Atlanta Falcons: Julio Jones’ hand still ‘not 100 percent’

The right hand laceration Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones suffered at San Diego in Week 3 didn’t prevent him from finishing that game or playing Sunday against Carolina.

But the injury has hindered Jones from having the kind of big-play impact expected from the second-year receiver. As Jones’ hand heals, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter expects him to be more involved in the offense and capitalize on more chances than he did during Atlanta’s victory against Carolina on Sunday.

“Absolutely,” Koetter said today. “He still had eight targets. That’s a fair number; it just didn’t work out. Eight targets and one catch is not a good percentage. Julio’s hand is not 100 percent. Credit him for playing and running his routes hard.

“But there’s no doubt, [as] we’ve seen him in some earlier games this year, when he’s 100 percent he will be even more effective.”

Even with Jones hindered by the cut on his hand Sunday, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan passed for 369 yards on 40 attempts with three touchdowns. The passing game was elevated by Roddy White’s big plays against Carolina’s aggressive defense and the 60-yard TD catch by running back Michael Turner, who’s rarely used as a receiver.

“Thank goodness you have Roddy there to pick up the slack,” Koetter said. “Roddy was phenomenal.”

The unit 29th against the run (146.2 yards per game), ninth against the pass (206.8 yards) and it has forced the opposing quarterbacks into a passer rating of 68.7, which is fifth lowest in the NFL.

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garcia

October 2nd, 2012
7:19 pm

I am trying not be overly concerned about this. Our FO and coaching staff has a history of hiding injuries (P. Jerry).

I watched the Chargers game and I honestly could not see how he got injured. Initial reports stated that it was a laceration. Assuming no Chargers were carrying knives, the injury must have been an overextension of the palm. You also have to assume that the ligaments of the palm were stretched with a possible hematoma. All in all, JJ should be back to his normal self in three weeks.

In the mean time, we need Douglas to step up. Roddy is the man, but Ryan needs to have another target to stretch the field. Come on HD, this is your opportunity.

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lowdownjj

October 2nd, 2012
8:05 pm

Looked like Julio took a helmet to the hand to me. Either way ROWDY still da man!

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JDL

October 2nd, 2012
8:31 pm

Julio you da man.. lets go baby.. do work.. beast mode the rest of season!!

todd

October 2nd, 2012
8:40 pm

It was pretty obvious to me that he was hurt. If you notice the balls he caught it looked a little awkward.. I believe he easily catches the long pass in the fourth quarter that they called him out of bounds on if he’s not injured but it took him longer to bring it in. By keeping it quiet it takes the heat off of Roddy.

ernisTbass

October 2nd, 2012
9:12 pm

that was a great catch he made when he just couldn’t quite get that heel in bounds, heel be fine

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October 2nd, 2012
9:36 pm

REAL FALCONS FAN

October 2nd, 2012
9:38 pm

ONE BAD ASS OFFENSE AND NOLIN’S WILD DAWG DEFENSE ,WHAT A COMBO. GO FALCON’S ! WILD DAWG DEFENSE AND ONE BAD ASS OFFENSE = 4-0

Just Wing It

October 2nd, 2012
9:51 pm

checkmate, making it 5 come sunday.

cwag

October 2nd, 2012
10:21 pm

I like the name of that defense, you just named REAL FALCONS FAN!…It’s on point… for real!…WILD DAWG DEFENSE!!!!

Falcon James

October 2nd, 2012
10:45 pm

Wrap up that hand, protect it, and let it heel. Keep telling everyone that Julio is probable and keep him on the injury report for as long as possible. Once his hand is healed and everyone is still thinking he is injured, unleash him like a cheetah on steroids and hopefully MeAngelo will be in coverage. I would like to see him burned no less than 5 times if Julio is up to it.

Just think, Turner showed he can catch, we already know Quizz can catch, Snelling can Catch, Roddy is playing like he wants a $30 Million contract, Gonzalez is a steady and as the North Star, and Douglas catches everything thrown his way. Julio is the perfect decoy and you have to respect the fact that he can burn you at will!

This team is awesome and a whole lot of fun to watch.

LOL at the Aints

October 2nd, 2012
10:56 pm

Roddy is the man, we have so many weapons,, That being said, we do need Julio to complete the package,

Robin

October 2nd, 2012
11:10 pm

When is HD ever gonna step up? We have been waiting on him for years now…time for him to deliver. He caught his pass on the final drive like a pro, why can’t get produce more often? I don’t get that.

FalconJim

October 2nd, 2012
11:11 pm

Hulio ain’t good enough, yet, to hold Rowdy Roddy’s jock strap! Haha!

But I sure hope he gets well soon…..we could use ‘em BOTH on the field at 100%.

Pick your poison, defensive coordinators!!!

HAL

October 2nd, 2012
11:30 pm

I keep hearing everyone talk about Turney’s receiving abilities. He caught 1 pass (albeit for a touchdown) but if I remember correctly, he dropped 3 or 4 others.

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extremus

October 3rd, 2012
12:04 am

Hope the hand heals quickly. Jones is badly needed to take coverage off of White.

Scott Anderson

October 3rd, 2012
4:53 am

is this just a excuse for dropped balls like in Alabama ?

RiM

October 3rd, 2012
7:39 am

Last week there were no comments about his injury and only targeted him 8 times…this week lots of talk about his hand not being 100%…..Start Julio on your fantasy team Sunday……

Bama Fan#2

October 3rd, 2012
7:58 am

Julio broke the Alabama passing game record of 200 yards against UT
in 2010 WITH A BROKEN HAND!! No cut will stop Julio Jones!!!!!!!!!

JosephDaKoolest a.k.a No Answer For Julio

October 3rd, 2012
8:08 am

Julio is fine he obviously hurt his hand. And also defenses are more afraid of him going deep than Roddy white. So he will always have a safety over the top of him, therefore the corner can play tighter coverage on him. Thats why the field is so open for Roddy and Tony. Even more reason why I would like to see Harry beat one on one coverage and find more holes in zones. But as soon as the opposing teams relaxes and thinks Julio is just a decoy TOUCHDOWN FALCONS……. and also the OC needs to do a better job going forward of designing plays to get him open. As always Go Falcons!!!! The Real A Town Got Your Back!!!!!!

Esquire

October 3rd, 2012
8:17 am

Will Meangelo will try to antagonize Coach Smith, goad him into a little shove.

Did JJ’s hand require stitches…..?

David

October 3rd, 2012
8:23 am

Hal your right, Turner got lucky on one pass, and then droped the rest, he’s not a good receiver. He did manage to average over 6 YPC.

David

October 3rd, 2012
8:25 am

Beats the hell out of 2 YPC.

SimpleDawg

October 3rd, 2012
9:22 am

I would guess that the hand injury Julio suffered is a laceration between the fingers from where the skin split caused by an impact from a helmet / facemask. It’s not uncommon for a player to suffer this type of injury, particularly a receiver or running back who stiff-arms an opponent. It may take 6 weeks for this type of injury to heal.

Jessie Ventura

October 3rd, 2012
9:38 am

He ain’t got time to bleed!

Whadda Ya Know?

October 3rd, 2012
9:39 am

Let Julio heal and put the next man up in the rotation..HD. If HD can’t get it done then sit his arse and put in Kevin Cone or Drew Davis. In fact, Cone is better built and suited for the slot receiver than HD–he has size and speed. HD is like a buck 25 soaking wet.

Grape Nuts are neither grapes or nuts

October 3rd, 2012
9:45 am

He was injured last year too……Does this make him injury prone?

teamguy

October 3rd, 2012
9:46 am

Michael, did Dominique run the scout team in prep for this game and last week’s? It sure would be fun to see him in some games this year. Do you think he has a chance to become the backup to Ryan?

joja boi

October 3rd, 2012
9:56 am

HD doesn’t get the ball because he is typically the fourth option behind JJ, RW, TG, and then maybe HD…MR doesn’t have enough time in the pocket to go through those progressions. I will say that pre-snap sometimes your “4th” option based on play design should sometimes be moved up in order of importance.

Wilson Pickett

October 3rd, 2012
10:06 am

Julio is a tuff guy and will play thru the pain as usual. He’s a country boy from South Alabama. Beside his Mom will kick his azz if he doesn’t go earn his money.

North FLA Falcon

October 3rd, 2012
10:09 am

another receiver we need to step up is #87 the backup tight end. tony g obviously taught him the “little push off move” but he got FLAGGED for it in the end zone. we need to be grooming a TE, as Tony will not be here forever.

Mikey

October 3rd, 2012
10:34 am

Little dings will happen… this is a tough sport. The really nice thing about this team is that they have so many weapons, the defense still can’t cover them all. Although he was dinged up, it was still nice to have the threat of Julio to draw big defensive coverage. I hope he is better soon because he is sure fun to watch.

GregKennesaw

October 3rd, 2012
10:49 am

I heard coy wire say the injury to Julio was pretty bad, his hand split between two fingers, and one finger was at a 45 degree angle, they had to cut his glove off, That may take until the bye week to get better.

SirReal

October 3rd, 2012
10:53 am

I had a feeling it was still banged up. I told a friend of mine Julio’s just a decoy in this game but when you can command that much respect as a decoy, it means a lot. Just wait until it full heals. He’s still learning how to become great. Already good. Has to learn to drag the feet,etc but that all comes with that transition. He’s the real deal and he’ll get it. Here’s to hoping he heals on up. We need him.
HD is dont the best he can. He isnt targeted that much. I think we only want/need about 500 yards out of him this year anyway. He was comfortable signing a new deal with us. His days will come. He’ll have some outstanding grabs in clutch situations. Our offense is fine. I’m more worried about Clabo’s hip. Charles Johnson is good but Clabo has been a bit out of it since SD. I just think he’s a bit more hurt than is being told thats all. They’ll bounce back this week against Washington. If Jim Haslett wants to try the same thing Ron Rivera did, he’s in for a nightmare this week.

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[...] Falcons’ offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said that the hand injury Julio Jones suffered in Week 3 against the Chargers affected the wide receiver for the teams Week 4 matchup against the Panthers. “He still had eight targets. That’s a fair number; it just didn’t work out. Eight targets and one catch is not a good percentage. Julio’s hand is not 100 percent. Credit him for playing and running his routes hard.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) [...]

I usually just read but...

October 3rd, 2012
1:47 pm

Hope he’s 100% this weekend. Also hope we not 32nd against the run after Sunday. RG3 scares me more than if I was a lost poodle in the players parking lot at Lincoln Financial Field. If you know what I mean.

Mike Franklin

October 3rd, 2012
1:52 pm

Not gonna panic over JJ… and I feel better understanding his injury than i did last Sunday when he was in and out, up and down. The term ‘laceration’ is applied here with a lot of ambiguity… but I assume that the injury is more external now than internal.

Big O

October 3rd, 2012
2:21 pm

We’re forgetting the Falcons have more WR back-up talent than H. Douglas. There is a Julio look-alike on the squad; i.e., Kevin Cone. Weight, height, strength, blocking ability, and even the 4.35 speed. Give him some reps and Mr. Cone might well become Julio’s preferred back-up.

History repeats itself

October 3rd, 2012
3:02 pm

Julio is one of those guys who we can expect to get hurt every year. He did it in college, hes done it in the pros.

Jimmy Crack

October 3rd, 2012
3:43 pm

History, yeayeayea, and he ran a 4.39 40-yard dash on a broken foot.

I’d rather Julio rest his hand and either sit or act like a pure decoy for at least one more game.

shesoleo

October 3rd, 2012
7:53 pm

This situation is a win win to me simply because if you can have a receiver to only catch one ball in the game and still make an impact then that is a good thing. Julio demanding the attention that he gets only makes it better for Roddy, Turner, and Gonzo to do their thing. The beauty of it is it’s a team sport and our players aren’t selfish, they seem to be on the same page and all that matters is the W.

D man

October 3rd, 2012
9:11 pm

Rub some dirt on it and get back out there. Oh I forgot, artificial turf…

dwagdawg

October 3rd, 2012
9:46 pm

dawgfan

October 3rd, 2012
9:49 pm

Me and D man are gonna drink some Zima then call Sasha and have us some dawgy-style fun.

Thanks

Rick Day

October 3rd, 2012
10:13 pm

Damn people its HEAL not HEEL. His hand needs to heal. The bottom of his feet are just fine.

Now anyway, I was at the game and hover over the 35 yard line closest to the Falcon’s entrance, so I watch the sidelines as much as I watch the game. I was really on JJ’s ass about the drops, but I forgot he had an injury. Most of the game when he was not playing, he was working catches. Constantly. Catch. Pull in. Then he kept looking at his hand, shaking it, and would sometimes decline an ice pack offered.

You know that has to sting to catch a ball with a palm injury again and again, but I give him great credit for his work ethic and trying hard to work through the situation. Kudos to Gonz and Roddy for being there for him during those sideline reps.

My respect for JJ went up +11, based on his activity. The man is a pro.

Rick Day

October 3rd, 2012
11:44 pm

Blake

October 4th, 2012
12:01 am

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