Atlanta Falcons: A.J. Green and Julio Jones shine

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green comes down in the endzone with the touchdown catch as he is tackled by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel during 1st half action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Thursday, August 16, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green comes down in the endzone with the touchdown catch as he is tackled by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel during 1st half action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Thursday, August 16, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

A.J. Green and Julio Jones, two of the top young receivers in the National Football League, both dazzled the crowd at the Georgia Dome on Thursday.

Green, the former Georgia standout, was taken by the Bengals with the fourth overall pick of the 2011 draft. Jones, who starred at Alabama, was selected by the Falcons with the sixth overall pick.

Both players impacted the game early before the reserves took over.

Green got open on deep route in the first quarter, but Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton overthrew the pass. The Bengals settled for a 54-yard field goal by Mike Nugent to make it 3-0.

On their next possession, the Falcons tied the game on a 20-yard field goal from Matt Bryant.

Thanks to Green, the Bengals would quickly answer.

On a third down-and-15, Green ran past Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel and hauled down a 50-yard touchdown pass to give the Bengals a 10-3 lead.

Once the shock of Green’s touchdown catch wore off, Jones and the Falcons’ offense appeared determined not to be outdone by the spectacular play on their next possession.

Quarterback Matt Ryan, who completed 11 straight passes to open the game, completed a 15-yard pass to Jones on the fifth play of the drive. On the next play, Ryan launched a deep pass to Jones, who had gotten behind his defender, but he couldn’t haul down the slightly overthrown pass.

After completing a 16-yard pass to Roddy White, Ryan and Jones connected on a 23-yard play to move the ball down to Cincinnati’s 2-yard line. On the next play, Ryan tossed a touchdown pass to newly signed fullback Lousaka Polite. Bryant came on to tie the score 10-10.

Green finished the game with two receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown. Jones had three receptions for 41 yards.

THE LATEST NEWS

GAME STORY: Bengals 24, Falcons 19

SIDEBAR: Matt won’t call himself an elite QB after completing 18 of 21

Asante Samuel admits to relaxing on A.J. Green’s touchdown catch

A.J. Green and Julio Jones shine in exhibition game

VIDEO: Post game presser with head coach Mike Smith

VIDEO: Matt Ryan, Lousaka Polite featured after loss to Bengals

MORE ON THE FALCONS

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

Dominique Davis and Matt Ryan reunited

Polite knows waiting game in search of NFL job

Video: Mike Peterson taking over for injured Akeem Dent

Chase Coffman trying to make his way in NFL

Davis impresses in battle for No. 5 wide receiver spot

Falcons sign two, waive two

Bradie Ewing lost for the season

Game story: Ravens rout Falcons in exhibition opener

With Dent injury, Falcons take another hit at middle linebacker

Franks impresses with punt return

Q&A with Falcons coach Mike Smith after the loss to the Ravens

Jacquizz and James Rodgers have a thick football bond

Get instant updates on Twitter at AJCFalcons and you can join the Facebook Fan page at AJC Falcons.

37 comments Add your comment

Michael M.

August 16th, 2012
11:00 pm

You had to know Dalton and Green would hook one up sooner or later………………………………………..

[...] Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) [...]

al.com

August 16th, 2012
11:27 pm

Jones dazzled the crowd??? Are you trying to fill space or trying to get another four years by making things up? Were you watching the game. Green looked great! I am taking the over on Jones drops 10 passes this year or sits our 3 games.

bama boy

August 16th, 2012
11:30 pm

Your are right about Jones he likes to take plays and games off. I would take the over on the dropped passes. Does anyone read these things.

falCANS

August 16th, 2012
11:31 pm

I wanna know why Grimes isnt playing on the left when he isnt OBVIOUSLY our shutdown guy!!!!

falCANS

August 16th, 2012
11:33 pm

Julio takes plays off?? -_- how bout yall go to bed

ewhsh

August 16th, 2012
11:34 pm

DAMN!!!! That nig… Asante Samuel got “BURNT” :( )

ewhsh

August 16th, 2012
11:36 pm

After that play by Green, the smoke alarms went off, but then i realized that it was because of smoke coming from Samuels.

davidinloganville

August 16th, 2012
11:38 pm

it looked like AJ ran past Samuel the series before the one he caught the td on also, the pass was under thrown, I hope this doesn’t make for a long year in the secondary.

ewhsh

August 16th, 2012
11:40 pm

Asante Samuels=BUST!!! HA, HA, HA! He’s a washed up old fart! All he does is talk, talk, talk, and no walk because he’s too slow to keep up with the best young receivers out there like AJ Green. Atlanta, say hello to Dante Robinson 2.0

Dr. Warren

August 16th, 2012
11:52 pm

AJ was back in his own backyard and wouldn’t be outshined. But Julio was no slouch either. AJ was matched against an aged defender, unfortunately for us.

Michael M.

August 17th, 2012
12:00 am

ha! ha !…………………..a rabbit couldn’t have caught that kid , Green, he was keepin that one!

[...] Atlanta Journal Constitution [...]

Michael M.

August 17th, 2012
12:11 am

Asante did a good job out there tonight, he lost sight of the ball and stutter stepped and the rest is history………..

JSS

August 17th, 2012
12:27 am

Bama boy, no… They are too busy being snarky…

Jordan B

August 17th, 2012
5:56 am

so all the Julio haters missed the last game I guess, seeing as Julio Jones
put up 100 yards and 1 touchdown in a SINGLE QUARTER vs a the Raven’s defense
and then caught every catch-able ball in this game(one catch, he even snagged it from a Bengal’s defended in what should have been an interception/deflection) haters gone hate

Mr. Panic Button

August 17th, 2012
7:35 am

Preseason…to evaluate new talent (if you want to call the backups that) and get the starters ready for the season. Julio vs Green…who give a ^$&%? DLed your articles are terrible–and your interviews.

I usually just read but....

August 17th, 2012
7:59 am

Not sure what “al.com@11:27″ is talking about. I don’t remember seeing JJ drop a catchable ball in either game and Roddy is snaging everything coming his way too. Samuel is in for a long season, I’m afraid. I hope the O line improves. The face mask call was crap, these officials are definely not NFL ready. Oh yea, Davis looked very good. Very good, Redman, well, send him home. If something happens and we need him he will be a fone call away. It ain’t like he’s going anywhere. Don’t get me wrong, I like Redman, Samuel too but…..

PR

August 17th, 2012
10:05 am

AJ Green is a beast

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 17th, 2012
10:10 am

PR – Yes, he is!

Breakfast Links « Crimson coast to coast

August 17th, 2012
10:17 am

[...] The comparison continues for Julio and AJ [...]

sharky

August 17th, 2012
10:17 am

Julio is clearly the best of the two, and without a doubt. However, I’ve always like AJ from his UGA days and he will always have my support but not against us. On the other hand, Julio didn’t play a whole season last year but still manage to almost gain a 1000 yards, plus he had mor TD’s. So I have to think that Julio is the better of the two.

Whadda Ya Know?

August 17th, 2012
11:13 am

I’ll take Julio as my WR any day. The Bengals corners were all over Julio, pulling his jersey, his arm (no penalty called) yet he still caught the ball. Green could not take some of the hits that Julio has–the boy is a human pencil. If Asante wasn’t playing around Green would have had 9 yards in total catches. He ended up with 59 yds for the night. 50 of it came from Asante’s blunder.

[...] A.J. Green and Julio Jones shine in exhibition game [...]

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

August 17th, 2012
1:02 pm

Im just gonna start by saying much respect to aj the guy can ball but he cant pull off the spectacular and the important plays that julio can i also agree that he prolly couldnt take the kinda hits julio can this was a good game for them both and both teams to say the least aside from recievers how bout that dominator davis made some very nice throws out there can u say bye bye jpw i wont say hes gonna supplant red yet but he definately can ball and is a huge upgrade over jpw he made the best with what weapons he had last night tip my hat to that guy

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

August 17th, 2012
1:10 pm

Also i wouldnt take too much outta that first quarter guys seemed to me like they were trying to get some practice running their screen game also wouldnt worry too much about asante thats the way he plays hes always looking to make a play u make some u miss some thats wat happens when u play the aggressive game he plays Jus sayin oh and peria jerry made some nice plays last night lets not look past that and give him the benefit of the doubt i see a comeback in the making

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

August 17th, 2012
1:16 pm

Oh funny story ill share as u all kno i live iN mississippi so i walk in a subway restaurant yesterday with my atl hat and matty ice jersey on and the lady behind the counter says she doesnt like wat im wearin so i says ok im glad ur honest….. Too bad u still have to serve me and i can see if u spit in my food she laughed i laughed world goes on spinning lol

[...] A.J. Green and Julio Jones shine in exhibition game [...]

NY Falcon fan

August 17th, 2012
10:46 pm

why do i attempt to post anything here. 85% of the post displayed are from fans off their wagon making outrageous comments or people posing as fans. smh

NY Falcon fan

August 17th, 2012
10:48 pm

ewhsh
August 16th, 2012
11:34 pm

DAMN!!!! That nig… Asante Samuel got “BURNT” )

REALLY AJC!

NY Falcon fan

August 17th, 2012
10:52 pm

SEE MY POINT?

[...] A.J. Green and Julio Jones shine in exhibition game [...]

[...] A.J. Green and Julio Jones shine in exhibition game [...]

[...] A.J. Green and Julio Jones shine in exhibition game [...]

[...] A.J. Green and Julio Jones shine in exhibition game [...]

[...] A.J. Green and Julio Jones shine in exhibition game [...]

[...] A.J. Green and Julio Jones shine in exhibition game [...]