Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
|WR - #4||31.00||ATL||Active||5 years||26||6'3||220||@juliojones_11|
2014 Outlook: Stud (low risk)Last updated on Jun-26-2014 by Rusty Reeves
COMEBACK PLAYER CANDIDATE: Jones was on his way to a monster season last year, averaging eight catches for 116 yards through the Falcons first five games. Then, he broke his foot and never saw the field agaiN. Jones is one of the elite talents at the wide receiver position and all reports are communicating he will be back to 100-percent by the start of the season. Jones is a Top 5 WR in any format and should get back to doing what it took to crack 1,000 yards and 10 TDs in 2012 (more than likely surpassing those totals greatly). Now 25 years old, Jones should be entering his athletic prime. He must stay healthy. Another injury-plagued season would practically destroy his fantasy value into the years to come.
Editor's note: The former Crimson Tide receiver skipped OTAs. He probably won't participate in training camp either. This should be a concern since he will have to knock the rust off during the regular season, but Jones is just so talented and athletic that it may not even matter.
The Falcons continued to cut salary on the offensive side of the ball by letting go of wide receiver Harry Douglas on Friday. Douglas, 30, is one season removed from an 85-catch, 1,000-yard campaign. However, those numbers dropped to 51 and 556, respectively, this past season. Douglas also missed a month of action due to a foot injury. His release saves Atlanta $3.5 million and comes one day after the team cut running back Steven Jackson.Fantasy Analysis:
Although he will turn 31 in September, I'm kind of intrigued to see where Douglas plays next. In 2013, when Julio Jones and Roddy White were injured, he proved that he could produce as an offense's No. 1 wideout. During the three games when Julio and Roddy were both inactive, Douglas caught 22 passes for 352 yards. In Week 13 of this season, while White was nursing a sore ankle, Douglas gained 116 yards on nine receptions versus the Cardinals. Two weeks later, as Jones was absent due to a bad hip, Douglas provided 131 yards on 10 receptions against the Steelers.
He'll never be a huge source of touchdowns -- he's 6 feet tall and has tallied eight receiving TDs in six years -- but Douglas is a quality backup who could have fantasy value if those in front of him fall. All he needs is an injury to occur. And a good quarterback. And a pass-first playcaller. But he shouldn't be unemployed for long.
I doubt the Falcons will happily move forward with Devin Hester as their No. 3 WR. They will make an addition via the free-agent market and/or the draft.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors2/27 - Falcons cut WR Harry Douglas
2/4 - Falcons HC Dan Quinn wants WR Julio Jones on his team for long haul
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|2.02||FFToolbox - Scott - Welcome back Julioooooo. The Falcon offense will get back on track with a WR that has 15 TD potential.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|2.01||SiriusXM Fantasy - Julio Jones was on a torrid pace last season before a injury to his foot sidelined him, a healthy Jones will finish as a Top 5 WR|
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