Atlanta Falcons: Q&A with wide receiver Julio Jones, who’s closing in on his first 1,000-yard season

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan congratulates wide receiver Julio Jones on his touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan congratulates wide receiver Julio Jones on his touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones could eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the first time in his NFL career against the Panthers on Sunday.

Jones has 58 catches for 931 yards and six touchdowns. Last season in 13 games, Jones had 54 catches for 959 yards and eight touchdowns.

Here’s a Q&A with Jones after Friday’s practice:

Q: What will be some of the keys against Carolina’s defense?

A: They’ve got a lot of injuries. They are going to have a couple of rookies and everything playing. They are moving guys around, so we don’t know what to expect as far as the matchups and how we’re going to get played this week. We don’t know. We have basically been focusing on us. We can’t worry about what they are going to do. We just have to go out there and play ball.

Q: Did you all not break off routes against them last time when they had seven sacks?

A: I don’t know. The only thing I know is that we just have to play better overall as an offense. Everybody is owning up to what they did wrong, but at the same time everybody has just got to play better. End of story. Especially on the offensive side of the ball. We can’t give them seven sacks. That comes from everybody like they are saying.

Q: Do y’all ignore them being mad about Matt Ryan’s comments? Or, do y’all just have Matt’s back?

A: We don’t care about what they say. We just have to go out there and play. We can’t got out there and talk. We just have to go out there and let our play do the talking. You just can’t go out there on the field and be talking the whole time. Basically, it’s just put up or shut up. We just have to go out there and ball.

Q: What’s been your approach to games in your second season in the league?

A: It doesn’t matter, who I’m playing. Sometimes you are going to have those weeks. You can be up and down, up and down. You just have to go out there and play your game. Go out there, practice and prepare hard. When the game comes around, go out there and have fun. Every game, if it’s Sunday, Monday, Thursday — and we’ll play on Saturday before Christmas — just go out there and have fun. Just love, doing what you do.

Q: How do you feel getting one-on-one coverage?

A: If we have go route or anything, man-to-man or anything, Matt says ‘get ready.’ I have to go out there and execute.

Q: What are your thoughts on taking the kickoff out of the game?

A: Kickers are not 100 percent on getting touchbacks. They can miss sometimes. That’s a big part of the game. That’s a very big part of the game. That’s eliminating a unit and also that’s jobs for other people to play. A lot of people make teams through special teams. That’s is going to eliminate a lot of jobs for people, too. I’m with special teams. I don’t think they should take it out.

Q: How are teams trying to defend you all?

A: If you are doubling us and trying to play a lot of two high safeties or two-high inverted safeties, that will open up our run game. Mike (Turner) and Quizz (Rodgers) do a great job of running the ball. Still, you’ve got to pick your poison.

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45 comments Add your comment

lowdownjj

December 7th, 2012
2:53 pm

Love me some Julio…but Rowdy STILL da man. RISE UP and beat these sheet talkers!

bullrusher1

December 7th, 2012
3:15 pm

At least when the Falcons talked about the Aints, they had some solid ground to stand on. And now we beat them, and now we have a playoff spot. Carolina’s coach is gone, they won’t make the six-game mark they set last year, and Hardy can go back to him not being known by anyone.

Gamer

December 7th, 2012
3:53 pm

Falcons need to shake up the offense by replacing Dominique Franks with Harry Douglas because Franks is playing too indecisive back there and a unwanted incident is bound to happen. Hopefully, it doesn’t happen in a playoff game….

Let Drew Davis play slot receiver…..Davis has better size and has shown himself to be a better route runner than HD….

Maybe HD will play with more hunger and tenacity after losing his starting position…Harry got the speed but he isn’t completing his routes around defenders…..And that is what causing the passing game to stall at times..

Falcons stay focus and dominate by winning…….Winning close games during regular season help to build Nerves of Steel for postseason…….Blowouts hardly ever happen in postseason games..

Nerves of Steel is a key ingredient for Super Bowl Champions…Falcons on three, Dominate!!!!

Answer This

December 7th, 2012
3:59 pm

DOMINATE!!!!!!!!

inkspot

December 7th, 2012
4:01 pm

JULIO!!! This guy has been such an awesome player for the Falcons. He is a weapon. And he has played through some injuries, too. So glad Julio Jones is an Atlanta Falcon!

Brian Hunt

December 7th, 2012
4:09 pm

I agree with Gamer. It looks like we are seeing the same things.

Ed

December 7th, 2012
4:30 pm

Julio and Roddy are an awesome duo, Matt Ryan must feel like a kid in a candy store at times.

ezzy e

December 7th, 2012
9:46 pm

@Gamer i don’t no what game you watch HD83 is open on every play but doesn’t get the ball cuz he’s the 4th maybe 5th read every play it goes 84,11,88,33/32/44 in any order…. he doesn’t do KR/PR cuz he has 2 much value and what happen a couple years ago with his injury… LAST if HD was on any other team he would be a #1 or #2

NumberOneDirtyBird

December 7th, 2012
10:28 pm

Love Julio but you got to admit that a thousand yards is over rated in a league with 16 games and pass happy! I would expect about 1300 to 1500 yards a season. Matt Ryan should easily get to 4000 yards this year those number mean you could give Roddy and Julio 1500 a piece and still have a 1000 to spread around to tight end and third receiver!

JSS

December 7th, 2012
11:19 pm

Check Your Filter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Samuel

December 8th, 2012
7:34 am

I think everybody in their right mind can see why Dimitroff gave up five picks for Julio Jones. Now maybe, Dominque Franks takes a punt all the way. It’s time for Rodgers to get twenty touches and see what he can do. Roddy White should have a better game than last week.

Larry

December 8th, 2012
8:04 am

Filters filter the undesirable.

Esquire

December 8th, 2012
8:21 am

Say hey JJ, hope you get those 1,000 yards tomorrow. Maybe a couple hundred would be fun to watch too.

WE ARE THE MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS!!!

Esquire

December 8th, 2012
8:24 am

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Everywhere we goooO,
Everywhere we goooO,
People wanna knooOw,
People wanna knooOw,
Who we aaa are,
Who we aaa are,
So we tell theem, So we tell theem,
We are the FALCONS!! We are the FALCONS!!
MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS, MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS !!
OHH AHH OHH YEEAHH

Esquire

December 8th, 2012
8:25 am

@JSS
December 7th, 2012
11:19 pm

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Still burning that opium??

My Baby Does The Hanky Panky

December 8th, 2012
8:26 am

DIRT

December 8th, 2012
8:39 am

I have a question for you ,Why do we run down the throat of a team with a fullback in our back field but when we get to the red zone 10 and in we go to a single man backfield or an empty backfield that makes it easier for the other team? I really don’t like the OC .

Mikey

December 8th, 2012
8:57 am

Julio has been a great addition to this team and is on track to have a great season, in only his second year in the league. We are so fortunate to have him and I am so happy TD did the big trade. I suspect most of the others that would have been taken would no longer even be on the team at this point. There was no use getting rid of the great prospects we already had to draft more. Instead, we go one exceptional game changer. Julio is starting to demonstrate his ability to rise to the ball and swipe it away from double coverage. Once he is solid on this in the red zone, WATCH OUT NFL! GO JULIO! YOU ARE RISING UP!

D man

December 8th, 2012
9:36 am

JUUUUUUUUUUULLLLiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiOOOOOOOOOOOOO, have a great game in Carolina…

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Ben

December 8th, 2012
12:16 pm

Julio and the entire receiving corps are incredible, it’s like watching the Braves starting pitchers in the 1990’s. Everyone knows Tony is a Hall of Gamer, Julio is awesome, and Roddy may just be the best of all of them.

Keep the kickoff! It’s a major part of the game, and it’s not like there’s a huge rash of devastating injuries from it. I haven’t even seen the NFL trumpeting statistics, which probably means the statistics don’t back up their hysteria, otherwise they would be leading with the numbers.

Gamer

December 8th, 2012
12:18 pm

ezzy e, do you really believe your assessment of HD being open on every play when game film will show HD truncating his routes around defenders….And/or Matt throwing to HD in coverage and HD not fighting for the ball resulting in ints……

HD got speed but not showing courage around defenders………lazy eye ezzy e YOU NEED TO WATCH THE GAME

1990_Champs_GT

December 8th, 2012
2:15 pm

Jones is showing flashes of what he will be. If he keeps improving, between him and Rowdy Roddy, we might have the best two receivers in the league!

Brian

December 8th, 2012
9:45 pm

Julioooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Man....

December 8th, 2012
10:42 pm

Let’s tear up them talking kitties.

Falcon James

December 9th, 2012
1:52 am

Did Roddy have a lawyer or maybe a someone holding a gun just out of camera range while doing the interview? Sounded like a bunch of scripted answers written by somebody besides White.

okeetee

December 9th, 2012
7:35 am

….frankly, he sounded like a player with athletic ability but not much upstairs! When asked what he and the team could do to improve, saying “play harder” or just “get better” doesn’t indicate he’s the sharpest tool in the shed!

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

December 9th, 2012
7:36 am

Just saying……If the Falcons had a better offensive line, so that Ryan had more time, both Roddy White and Julio Jones would already have a 1,000 receiving yards. The O-Line is decent but far from being a dominate NFL caliber O-Line. McClure, Clabo and Baker….need I say more (although Baker has definitely been better this year). :-)

My Baby Does The Hanky Panky

December 9th, 2012
8:34 am

Let’s smash Carolina in the mouth.

My Baby Does The Hanky Panky

December 9th, 2012
8:50 am

@Falcon James
December 9th, 2012
1:52 am Did Roddy have a lawyer or maybe a someone holding a gun just out of camera range while doing the interview? Sounded like a bunch of scripted answers written by somebody besides White.

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Did I miss something FJ, this was an interview with Julio. Not that your post is wrong, only the names would change to protect the innocent.

My Baby Does The Hanky Panky

December 9th, 2012
8:56 am

@okeetee
December 9th, 2012
7:35 am ….frankly, he sounded like a player with athletic ability but not much upstairs! When asked what he and the team could do to improve, saying “play harder” or just “get better” doesn’t indicate he’s the sharpest tool in the shed!

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He actually scored very well on the Wonderlic (don’t get excited, it’s not what your thinking). I think he was just being careful with his words and avoiding giving any opposing teams bulletin board material.

My Baby Does The Hanky Panky

December 9th, 2012
8:58 am

@okeetee “he sounded like a player with athletic ability but not much upstairs!”

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By the way, did you get audio on this interview??

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okeetee

December 9th, 2012
1:12 pm

“By the way, did you get audio on this interview??”

….no, but from what he said that was recorded, there didn’t seem much substance to his comments. Hey, I like the guy! In fact, I’m one of the few guys on this board that think he was worth all those draft choices! Just pointing out, you don’t have to be a scholar or a poet to play wide receiver or professional football!

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Andrew

December 10th, 2012
1:56 pm

This Q&A could have done with a proofread prior to posting. Loaded with typos and grammatical errors.

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