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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May 25th, 2011
12:09 pm

And by the way AS*CAN, we have the right as fans to argue with one another. You however barely have the right to breath much less be on our blog in our house. We may fight with each other from time to time, but we will also defend one another from idiotic bloggers like yourself. Again, like I said to you on another blog, if you don’t like it, leave and don’t come back. JERK!


May 25th, 2011
12:12 pm

Excuse me….typing to fast, should have said breathe.

Ken Strickland

May 25th, 2011
6:07 pm

While all of the focus has been on WR JJones, RB JRogers, and the need for a pass rushing DE, we seem to have forgotten that our OL situation hasn’t been resolved. Unless we get our OL situation resolved adequately, there won’t be much chance of WR JJones, RB JRogers, or any other OFF players, to accomplish very much.

The question is, how many of our 3 FA OLinemen do we resign, and which ones? The drafting of one OLineman tells me we’ll likely let at least one go. It all depends on how much OL continuity we want to maintain, and how may OLinemen we have that our coaches feel are ready to move into starting positions.

We can talk about signing a FA DE to solidify our DEF all we want, but with 3 FA OLinemen and a key backup RB, our OFF is far from being solidified.

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May 26th, 2011
7:05 am

I agree with Dr. Falcon – I would like to know how Kerry Meier is coming along. Someone said, like in Harry douglas’ case you’re never 100% the 1st year you come back and expect him to be 100% this coming year. Will that be the case with Meier? DOL, give us some news please.


May 26th, 2011
7:18 pm

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