had just 44 plays of 20 yards or more, which was tied for last in the league.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog