FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. More than the shorn locks that gave him a new offseason look, Julio Jones performance in the Falcons first preseason game last Thursday against Baltimore certainly created a buzz.
In one quarter, the 6-foot-3 Jones caught six passes for 109 yards and a touchdown totals that have not gone unnoticed. In his Monday Morning Quarterback column this week, Sports Illustrateds Peter King wrote 5,000 yards would be very realistic for quarterback Matt Ryan to reach in passing yards this year. Of course, Jones would be a big part of that. In addition, local sports talk radio ate it up, with commentators noting that that effort was more of what fans expected to see last season.
Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, a four-time Pro-Bowler who led the NFL in targets in 2011, said he has told the coaching staff he doesnt want to be thrown to as much this season. That should create more opportunity for Jones, whom White said he knows the fans appreciate.
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