Bengals vs. Falcons: A.J. Green vs. Julio Jones

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

FLOWERY BRANCH – It’s just the exhibition season, but the NFL’s version of Green vs. Jones I is set for 8 p.m. Thursday night at the Georgia Dome. 

The Falcons and the Bengals didn’t play last season, when the two highly touted receivers — A.J. Green and Julio Jones — were rookies.  Because of their SEC roots at Georgia and Alabama and high draft status, the two will be intertwined throughout their NFL careers.

Former Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green with his agents Tom Condon (L) and Ben Dogra (R).   (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Former Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green with his agents Tom Condon (L) and Ben Dogra (R). (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

After getting routed by Green Bay in the playoffs, the Falcons determined before the 2011 draft that they were going to get more explosive on offense.

During the humbling second half against the Packers, the franchise realized that despite being the NFC’s No. 1 seed, they’d gotten in a shootout with the Packers and didn’t have enough bullets.

They sent a large contingent of personnel men to Georgia’s Pro Day to see Green and they heavily scouted Jones, who dazzled at the scouting combine while running with a stress fracture in his foot.

(Aside: Jeff Schultz is expecting big things from Jones this season).

In the end, the price was too steep to move up to the fourth spot for Green. But the Falcons pulled the trigger by trading five picks to the Cleveland Browns to move up 21 spots to select Jones with the sixth overall pick.

Green and Jones are both expected to play well into the second quarter. Here’s a link to one of the diaries I did with Green leading up to the draft.  

Here’s another diary post from Green’s Pro Day.

“We feel very good about what Julio has added to our offensive football team,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “He’s a guy that’s just going to continue to get better. It was a great start last week, and again we just want to reiterate that was just a start.”

Green and Jones both helped their teams reach the playoffs last season and were named to Pro Football Weekly’s all-rookie team, as voted on by Pro Football Weekly and the Professional Writers of America.

Green caught 65 passes for 1,057 yards and had seven touchdown receptions.

Jones hauled down 54 passes for 959 yards and eight touchdowns.

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96 comments Add your comment

Gritz Blitz

August 15th, 2012
1:41 pm

Julio is the man. Rise up! Go Falcons!

Dr J

August 15th, 2012
1:51 pm

Had Julio played the entire season, he would have blown Green’s stats out of the water. Jones missed like 3-4 games and still caught 54 passes for 959 yards and 8 touchdowns. Imagine if he played the whole season. Julio is better than Green.

Gdawg

August 15th, 2012
1:52 pm

Wanted Green glad we got Jones.

KCG

August 15th, 2012
2:00 pm

I remember after the draft that people were saying that Julio was no where close to being as good as Green. After watching both of there first Pro seasons I would say that the Falcons got the best receiver in that draft.

Michael M.

August 15th, 2012
2:01 pm

TD gambled and Julio is the gift that keeps on giving……………….huge numbers coming from this young receiver this year…….

Dr J

August 15th, 2012
2:06 pm

Julio is JUST NOW beginning his 2nd season in the league. This guy is gonna be scary good and is going to put a lot of fear into opposing secondaries for years and years to come with Matt Ryan. If Julio stays healthy, and plays like himself, he’ll be one of the all times greats.

Michael M.

August 15th, 2012
2:08 pm

Didn’t they have two covering him in the endzone when he caught that touchdown last week for a touch………….I never saw the game…….

Mo

August 15th, 2012
2:23 pm

Yes. Ryan threw the ball behind Ed Reed. Julio reached around and caught it while Ed was trying to shove him out of bounds.

Mo

August 15th, 2012
2:26 pm

Emphasis on trying. Ed never turned his head to play the ball. If the pass wasn’t caught, it should have been pass interference.

ignition

August 15th, 2012
2:27 pm

Julio is a physical freak of nature..
Da Birds !!!!!!

JSS

August 15th, 2012
2:28 pm

I ain’t getting into those stupid college rivalries and the homer aspects of this blog… Green as Rice put it is the real deal amongst the receivers picked last year… He was a better route runner, had a knack for going up and “attacking” the ball… Moreover, he stayed on the field and did not have a prime receiver across from to attract any attention… All of that in what is considered to be the most defensively dynamic division in pro football…

The complaint about Jones has always been price, not talent… Still not crazy about his durability, but we’ll see… Nothing in Jeff Fish’s history says his staff can keep Julio or any core player truly healthy and at maximum effieciency…

SirReal

August 15th, 2012
2:29 pm

Both in my opinion are rare talents. I think both fit what each of their teams needed. Green is as athletic as it gets and Mr. Jones (b/c thats what defenses will be calling this GROWN MAN amongst boys.lol) is the same in his own right. Green may be a little more of a finesse WR than Jones. Not to take away from him. The guy is lights out…..however Mr.Jones causes all the bulbs in the city to blow out! :) Give Mr. Jones the full season Green had last year and it’s no comparison which WR was the best. I didnt expect us to get Mr. Jones last year but I’m glad we did. What’s happened to those picks we gave Cleveland anyway? From what I saw, we did the right thing.

SirReal

August 15th, 2012
2:31 pm

Whats up JSS….is the glass ever half full sir?LOL ;)

SirReal

August 15th, 2012
2:31 pm

Whats up JSS….is the glass ever half full sir?LOL ;)

BengalManiac77

August 15th, 2012
2:32 pm

I’d have to argue with you guys about who is the better receiver. Jones is a great receiver who had a veteran qb throwing him the ball. Were as Green had a rookie qb throwing to him. I believe it will take several years to find out who is better. If they both can stay healthy it will be fun to watch. CHEERS!

JSS

August 15th, 2012
2:37 pm

Michael M…
No, It was corner coverage, he missed the jam. Ed Reed came over when he saw the SS #31 blitz from the deep edge and Jones breaking to the sideline…

JSS

August 15th, 2012
2:40 pm

Glass is always full at some point, its whether afford the second drink? Just so you know…

For Michael M
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIuqvwXx0Tc

JSS

August 15th, 2012
2:46 pm

Mo…
#29 is Cary Williams, not #20 Ed Reed…

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D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 15th, 2012
2:57 pm

SirReal – Nice take on the trade. I do need to do an update on the Cleveland picks. I know two were Greg Hill and the fullback. I’ll dig that up on a slow day.

BIG CHUCK

August 15th, 2012
2:59 pm

It’s really simple Green is a #1 wr. He draws the def #1 corner plus safety overtop. He stills produces, Jones is a #2 wr so he wasn’t drawing the coverage that Green was. Green is a better route runner and a better wr. Jones drops the ball too much.

Samuel

August 15th, 2012
3:04 pm

I think the Falcons have the better all around receiver with size,speed and physicality. But Roddy White and Harry Douglas will get alot of catches, when teams realize they’ll have to double team Julio Jones.

SirReal

August 15th, 2012
3:08 pm

Thanks D Led. I honestly just don’t know beyond Little if they really drafted any impact players. Yeah, let me know about that please sir.

Big chuck…….seriously?

BengalManiac77

August 15th, 2012
3:15 pm

Whats wrong with what Big Chuck posted. He has a good point.

This Gets Old

August 15th, 2012
3:20 pm

@JSS Jerry Rice actually said Julio is the real deal and will have a breakthrough season.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82a7fddd/article/jerry-rice-julio-jones-will-be-2012-breakout-receiver

@Dled Brother it wasn’t even five picks for one. Now you’ve got it at SIX?

JSS

August 15th, 2012
3:22 pm

He said “Julio should have a breakout season…”

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cw1545

August 15th, 2012
3:30 pm

Just look at the dude body, he’s the size of a TE with the speed of fast receiver. He’s got as much talent as any receiver in the league now!

JSS

August 15th, 2012
3:34 pm

Size of what NFL tight end?

SirReal

August 15th, 2012
4:27 pm

@Bengalmaniac77 I simply dont agree. We have two #1s actually. Jones is NOT a number #2 (i.e. The Wayne-Harrison tandem).LOL I agree that Green didnt have a good compliment on the other side but its not about that for this blog. I also didnt see Mr. Jones drop that many passes and saw him make some amazing catches with more than one defender on him as well. ALL WR dropped passes. Ask Wes Welker. As far as route running….thats pretty amibiguous wouldnt you say?

hiramsaint

August 15th, 2012
4:44 pm

wll it be a cage match ?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 15th, 2012
5:10 pm

This Gets Old — Seemed like six.

True Falcon Fan

August 15th, 2012
5:11 pm

Run “COWARD” run

True Falcon Fan

August 15th, 2012
5:12 pm

Dled — Now why did you do that??? I wanted to talk to “THE ZERO”

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abby normal

August 15th, 2012
7:13 pm

Julio Jones will have a much better season than Green for two reasons: 1) Matt Ryan is a better QB than Andy Dalton and 2) Jones is simply physically better than Green.

Michael M.

August 15th, 2012
7:39 pm

Green caught 65 passes for 1,057 yards and had seven touchdown receptions.
Jones hauled down 54 passes for 959 yards and eight touchdowns.

yawning here……….add both player’s last season’s yards together,subtract 650 from it
……….add both’s touchdown catches together,subtract 3 from it

Julio Jones 2012 season………….1,366 yards and 12 touchdowns

anyone think he can pull off those kind of stats this year besides me if he stays healthy to play the games ?

WoYeah

August 15th, 2012
7:44 pm

Football debates around one player “versus” another, at the same position, never make sense.

Here’s why.
1. They do not square off against one another.
2. Their individual success is determined by other factors. For example:
a. Who is their QB?
b. What type of offense do they run?
c. How often are they targeted?

Both Julio and AJ are immense talents that any of the 32 teams would love to have.

I plan to enjoy watching both their careers take off.

Ray H

August 15th, 2012
7:55 pm

that dude MO who said it was ed reed he caught on is wrong, it was the CB, not sure the name, but ed reed ran over after the catch was made

JSS

August 15th, 2012
7:56 pm

True Stalker is back, and he’s under medicated again… “Run?” Don’t make me laugh silly bot, the “1/2 a trick pony has spoken.” And said nothing…

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JSS

August 15th, 2012
8:34 pm

7 of Julio’s 8 TDs came against the following teams: Carolina – 2, Indianapolis – 2, Tampa – 2, and Jacksonville – 1…

NFL Wide reciver Analist.

August 15th, 2012
8:41 pm

aj green vrs julio jones.. if i want yards after the catch im going julio jones if i want consistant hands and the better catches in double coverage im going aj green. there is 5lb difference in weight there both 6′4 and they bench the same and play all out. so physicallity there around the same, its like compairing michael jordan to lebron james.. michael jordan=better basketball player lebron james= better athlete in all aj green better football player and julio jones better athelete but id gladly have either reciver and can say i think defenses now know how good aj green is and he will draw alot of double coverages this year, and for julio i think his team has more wepons and deffenses now know how fast and elusive he really is so they may try and keep safteys just a little deeper to stop from extremly large plays from happining so all in all i think they both will have to step it up and learn to use there skills like larry fits or andre jons and just get open catch the ball make plays and stop trying to physicaly and skillfully dominate deffensive backs because defense’s are keying these guys this year. but in all who cares whos better honestly im a fan of football and the miami dolphins i would glady take either guy or both on any team in the league. lets hope they both stay healthy and wish the best for both. 1.calvin johnson 2. andre johnson 3. larry fitsgerald 4. aj green 5.julio jones. aj green plays like calvin johnson julio plays like larry fitsgerald. julio jones is more exciting to watch.. like randy moss.. but aj green is like a chris carter/jerry rice excpecting the ball every down. good luck to falcons and bengals fans i hope both of these guys can keep it going have been some pretty big busts as wide recivers after just a few years (braylon edwards) (sanintonio holmes) and so on. aj green wins if were playing fantasy football and julio jones will sell tickets best way i can say it. Enjoy!

J-Lo

August 15th, 2012
8:53 pm

This article/video explains why the Falcons were lucky that A.J. was unavailable:
http://bloggingdirty.com/2012/07/05/a-j-vs-julio-video-analysis/
and it’s very convincing

Michael M.

August 15th, 2012
8:54 pm

Jones reminds me too of Moss in ways…………..neither player is fond of being on camera interviews and both have that ” I’ll show you out on the field what I can do swagger “, you look at Randy’s Career and Stats and in all honesty if Julio can stay healthy throughout his Career, he should be in there close to what Randy accomplished when he was with the Vikings or possibly even better…………

Michael M.

August 15th, 2012
9:05 pm

I looked over that article J-lo……………was going to mention about Jones after the catch…..he does seem to have a ‘ mean streak” so to speak after he makes the catch, its hard to describe………………….guess it would be like, he sees a defender and its like to him that defender is going to either have to hurt him or he is going to hurt the defender trying to bring him down. I guess that is how you can put it….can’t think of the right word for it tonite.

JSS

August 15th, 2012
10:01 pm

Nah, reminds of a younger and bigger Tim Brown without the return skills. He justlacks Brown’s durability and early hands… AJ is like a younger and bigger Anthony Carter, they both have a nose for the ball…

JSS

August 15th, 2012
10:04 pm

Michael, it is called presence… Ask Charles Dimry about it… He saw it every time Jerry Rice was in the area… Oh yeah, when Julio is going good he is lot like a fast version of Sterling Sharpe…