Julio Jones up for ‘Rookie of Week’ honors

110812 Atlanta - Smoke and fire surround Atlanta Falcons rookie wide receiver Julio Jones as he enters the stadium to take on the Miami Dolphins at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 12, 2011.      Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

110812 Atlanta - Smoke and fire surround Atlanta Falcons rookie wide receiver Julio Jones as he enters the stadium to take on the Miami Dolphins at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 12, 2011. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is one of the finalists for the Pepsi NFL rookie of the week honors it was announced on Tuesday.

Jones was targeted 17 times in the Falcons’ 30-28 victory of the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. He caught 11 passes for 127 yards.

Falcons fans can vote for Jones NFL.com/rookies through Friday at noon. The winner will be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and on NFL.com.

Here are the other candidates:

  • San Diego Chargers CB Marcus Gilchrist had six tackles, an interception and two passes deflected in his first career start in the Chargers’ 26-16 win over the Miami Dolphins.
  • Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green had four catches for 118 yards in the Bengals’ 23-20 victory over the Buffalo Bills.
  • Washington Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan had six tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the Redskins’ 17-10 victory over the St. Louis Rams. 
  • Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton threw for 374 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and rushed for 35 yards and two scores in the Panthers’ 34-29 loss to the Chicago Bears.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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ben marko

October 4th, 2011
4:09 pm

where are the true fans

October 4th, 2011
4:15 pm

He should get it. All he needs now are some TDs

SawThat1nce

October 4th, 2011
4:38 pm

I wonder if Jones would have caught that pass that White dropped in Tampa a couple of weeks ago, that looked like a sure TD.

Bird Dawg Country

October 4th, 2011
4:59 pm

That fake smoke is nasty to smell and breathe coming out of tunnel. time for all teams to get rid of it….so 90’s…….Good job though Julio…..AJ Green isn’t doing so bad up in Cincy either…..both look like future all-pros.
“me and julio down by the schoolyard…..”…..sorry, thought it was a Dave O’Brien blog that is mandatory to have music inserted..hehe

ijonathan

October 4th, 2011
6:54 pm

Seriously, I could pump out the information in DOL’s blog in about 15 minutes. What do you do with the rest of your day DOL? Not dig up stories? Figure out how to get out-scooped by other outlets? If you’re making more than 20-grand you are stealing, bro.

Falcon James

October 4th, 2011
8:23 pm

I like to see Julio get it, but all these rookie look good, except Newton. He had my vote until they lost the game.

Wonder why Dunta and Owen is not on here for most missed tackels and being the furthest away from where the ball was caught. Maybe they just play like Rookie.

bigdave

October 4th, 2011
8:46 pm

go get it JULIO!!

RGB

October 4th, 2011
9:08 pm

Number Eleven caught Eleven Passes.

It’s fate: Give ‘em the award!

rudy

October 4th, 2011
9:10 pm

julio is the new roddy white and then some…GO FALCONS!!!!

Wayne

October 4th, 2011
9:20 pm

Julio look real good and will only get better. lol at Falcon James, it will be interesting to see if they get toasted Sunday.

C

October 4th, 2011
9:44 pm

The Ryan to Jones connection is going to look real good in this town for many years.

Runnin With The Dawgs

October 4th, 2011
10:03 pm

If we hadn’t got Julio we would have still had Michael Jenkins and we would have had a chance for a good linebacker like Mason Foster. Oh well! We got Julio and The Bucs got Foster. I’m happy! I’d be happier if we would get Harry Douglas involved a little more and Roddy would quit dropping the ball and our O line would start getting some push against the opponents D line to spring Turner loose every now and then.

fan

October 4th, 2011
10:31 pm

Julio looks like a young TO, with better hands and does not have the mouth. Will be a great receiver before he is done. Falcons gave up draft choices, but he is worth it.

Chandler Going Deep..

October 4th, 2011
10:33 pm

Melt aint got many years with this O-line…lol

Gave up way too much for JJ!

Imagine (Golden Arm) Stafford or (MJ) Cam hooking up with Julio?? Dream on CGD..

take it from me

October 4th, 2011
10:39 pm

get ready to be bombed sunday night,the packers are coming to town.i never will forget that smirk on Rogers face the whole game when he demolished the falcons in the playoffs.sure would like to put him in his place.goooooooo Falcons

antman

October 4th, 2011
10:52 pm

I just don’t know what to say bout that 57 million$ look like a rookie Dunta Robinson, or the coach that still have him on the field. Boy Rogers is gona have a field day. 46 to 9 Green Bay.

Chandler Going Deep..

October 4th, 2011
11:00 pm

Arron is going to shred that secondary like I did tonight on a slice of Raspberry Cheese Cake at Sal Grosso: Authentic Genuine Brazilian cuisine!!!! Yummy! Thats what Arron is thinking after he makes his reads at the line of scrimmage..lol

Runnin With The Dawgs

October 4th, 2011
11:02 pm

We need the crowd to get really really loud Sunday night especially when Rogers comes up to the line to take the snap. I’ll be there and I’ll be so hoarse Monday I can’t talk. The Birds are very unpredictable right now, but I’ve got a good feeling about this one.

take it from me

October 4th, 2011
11:06 pm

JJ looks great,but so does a can of V8 after a drunk! lets let him get a few more games under his belt before we put him on a statue.

Falcon James

October 4th, 2011
11:21 pm

I remember last year everybody was talking about Dunta stats and the reason why he was not getting picks was that the balls were being thrown away from him. This helped Grimes to the pro bowl. This year is different, almost every pass is going over to Dunta and the only stat he is leading the league in is least passes defended and most yards given up after the catch. He is the least likely CB to make the pro bowl. I guess anything worth doing is worth doing right! If you are going to be the worst CB in the league, be sure you are the best at the being the worst. It won’t earn you more money, but it will get you noticed.

Jamaaliver

October 5th, 2011
9:46 am

Problem with Dunta here is the same problem with Nnamdi Asomughua in Philly. Corner’s that have made a name for themselves playing largely man covergae, no stuck in a zone scheme that doesn’t fit their skillset.

Dunta excelled at CB in college and in Houston. It’s not like he forgot to play corner one day. It’s a bad fit scheme wise. One the BVG and Dimitroff should have recognized ahead of time.

Jamaaliver

October 5th, 2011
10:35 am

Had Julio scored a TD this past Sunday, I’d think he would be a shoe-in.

Otherwise, I think you gotta go with the Defensive Guys. You expect a top WR to get 100+ yards receiving. But a sack and a Forced Fumble in the same game is noteworthy…especially for a Rookie!

Hardy Falcon

October 5th, 2011
11:29 am

JJ is doing ok for a rookie,BUT we need to fix the rest of the offense, THIS IS A TEAM SPORT not Golf, and bring in a NEW DEFENSE, except for ABRHAM AND BIERMAN , we cannot defend any team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BatmanStevens

October 5th, 2011
12:07 pm

At this point in time, regardless of what ANYBODY believes, rookie JULIO JONES IS THE FALCONS #1 RECEIVER IN TERMS OF SKILLS, HEART AND DESIRE. Roddy White stinks and continues to DROP PASSES as he did when he was a rookie years ago. Had it not been for Julio Jones, the Falcons would have lost to the Seahawks last week. Julio Jones is the most talented receiver to come into the NFL since the great Larry Fitzgerald.

Just Looking

October 5th, 2011
12:11 pm

The falcons are forcing the ball to Julio plan and simple. People need to realize this. They are trying to prove their move up for him was legitimate.

Just Looking

October 5th, 2011
12:12 pm

Jamaal,

Dunta did not excel as a CB in Houston. He best season was his rookie season.

Just Looking

October 5th, 2011
12:20 pm

Batman,

Your right. JJ is the Falcons #1 WR. This GM is going to make sure JJ get many targets to make sure his move up to get him was legitimate. Hence, Roddy dropping balls now. This might be the downfall of the team.

BatmanStevens

October 5th, 2011
1:47 pm

Roddy White is a great talent and last year was the leagues leading receiver in catches and yards. It was a tremendous accomplishment but the Falcons didnt win the superbowl so it was essentially for nothing. OK. This season, standout rookie Julio Jones so far has proven that he has far superior skills than white, has more catches than white and has elevated himself into the #1 receiver slot. Julio, in my opinion, is as good as Jerry Rice or Larry Fitzgerald. I think that Julio with his skills sets has the potential to be a hall of fame receiver. WHITE CAN STILL MAKE THE HALL OF FAME HIMSELF IF HE HAS ABOUT SEVEN (7) MORE 1000 YARD SEASONS. The tandem of White and Jones will prove to be lethal, AS SOON AS WHITE WASHES THE BUTTER OFF HIS HANDS AND STOPS DROPPING PASES. MAYBE WHITE SHOULD USE STICK-EM, GLOVES OR SOMETHING TO SECURE THE CATCHES, BECAUSE WHITE HAS LOOKED INCREDIBLY FOOLISH OUT THERE IN HIS FIRST FOUR GAMES THIS SEASON.

SirReal

October 5th, 2011
2:24 pm

Ok, so this is my take. I keep telling people this is a 9-7, 10-6 team. Why?
Coaching: Smitty I like you but you coach scared and nervous. In Tampa, you chose to kick a fg instead on trusting your offense to make a play. We gave them the ball back, jumped offsides, game was over. Those nervous vibes resonate with your team and they play like you coach. Nervous. Both of your coordinators just dont get it. One cant mix up his play calling to save his life and the other is a boy among men in terms of how he draws up these soft cookie zones and college schemes. This isnt UGA or GA Southern.

QB: I dont know if its play calling or what but Ryan isnt elite. Period. He’s good but not top tier by any means and probably never will be. face it guys….stop playing yourself. He’s our Romo.
RB: I thought you hit the holes hard and fast not slow and hesitant? Where are the screens to the quickster Rogers?
WR: Jones is gonna be a good one! :) White is showing flashes of the roddy we knew and loathed during the Mora regime. Also, please put and ABP out on number 83.
D-Line: You guys miss Babs THAT much? No sacks lately…Ray Edwards I hardly knew ye.
Secondary: Guess its good the Packers are coming to town b/c they know how to handle swiss cheese.
9-7, 10-6. Dont believe the hype. Atlanta has regressed and will not make the playoffs. Its good though bc we may finally be rid of Mularkey and Van Gorder. D Led mentioned you dont fire guys who helped go 35-17 or whatever but come on….everyone knwos many of those wins were hollow and this team cant yes CANT dominate anyone. My two cents.

BirdDawg24

October 5th, 2011
2:44 pm

sir real is absolutly right. the falconsat best are 9 – 7 team . that probably wont get them in the play-offs , i figure they are like the braves its better they dont make the play-offs, it s just dissapointment waiting to happen..

bird

October 5th, 2011
3:09 pm

ijonathan why you worrying about what that man does the rest of the day? That’s none of your business.

Stress Management

October 5th, 2011
3:29 pm

The Packers are coming.
The Packers are coming.

take it from me

October 5th, 2011
3:50 pm

Roddy White may be jelious of JJ,that maybe why hes having a lousy year so far,you think? Falcons need to fix thier defence,and play calling, if they run that soft zone vs packers,they will get run out of the dome,how about some bliz’es and man coverages for a change,be worth a try ,can’t hurt!

william in pasadena

October 5th, 2011
3:57 pm

Sir Real, I agree with you. What is it with my Atl teams. Usually slightly above average teams that management and the media sell to the fans as super, win-it-all teams. Even worse, the fans buy it every year, then get angry when the teams fail. The Falcons aren’t going anywhere with that defense. And, does the offensive coordinator know what a screen or draw play is? How about some creativity? If Seattle scored 29, how many will Green Bay score? Scary! But, just like the rest, I keep hoping.

JuniorBridgeman

October 5th, 2011
4:16 pm

The ONLY mistake that the Falcons made during the offseason was to get rid of Jerious Norwood. The Falcons should now be sitting at 4-0 instead of 2-2 because they SHOULD be better than the Bears and Tampa and they lost to those two teams. OK. Getting back to Norwood, for anybody who keeps stats, Norwood, since he came into the league, has maintained an incredible 5.0 plus yardarge per carry. Although Norwood has been injured for 2/3 of his career, every time he touched the football he ran for over 5 yards. the only other player to do that was the “Great” Barry Sanders. If I were the Falcons management, I dont see how they could release a player whose rushing average has allways been over 5.0. To me that makes no sense. THAT IS THE ONLY MISTAKE THAT THE FALCONS MADE THIS OFFSEASON. Everything else they did points them to winning the superbowl this year. Stay tuned.

Whiskey Breath

October 5th, 2011
4:18 pm

Funny thing about Julio is, I didn’t think No team could bring him down.
I see now that the Falcon’s have the potential.
How they almost blew the Seattle game is a damn shame.

Just Looking

October 5th, 2011
4:34 pm

Junior…

ok….

Bird Dawg Country

October 5th, 2011
4:48 pm

Can’t wait for the Falcons to beat up Scam the way they knocked some bum philly qb out of town.