FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who was slowed last week against Carolina with a hand injury, pronounced himself fully recovered for Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins at 1 p.m. at FedEx Field.
“Oh, yeah I’m fine,” said Jones. “I’m ready to go.”
Jones was playing with a green putty ball and there were no visible marks on hands. He suffered a laceration on the first play of the San Diego game on Sept. 23.
He played against Carolina, but caught just one pass for 30 yards. He was not 100 percent for the game, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said.
The hand appeared to play a role in a dropped slant pattern. Jones would not blame the injury for the drop.
“Once, I’m out there I don’t feel anything,” Jones said. “It wasn’t anything that was holding me back or nothing like that. The majority of the game I was getting double-teamed.”
Jones had a role on the 59-yard pass completion to wide receiver Roddy White that got the Falcons off the 1-yard line with under a minute to play.
“On that last play, we both had deep routes,” Jones said. “We were going to put a lot of stress on that safety. We were going to make him make a decision and he was going to be wrong regardless. We feel like we are better athletes and have better ball skills than safeties when the ball is in the air.”
The Redskins secondary has struggled thus far in 2012. They are giving up 326.3 yards per game, which ranks 31st in the league.
“It’s a great secondary, but we really don’t know what they are going to do,” Jones said. “We watch film on Carolina, but they played other teams differently. When they played us, it was a totally different ball game. We just have to be ready to make adjustments throughout the game.”
Different opponents have made their own elections against the Falcons passing game.
Kansas City focused on White and Jones got loose for six catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns.
Denver focused on Jones and White had eight catches for 102 yards and one touchdown. When they tried to key on both wide receivers, tight end Tony Gonzalez broke loose. He had seven catches for 70 yards and a touchdown.
San Diego focused on White and Jones. Gonzalez finished with nine catches on 12 targets and 91 yards and one touchdown.
“In the Carolina game they tried to double me and Tony throughout the whole game and Roddy and Harry and had the one-on-one matchups,” Jones said. “Roddy made numerous big plays and he basically ended up winning the game. We can watch as much film as possible, but we don’t know what their game plan is going to be against us.”