Julio Jones represents the future for Falcons
Jones continues to show it was worth giving up five NFL Draft picks to move up and select the former Alabama star.
In his second season with the Atlanta Falcons he has been voted to the NFC Pro-Bowl after finishing with 1,198 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns on the season.
Roddy White and Jones combined for 2,549 receiving yards this season, the most by any wide receiver tandem in the league.
“He’s a heck of player,” White said. “He’s been that all year-long. That’s what we are going to need him to do. For our team to win, he’s going to have to be that type of player and come out there and make a lot of plays like he did today.”
White was referring to the record-breaking playoff performance in the Falcons’ 28-24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game.
Jones had 11 catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns . He broke the franchise record for playoff receiving yards in a game, set by Alfred Jenkins in the 1980 season (155 yards), and tied teammate Roddy White’s team record for receptions in a playoff game.
“Julio has grown tremendously,” Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas said. “He’s understanding the game even more mentally. He’s really, really realizing he’s unstoppable. Can’t no one stop him.”
Fans of the Falcons may have a tough time getting over the NFC Championship loss, but no fear, the future is very bright with Julio Jones.
Stats and quotes provided by ESPN.com