Falcons WR Julio Jones: ‘I’m fine. I’m ready to go’

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is only able to get one foot in bounds with head coach Mike Smith looking on and was ruled out of bounds on a long catch late in the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday , Sept. 30, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is only able to get one foot in bounds with head coach Mike Smith looking on and was ruled out of bounds on a long catch late in the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday , Sept. 30, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

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.”

 

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42 comments Add your comment

Trade 4 Tim Teabow

October 4th, 2012
1:47 pm

FIST

HA HA!!

Yo Vince

October 4th, 2012
2:03 pm

Danny

October 4th, 2012
2:16 pm

Whadda Ya Know?

October 4th, 2012
2:17 pm

I know we better go deep on the first possession and score quickly. We need to put the pressure on the Redskins…something we didn’t do against Carolina.

I know our defense better shut down the running game so the secondary can get some take aways from RG3. We seemed timid and confused against the Panthers, I hope it’s back to the aggressive style of defense we played during the first three games.

David

October 4th, 2012
2:22 pm

Don’t underestimate washington !

jimmyb (PHL for ATL)

October 4th, 2012
2:26 pm

Can’t wait to see JuliWho turn into JuliWoooh Sunday at Fedex! Section 454.

I usually just read but...

October 4th, 2012
2:30 pm

fist? bless ur heart

Grape Nuts are neither grapes or nuts

October 4th, 2012
2:39 pm

Answer This

October 4th, 2012
2:59 pm

Looks like someone is ready for another BIG day! I think it just might be you JJ!

inkspot

October 4th, 2012
3:23 pm

Roddy and Julio are the best WR tandem in the NFL. Then you’ve got HOF TE Tony Gonzalez. Michael Turner who is a RB very capable of putting the hurt on defenses. And Matt Ryan firing the ball out of the pocket, looking fearless like he never has before.

This is by far the best and most exciting offense the Falcons have ever had.

[...] Jones told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that his hand was fine, and he’s “ready to [...]

ssip

October 4th, 2012
6:08 pm

The falcons should be 5 and 0 by this time next week. They may not be the best in individual categories but the wins are the only thing that counts.

Great Falconi

October 4th, 2012
6:29 pm

Hard to believe they doubled Julio the whole time. Roddy had it so easy. I mean, he caught two long balls in the game. They gave up to Roddy what they didn’t want to give up to Julio. What an adjustment by the Panthers.

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

October 4th, 2012
7:10 pm

I just hope our defense has figured out a way to still be agressive when they play quarterbacks like newton and rgIII this will show how well we can adjust and clabo needs to step up his game. He got beat way too many times against the panthers at least our blindside looks a whole lot better though

just a troll

October 4th, 2012
7:36 pm

Whoever was Fist sounds like another troll to me probably SeenThisBzip……………so excited to be number one and can’t spell correctly………..typical good for nothing Caints troll………………we can let ya slide since you 0 – 4 and probably lose again this weekend………………………………………………………………………………………………….as for our Club, I am not up for this game for some reason, feel like we walking into a trap game, hope I am wrong so I am going to go ahead and claim the Falcons in a good one …………………………………………………..Falcons 34 Skins 27

Falcon Cajun

October 4th, 2012
8:04 pm

RG three sticks is still a roooookie…..the Birds need to take him to schoool…Give him something to whine about….’Dey got a bounty on mee…!!!!’ LOL. MAYBE..!

Robert Yates

October 4th, 2012
11:57 pm

“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.”…….WTF are you talking about?

Robert Yates

October 5th, 2012
12:01 am

Why do green putty balls make Julio’s hands so free of imperfections?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 5th, 2012
1:36 am

Robert Yates — I was looking at hands while he was playing with this putty ball. I was looking for stitches or any other marks. Called myself doing some REPORTING!

Mike "CHOKE" Dogs To Death

October 5th, 2012
7:11 am

Matty Ice finally has seemingly found his “touch” on the ball this season.

There is a certain other QB who once roamed the sidelines here in the great city of Atlanta, who departed for that medium-security facility. Although he admitted he never watched any game film while he was here (“The DVDs would pile up in my car, Jim,”), he has also developed a nice touch on the ball — a skill he learned weaving baskets at Leavenworth.

He can still run like a deer with those smooth, shiny legs, apparently a quality that attracts the undying affections of a certain Ice-hating regular contributor to these here blogs.

Some people prize God-given animal abilities over the exclusively human quality of rising above one’s physical inferiorities with hard work, determination, drive and, above all, character.

Choke on that!

HA HA :)

Augustabred

October 5th, 2012
8:48 am

Way to fire back at them D-Led!!! I don’t know why they didn’t get what you were saying. I never bought the hand laceration injury anyway. Seems he has some type of hand fracture and is trying to strengthen the hand up.

Falconfan

October 5th, 2012
9:12 am

Julio needs to step it up or you will see Roddy get triple covered. If his hand was that bad he couldn’t catch a floater in the end zone then he needed to set and get someone in there who was healthy. Listen, I’m not a hater just want to see him step up so we can use all our weapons. And I totally agree that we need to pound RG3 Sunday and finally get some sacks or he will pick us apart.

Shady

October 5th, 2012
9:32 am

FIST??? I wonder were that fool SmeltThisB4 is?

Taints R Us

October 5th, 2012
10:05 am

Knock Knock!

Who Dat?

Owen?

Owen Who Dat?

0 and 4!

WHO DAT!?!?!

Mikey

October 5th, 2012
10:14 am

It is SO nice watching a first echelon team representing our fine city. What a breath of fresh air. RGIII and boys are doing an amazing job too and can’t be taken lightly. RGIII s playing far beyond rookie level and is fun to watch in his own right. Mike Smith and Mike Nolan have seen this type of QB many times before though and Nolan’s plan will be as good as it gets. I’m anxious to see what he has cooked up. An actively running QB does add a dimension to the offense and it will require all 11 men on the field to play their position and stay coordinated. Now is the time for a big D-Line rush if ever we needed it. It would not only control the run and put pressure on RG but it would give the Linebackers more flexibility on blitzing. The Falcons offense is reaching elite status and should be a load for the Skins defense. Glad to hear Julio is healthy… I anticipate a big week from him and he could make the difference for us. Can’t wait! GO FALCONS! YOU ARE RISING UP!

Esquire

October 5th, 2012
10:18 am

Mike “CHOKE” Dogs To Death
October 5th, 2012
7:11 am
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(“The DVDs would pile up in my car, Jim,”), That sounds like Spock telling Kirk why he hasn’t seen the latest episode of Animal Planet.

“he has also developed a nice touch on the ball” Subject QB knows not what a touch pass is!!

Mike "CHOKE" Dogs To Death

October 5th, 2012
10:48 am

Esquire, that’s an actual quote to Jim Mora, confessing to him that he never watched any of the game DVDs he was given to take home.

The “touch” on the ball was meant as sarcasm, which I figured readers would get, since I indicated that he acquired the skill while weaving baskets in the federal pen.

But thanks for playing!

HA HA :)

Robert Yates

October 5th, 2012
11:07 am

“Robert Yates — I was looking at (Julio’s) hands while he was playing with XthisX (a hand strengthening) putty ball. I was looking for stitches or any other marks. (It is) Called XmyselfX (you just called yourself?)doing some REPORTING!”

I understand completely what you were trying to convey with your statement about the lack of marks on his hands……but, If he is using a hand strengthener then he is inherently still feeling the effects of his hand injury. Unless it is just common practice around the facility. I’m not aware of the goings on at Flowery Branch as much as you are D, but take some time to proofread your blogs before you post them. It’s really depressing when I see a guy that has my dream job fail to use decent sentence structure.

SCOOTER TOM

October 5th, 2012
11:49 am

@ Taints R Us….damn that was funny.

BIGFRED

October 5th, 2012
12:37 pm

JULIO WILL BE JUST FINE THEY CAN NOT DOUBLE RODDY AND JULIO ONE WILL GET OPEN. FALCONS ARE RISING UP

Danny

October 5th, 2012
1:06 pm

Actually it’s like this

Knock, knock
Who dat ?
Owen
Owen who?
Owen four

Esquire

October 5th, 2012
1:26 pm

Mike “CHOKE” Dogs To Death
October 5th, 2012
10:48 am

Esquire, that’s an actual quote to Jim Mora, confessing to him that he never watched any of the game DVDs he was given to take home.

The “touch” on the ball was meant as sarcasm, which I figured readers would get, since I indicated that he acquired the skill while weaving baskets in the federal pen.

********************************************
I knew what you meant………..just wanted to convey my feelings on a QB’s lack of a touch pass. A cannon for an arm but can’t throw it to a receiver who is only 5 yards away under 90 mph.

Mike "CHOKE" Dogs To Death

October 5th, 2012
2:11 pm

You’re right about that. He goes for style points by zipping it sidearm at 90 mph, to a receiver only 5 yards away — right at the his knees. It’s no wonder how he always seemed to be the victim of dropped balls by Roddy White and Michael Jenkins when he was here. It wasn’t their fault that most of his throws were uncatchable.

[...] to have a field day with eight receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Jones says he’s ready to go this week, so the hand shouldn’t be a hindrance. Both receivers should have impressive [...]

Samuel

October 5th, 2012
2:47 pm

Just go out there and kick their ass. Falcons riseup!!!

Mike Franklin

October 5th, 2012
5:32 pm

That was a fairly vicious hit JJ took in SD. There was an immediate fall-off in his level of play after that.

wisconsinfalcons fan

October 5th, 2012
6:26 pm

5-0 after Sunday, lets go Falcons and fans we will be passing out tissue to the ain’ts the meowscats an tampon bay cry babies…. yeah enough said

Gray Mule

October 6th, 2012
7:25 am

Can Falcons break the mold?

Atlanta Dream – 1st round playoffs – Lose to Indiana team – 1-0
Out of the WNBA playoffs in 2012. Season is over.

Atlanta Braves – Best record for wild card – Lose to St. Louis Cardinals
in their 1 game playoff. Season is suddenly over.

Can our own Atlanta Falcons, who are 4-0, break this vicious cycle
of losing? Don’t forger, Those boys from Atlanta, Ga. Tech and what
is happening to them.

GO FALCONS – - BREAK THE CYCLE!!!

Gray Mule

October 6th, 2012
7:26 am

DREAM RECORD IN PLAYOFFS 1-2

BK

October 6th, 2012
12:16 pm

Enter your comments here

BK

October 6th, 2012
12:19 pm

LETS GET THIS WIN AND MOVE FORWARD , DON T GET TO HIGH OR TO LOW ..LETS MAINTAIN STAY FOCUS, PLAY SMART FOOTBALL AND STAY AGGRESSIVE ON DEFENCE!!! DIRTY BIRDS FOR LIFE !!!!!

Joe Montana

October 7th, 2012
11:19 am

they should double roddy this game so julio can get me some fantasy points