Julio Jones takes part in his first workout with the Falcons

Falcons top draft pick, Julio Jones, worked out with the team today. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Falcons top draft pick, Julio Jones, worked out with the team today. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Julio Jones, the Falcons’ first round draft pick, took part in his first practice with members of team on Tuesday.

Jones was cleared to run by Dr. Robert Anderson, a foot specialist in Charlotte, last Tuesday. Jones just jogged through a couple of routes and appeared fine during the seven-on-seven drills.

He spent most of his time listening to the play call and then getting the details of the play from quarterback Matt Ryan or John Parker Wilson.

“They just told me to take it very slow,” Jones said.  ”That’s what I’m going to do. I’m not coming out here to run full speed today. I’m going to jog a couple of routes and catch a couple of balls.”

He completed the workout at the NFL scouting combine in February with a stress fracture in his left foot. He had surgery in March.

The Falcons made a big trade to move up 21 spots in the first round to select Jones. They gave up five picks and received one from the Cleveland Browns in the mega-deal.

The team is expecting Jones to help provide some explosive plays on offense. After being drafted, he received a playbook and has been studying.

“The other day, Matt Ryan and John Parker Wilson, they looked over the book with me and told me what I needed to study as far as formations and what we use a lot,” Jones said. “That’s what I’ve been doing. That’s the stuff that I’ve been mainly focusing on.”

Mike Mularkey, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached with Alabama coach Nick Saban in Miami. Jones recognizes some of the plays in the Falcons’ playbook.

“It’s just that the terminology is different,” Jones said. “I just have to catch on to the different terminology.”

During the hour long workout, Jones had to make sure he didn’t try to go too hard while testing out his ankle.

“It’s very hard being an athlete and trying to dial it down like that, but I’m not in a race,” Jones said. “These guys know my foot was hurt. They need me for the season. I’m just going to try to work my way back up now.”

Before taking the field, Jones went around and introduced himself to the players.

“I wanted to come out here and shake these guys’ hands and put a face with a name,” Jones said. “These guys have been great to me and we want to continue that.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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56 comments Add your comment

John Galt

May 24th, 2011
2:22 pm

Let me be the first to welcome Julio..

security dawg

May 24th, 2011
2:23 pm

security dawg

May 24th, 2011
2:29 pm

dawg gone it Julio you made me late//but feels great to have a character type player come in and shake hand and not make waves with all the anticts that NFL rookies are known for//as a life long resident and a GRADY baby a true ATLien//feels good to know that we now are getting players that want to come in and make our great team even better//can’t wait til season starts and our family tail gates start back up///See ya in Super Bowl XXXIII

security dawg

May 24th, 2011
2:32 pm

ha ha ha…bad joke sorry Fulton County Stadium fans/ that will be the Super Bowl XLVI that we will be celebrating next year

Dr. Warren

May 24th, 2011
2:45 pm

Let’s keep this guy healthy and let him do his thing. I hate the thought of wasting a year of his career because of a stupid lockout.

Dr. Warren

May 24th, 2011
2:47 pm

Reconnecting with you DOL, from Shanghai. Here’s looking forward to another fine season of reporting from you.

hammerhead

May 24th, 2011
2:47 pm

That Buford practice field looks nice.

JB

May 24th, 2011
2:49 pm

I hope his agent bought him some Insurance !!!!!!!!!

JB

May 24th, 2011
2:50 pm

50-60% of the NFL players can’t miss a pay check…..They live large….and have large bills.

Bobby Jones

May 24th, 2011
2:57 pm

hammerhead, don’t you mean that FLOWERY BRANCH practice field looks nice?

Bobby Jones

May 24th, 2011
2:59 pm

oops, wish there was a delete button..

Barry

May 24th, 2011
2:59 pm

Hey Y’all:

Now is that a “ONE HEARTBEAT!!” man or not. Went around and shook all the players hands to put a face with a name into the “ONE HEARTBEAT!!” group. They all will be moving soon in “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!” I love these FALCONS!!!

NOW, ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!!!???? I AM READY IN “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!”

LETS GO FALCONS!!! CAN YOU HEAR IT “”" THUMP!!! IT’s GETTING LOUDER !! THUMP ! THUMP!!! THUMP!!!!!!!!……………………

THE PROCESS CONTINUES. IT CONTINUES IN “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!!”"”

I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE SEASON TO START!!!!!!!!!!

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This is a SECRET from a FALCON FAN. TELL EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!

…………………………………………”ONE HEARTBEAT, BABY!!!!…………………….

seattle falcons fan

May 24th, 2011
3:05 pm

Enter your comments here

seattle falcons fan

May 24th, 2011
3:07 pm

Any word on when Quizz will join the team. I think he could have a huge impact on the running game this year.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 24th, 2011
3:15 pm

Nothing on Quizz

bsg3003

May 24th, 2011
3:24 pm

maybe quizz is pulling a reggie bush on us… or maybe it’s hard to get in contact with a team that is located all the way on the other side of the nation. who knows

Chi Town

May 24th, 2011
3:31 pm

Julio is a class act. Good kid.

Goodbye to Rosie

May 24th, 2011
3:46 pm

Seein’ me and Julio down by the schoolyard!!

The Dogkiller Returns

May 24th, 2011
3:52 pm

He better catch more than “a couple of balls.”

Poppa Falcon

May 24th, 2011
4:13 pm

Major firepower on offense now. The pundits say that Julio had best be the 2nd coming of Jerry Rice; yet I say bs to that. Having him makes our ENTIRE offense DANGEROUS. I expect the same aggression from Dimitroff when free agency opens up so we can add a playmaker or two on defense.

hammerhead

May 24th, 2011
4:13 pm

Nah “Bobby Jones” that’s Buford’s practice field… Your second comment regarding a delete button tells me you probably realized that after you posted. Buford’s facilities are about as good as the Falcons complex in FB.

Waffle House

May 24th, 2011
4:13 pm

J.Jones, hope you have a long pro-bowl and hof career!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 24th, 2011
4:22 pm

Julio is a very serious and mature kid. He was soaking up every word Ryan and JPW had to say. Also, the first person he went to shake hands with was Michael Jenkins.

The Dogkiller Returns

May 24th, 2011
4:41 pm

Classy guy: he made time to say goodbye to Jenkins.

nyamouth

May 24th, 2011
4:53 pm

hahahaha….we can keep jenkins….have they gotten rid of norwood and finnerman yet?

Cornerback Smurf

May 24th, 2011
5:04 pm

BSG – Quizz is from Texas…only halfway across the nation and 2hr 20min flight from Atlanta. He needs to be with the team just like Julio.

DLed – please try to get us a scoop on Jacquizz.

Thank you sir and keep up the good work!

Arod

May 24th, 2011
5:42 pm

So, the Falcons are going across the street (Alabama) to get the talent they have so desperately needed at the receiver postion. Roddy (UAB) Julio (ROLL TIDE). I am a Bama Boy, almost about to convert me to a DIRTY BIRD!!! RISE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Remarkable

May 24th, 2011
5:44 pm

I’m looking forward to rooting for another Jones (Chipper) for a long time. I hope Julio has as good and as long a career as Chipper has. Lets go to the Super Bowl guys.

Remarkable

May 24th, 2011
5:45 pm

D Led, who are the Falcons looking at in free agency? Inquiring minds want to know.

Arod

May 24th, 2011
5:46 pm

NOT SO FAST MY FLAT FOOT FRIEND, I LIKE THEM THERE COWBOYS!!!!!!!!!!!

Arod

May 24th, 2011
5:48 pm

OFFENSE SELL TICKETS, DEFENSE WIN GAMES. STILL NEED TO WORK ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BALL

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 24th, 2011
5:53 pm

Remarkable — Ray Edwards/Charles Johnson. Some of their own guys.

The Dogkiller Returns

May 24th, 2011
6:21 pm

Wait, Grimes aka Mighty Mouse is still on the roster???

waynester

May 24th, 2011
8:27 pm

Charles Johnson is a damgood Dawg and has really come into his own as a force at DE. I’d much rather have him than Edwards…..

Ken Strickland

May 24th, 2011
10:37 pm

ORLANDO LEDBETTER-Considering how the Falcons were willing to make such a big splash and financial committment to improve the OFF, do you think they would be any less aggressive in signing a FA DE to resolve our pass rushing problems?

Singletary

May 24th, 2011
10:58 pm

Good point, Ken. Not sure what DEs are out there looking for a new home, but AB’s got his best man on it.

Bama Fan#2

May 24th, 2011
11:11 pm

Julio Jones will make the Falcons offense SCARY GOOD!!!!

DR. FALCON

May 25th, 2011
1:09 am

WE KNOW WHAT JULIO JONES IS! I WANT THE PROGRESS REPORT ON KERRY MEIER, WHO LIT UP CAMP BEFORE GETTING HURT. ALSO, WHAT IS THE STATUS ON CURTIS LOFTON’S KNEES?

DC Dirty Bird

May 25th, 2011
8:35 am

We likely won’t hear or see Quizz around the Falcons facility until he can come in and sign a deal and get paid. Julio has an endorsement contract with Under Armor that he signed right after he declared for the draft. He has the money to come hang out in the A for workouts. Also, he has more to gain from being around the team. His contract will be negotiated (unless the new CBA creates slots) as Quizz contract will be slotted with only incentives negotiated.

IceFan

May 25th, 2011
9:21 am

Wow Julio just keeps looking like more of a class act every time we hear something about him. Here’s hoping his mentality and work ethic remain and that they translate to awesome production on the field.

And by the way, can we please refer to Jaquizz as “Queezy” from here on out? Tell me you don’t love calling him Queezy…

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D man

May 25th, 2011
9:29 am

I’m just hoping the Falcons are committed to aquiring a couple of defensive players. We scored plenty of points last year and need to improve on Defense. I am excited about Juuuuuuuuulllllliiiiiiiiiooooooooooooooooooooo.

Wayne

May 25th, 2011
10:08 am

I would just like to say that as the #1 Bama fan out there, it is good to hear you guys already starting to see just a little bit of the Julio that we in Bama have loved for a long time. Right after the draft some of you guys were giving the ATL management hell about the move but you will see that he is more than a receiver when he’s on the field and he’s not with all that ochocinco T.O. diva crap….by the way i’m a Falcons fan too

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 25th, 2011
10:28 am

Ken Strickland — I’m projecting that the DE has to come from free agency. Ray Edwards/Charles Johnson DEs to help rush passer.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 25th, 2011
10:29 am

Ken Strickland — I’m projecting that the DE has to come from free agency. Ray Edwards/Charles Johnson DEs to help rush passer.

Jwray13

May 25th, 2011
10:59 am

Glad to see Julio getting all this love. The guy is the absolute real deal, the most complete player I’ve seen in a long time. You just DO NOT see guys these days (especially young guys) with the amount of skill that he possesses, that are completely self-less and willing to put the betterment of the team ahead of personal issues. He will make the entire offense better. Not many rookies can have the type of impact that Julio does. He will make Matt Ryan better by adding another threat that the defense has to account for. He will make Roddy White better by taking away the double team b/c if they double Roddy, Julio is gonna beat you. He’ll make Michael Turner better because he doesn’t take plays off when he isn’t getting the ball, he will immediately be recognized as one of the best blocking receivers in the league. That kind of work ethic is contagious, he will make the Falcon offensive unit better just by competing. All of this being said, Julio has still not reached his ceiling. This will be the first offense that he’s played on that has a top notch quarterback that can fully utilize his skill set. It’s scary to think how good this Falcons team could be on offense.

On to Julio Jones the person…It’s almost like he is 2 different people. The off the field Julio Jones is humble, kind, and generous, the kind of guy that your kids can look up to. The on the field Julio Jones is an animal between the whistles. That same quiet kid at the interview table is jawing at the opposing defensive backs and will annihilate anyone who gets in his way. The most unbelievable thing is, that with all that fire and passion that he plays with, I cannot remember him getting even one unsporsman-like penalty. He is always in control, the epitome of a “gamer.” I have no doubt that he will succeed on the football field and in life, I just don’t know if all of you Falcons fans realize what an ambassador (for the Falcons organization) you got off the field when he was drafted. It will only take 1 season to forget all that was given up to get him, hell, you got a bargain. Regardless of his numbers, he will produce in ways that aren’t kept up with in the stat book. You will never hear about him in the papers in a negative light (unless you read the opposing teams home newspapers). Again, they broke the mold when he was born.

And to those Falcon fans who are upset that the Atlanta brass didn’t address defensive issues…Julio can line up at safety too. He was the 3rd team safety last year at Alabama (though, thankfully he was never needed). It’ll never happen because of how much the Falcons have tied up in him (it wouldn’t be worth the risk) but if asked, Julio would gladly play both ways. That is just how bad the guy wants to be on the field. In all seriousness, hopefully defensive issues will be taken up in free agency (assuming that there will be a season).

I know that this comment comes off like the writings of some Julio Jones fanboy, and people may take it sarcastically and start making Chuck Norris type jokes about Julio, but I mean every word of it. I’ve watched him for 4 years now (including his H.S. senior year) and the kid is as good as they come….on and off the field. I’m so happy that Atlanta picked him up, being so close to Alabama, the Falcons inherited up 4 million more fans (if they weren’t Falcon fans already) by drafting him. I know I’ll be watching every game. Go Falcons!

Falcon57

May 25th, 2011
11:19 am

Well I say let JJ ease into things on the practice front. As happy as I am with our coaching staff and GM, lets face it, we have had the injury bug hit us with our new guys the last couple of years. Peria Jerry, Sean Weatherspoon, Kerry Meier, William Moore and to a lesser degree, Sam Baker have all missed time/season with injuries. Just think what we can do with all of these guy healthy for an entire year!!

mel

May 25th, 2011
11:23 am

Olando, Thanks for the update. I have been reading a lot of the blogs lately though and it seems that a lot of people want the falcons to upgrade the secondary, by going after the Raiders star conner. To tell you the truth I kinda feel the same way. I feel like the defense we have has what it takes to get it down. I feel like if we went out and got him we would have one of the best secondaries in the league allowing us to blitz more alsmost like the Packers do. They have the conners capable of giving their defense players enough time to get to the QB and also run blitz aswell. I would start him over Grimes and when we go to Nichole D use him in the slot and Grimes on the outside because Contrary to popular belief i think he would do better on the inside slot guy better than Grimes but thats just me almost like the Packers when they move Woodson to cover the slot and blitz at times. I Think that would benifit our D more than signing a so so defensive end. Plus we if people have been paying attention the Saints, and Tampa, and Panthers are getting better and the schedule we have is killer and i mean killer, so I feel like he would free up more people to become a more exotic defensive team…

Tell me what you think

ASHCAN.

May 25th, 2011
11:38 am

@BARRY,you still have that same old one heart beat slogan? How could it be one heart beat when these atlanta fans are so divided? all They do is fuss fight and argue on every blog when they suppose to be supporting the same team(Falcons).Were is the one heart beat as you call it in that? Oh,your talking about the team? well the fans are suppose to be a reflection of there team which could mean thats why these falcons are so SOMETIMES.I have never seen fans who root for the same team be at each others throat but think they have the answer to a cure for cancer.Maybe if these fans become united foreal things will change.Who knows,the falcons haven’t won anything thus far.

eM

May 25th, 2011
12:05 pm

ASHCAN.

May 25th, 2011
11:38 am
@BARRY,you still have that same old one heart beat slogan? How could it be one heart beat when these atlanta fans are so divided? all They do is fuss fight and argue on every blog when they suppose to be supporting the same team(Falcons).Were is the one heart beat as you call it in that? Oh,your talking about the team? well the fans are suppose to be a reflection of there team which could mean thats why these falcons are so SOMETIMES.I have never seen fans who root for the same team be at each others throat but think they have the answer to a cure for cancer.Maybe if these fans become united foreal things will change.Who knows,the falcons haven’t won anything thus far.

And you still haven’t quite got control of the “hooked on phonics” thing have you? You are a sad little man.