Stat corner: Ryan to Jones passing combo could be lethal

Matt Ryan (from left) talks to wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones during a recent training camp practice iat Flowery Branch.  CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Matt Ryan (from left) talks to wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones during a recent training camp practice iat Flowery Branch. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons second-year wide receiver Julio Jones and quarterback Matt Ryan could develop into one of the league’s top passing combinations in 2012.

“Great receivers don’t have a problem developing,” ESPN analyst Jon Gruden said. “Great players at any position don’t struggle with their development quite as much as some of the others for obvious reasons.”

Ryan and Jones connected 13 times for 240 yards during the exhibition season.

“Hopefully we can keep him from catching about 15,” Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel quipped. “If we can hold him to 14, then we’ve got a chance.”

Jones played in 11 full games last season and finished with 54 catches for 959 yards and eight touchdowns.

With an offseason of work with position coach Terry Robiskie, Jones’ route-running appears much improved and he has a better understanding of the offense.

“They line up in a lot of formations now in college football,” Gruden said. “Heck, I used to look at college film and a certain receiver might line up in two or three different formations the whole season. Now, when I watch college football, they are in no-back sets, unbalanced sets, two-back sets, one-back sets, they are all over the place. They are quickly, I think, able to digest the complexity in terms, formations, shifts, motions, route adjustments and it allows them to showcase their stuff faster.”

Ryan passed for a franchise-record 4,177 passing yards last year and set career-highs with 29 touchdowns and a 92.2 passer rating.

“They all develop faster when they are with a great quarterback and I think when you look at Julio Jones, he’s with a young quarterback that is very skilled,” Gruden said.


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21 comments Add your comment

Michael M.

September 8th, 2012
5:17 pm

No kidding D-Led………………………………sort of like arsenic ?………………………

Waffle House

September 9th, 2012
7:37 am


September 9th, 2012
8:19 am

ha ha, the “tight” filter is on… Well played


September 9th, 2012
9:15 am

Once more unto the brecha…




September 9th, 2012
9:53 am



September 9th, 2012
10:05 am

What? I am in New Orleans! Heading out the door in a few toward the MB Superdome. Catch you miserable losers this evening!


September 9th, 2012
10:54 am

Ya know RGIII has friends and family down in the bayou, betcha he’ll have quite a backing at the Aints/Skins game today. Interestingly Coach Shanahan leads all active NFL head coaches with 14 wins in games played on Week 1. With only 7 points, 3 of those home field………..I say Aints take a RGIII hit in game 1……………..!!!

I’m guessing Ryan’s gonna pass for 300 yards today………at least 100 of them to JJ……….!!


September 9th, 2012
11:11 am

Cundiff will probably win the game for ‘Skins………….Aints never should have let Kasay go.

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September 9th, 2012
1:22 pm

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September 9th, 2012
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Clown called jss

September 9th, 2012
4:14 pm

Change that could be to is!


September 9th, 2012
4:50 pm

Falcons put up 40 on the road and the Saints get hosed for 40 at home. LMAO!!!! Vilma on the sideline looking like a crackhead. Tru Sleeze had a turrible game. :)

Clown called jss

September 9th, 2012
5:18 pm

Hmmmmm Seen would you be the miserable one!? Wow your team gave up 40…….to a rookie! Hehehehehehahahahahahhoobobibobobobohihohihi

Clown called jss

September 9th, 2012
5:19 pm

And you lost! By the way Julio and Ryan is scary!

Clown called jss

September 9th, 2012
5:21 pm

Esquire that post you made was frigging scary man! Can you give me the lotto numbers also?! Dude you were spot on….nice call! O yea them Aints or call them Aunts blow!

Tampa Gator is paranoid

September 9th, 2012
5:30 pm

Enter your comments here

Papa Smurf

September 9th, 2012
5:32 pm

Hey seen, how did your aints do today?


September 9th, 2012
5:51 pm

Sorry I have not responded to comments. Been busy picking the gravel out of my knee caps. It’s been a rough day both inside and outside of the Superdome. I have been giving one on one, bleaux by bleaux updates to any male fan with a fleur de lis on his belt buckle.

Symptoms of Atlanta Curse

September 9th, 2012
7:49 pm

@SeenThisB4…..well It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. I just want you to remember one thing….while the Falcons we’re hanging a 40 spot on KC….Washington was hanging a 40 spot on the aints……mickey mouse…..

Joey the Bull

September 9th, 2012
11:07 pm

I think the Falcons will have the highest scoring offense in the league. I also think we will them punt less than any other team. As a n Alabama fan, I knew all about Julio (and the rest of the Al. players on every team-making plays) I knew that Julio was the best WR in his draft class; despite what you GA guys think ;-) How about the SEC anyway. So it is no surprise that Julio is being considered the next best WR and will be recognized as better than Megatron and the guys from Dallas from here on out.

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September 15th, 2012
4:27 pm

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