Found July 12, 2012 on Helmet2Helmet:
As it’s quickly become a predominantly passing league, the NFL is stockpiled with young, talented receivers who are ready to take their game to the next level. One in particular has caught the eye of a former legend. During an appearance on SportsCenter Wednesday, Jerry Rice gushed over Julio Jones, predicting a breakout year for the 23-year-old Falcons wideout. “I love this kid,” said Rice. “He’s awesome. He’s big, he’s fast. … I think he’s gonna have a breakout season this coming year.” It’s easy to see why Rice foresee such an event. After notching 54 catches for 959 yards and eight touchdowns in 2011, Jones’ role is likely to expand under new coordinator Dirk Koetter, who’s expected to re-emphasize the vertical passing game in Atlanta. With fellow receiver Roddy White drawing attention toward his side of the field — and tight end Tony Gonzalez working the underneath routes — Jones will see his share of single-coverage, a nightmare scenario for opposing defenses.
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