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Julio Jones is having a dominant 2014, may be better than ever

Fact: Julio Jones is terrified of peanut butter

Kevin C. Cox

Julio Jones goes down last season, and we all feared the worst. Even if he made it back in time for the 2014 season, would he be the same? Was this a career-altering turn of events?

So as the off-season progressed, we watched, we hoped, we prayed to our voodoo dolls. And he progressed. He improved. We had hope. Then 2014 happened, where our expectations were met, exceeded, and blown out of the water.

"He's playing at a very high level," White said. "We're going to expect him to play like that every game [...] [h]is concepts and grasp for the game, and understanding coverage and what defenses are trying to do to (him), is at a very high level right now. So, he's going to be a tough guard. It's going to be hard for anybody to guard him; how he's playing and how confident he is right now."

It's hard to understate Jones' potential. The fact that he came back stronger after the injury speaks volumes. Not much you can do about a foot that broke the titanium screw holding it together. But Jones didn't sit back and just wait for the foot to heal. He worked out, he studied film, he kept that team-first mentality. And now it's paying dividends.