(Atlanta, GA) – Whatever the Falcons need to do to keep Julio Jones…they need to do it. He is one of the most if not the most prolific wide receiver in the NFL and the one-two punch that him and Matt Ryan deliver is priceless.
Questions were abound when Julio was absent from preseason action amidst contract talks. But it looks like Uncle Arthur secured the bag and the roster just in time for the Falcons’ official first game of the 2019 season.
The three year extension that locks Julio in until 2023, is pretty much fully guaranteed and worth $66 million dollars. Last season, Julio had 113 catches for a league-leading 1,677 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
The Falcons visit the Vikings Sunday. Kickoff is at 1pm.
(SL) — Julio Jones racked up 12 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns as the Falcons blasted the Buccaneers 34-20 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Wide Receiver set a records with his standout performance.
Jones became the first player to record three games of more than 250 yards in a career, surpassed Hall of Famer Lance Alworth for the most receiving yards and Anquan Boldin for most receptions for a player through his first 90 NFL games.
Post game, quarterback Matt Ryan said, “If we could just dial up 250 yards from him every week, it would be a pretty good recipe for success. He’s so explosive. He’s an unbelievable talent and an unbelievable competitor.”Ryan himself finished 26-of-35 for 317 yards and a TD, while wide receiver Mohamed Sanu had a 51-yard touchdown pass to which Coach Quinn jokingly said he became confident with Sanu at QB after he completed the pass, especially after he wobbled the snap a little.
Sanu’s perfect pass rate left fans calling for him to play various other position all of which Coach Quinn said being the athlete that he is, he could probably do them all.
Tevin Coleman ran for 97 yards and two scores hours after his significant other had twins. The Falcons, who have won three in-a-row to improve to 7-and-4 on the season.
Ryan Fitzpatrick was 27-of-44 for 283 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions for Tampa, which slipped to 4-and-7. Peyton Barber had a pair of rushing touchdowns in the setback. The Falcons will host the Vikings on Sunday while the Buccaneers will hit the road to play the Packers.
(SL) – Julio Jones put on a show Sunday at the Georgia dome as the Falcons pounded the Panthers 48-33. The All-Pro Wide Receiver who had just one catch against the Saints returned for a 300 yard game that included 12 catches and a 75-yard TD. Jones’ previous high was 259 yards in a 43-37 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Dec. 8th 2014.
Post Game: Julio talked about setting a new Franchise record and not singling out his performance when the entire offensive team deserves credit.
(Atlanta, GA) – It’s not a fluke ando no your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you the Falcons are really that good. After a slow start that included two picks on Atlanta QB Matt Ryan and a lost fumble, the Falcons were able to turn things around and remain undefeated. As Coach Quinn said post game, “It took us all game to get there, but we did it.”
Sunday’s 25-19 overtime win against the Washington Redskins highlighted what’s different about a new-look Falcons offense under the watch of talented play-caller Kyle Shanahan. The Falcons were not a top tier rushing team last season, but plowed through the ‘Skins for 176 yards on Sunday.
It proved the Falcons are strong on both ends after star wideout Julio Jones was shut out in the first 30 minutes.
Speaking of strengths, Devonta Freeman continues to dominate by any means necessary. After the refs rescinded one of his touchdowns, the running back found his way right back into the end zone ultimately shredding the Redskins for 153 yards on the ground.
“We turned this thing around together,” said Freeman. “We said back in April what we wanted to stand for, so it’s all showing and paying off right now. Everybody is living up to our expectations.”
The NFL reports the revived ground game only helps quarterback Matt Ryan, forcing teams to now account for a cast of backs that produced just one 100-yard rushing performance over the past two seasons. Freeman already has two this autumn and eight touchdowns.
Ryan and Jones, of course, have the ability to go off at any time, but Atlanta last season would have been cooked on a day that saw their franchise quarterback throw two picks and lose a fumble as he did against Washington.
It just goes to show the new attack and pound the ball mentality that a new, tougher Falcons team is displaying this season .
Quinn’s go after it scheme just gives an already aggressive team more desire to get to the ball resulting in interceptions like CB Robert Alford’s leading to a game winning touchdown in OT.
Alford raced to the end zone with an interception as Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant, center, was blocked out of the game-ending play by defensive end Adrian Clayborn.
This after the Redskins had tied it up with just :25 seconds left in the 4th qtr. They don’t quit and seemingly welcome the challenge. The Falcons are 5-0 . The final score was 25-19. Up nest….NOLA!