The Atlanta Falcons signed their star receiver to a shiny new contract in preseason, and he thanked them by putting together the best season of his career. Julio Jones was nearly unstoppable in 2015, earning himself his first All-Pro nod and third Pro Bowl invitation en route to launching himself into the record books. Let's jump into Jones' magnificent season, shall we?
A record-setting year
Jones was spectacular in 2014, setting career highs in both receptions (104) and yards (1,593). In 2015, he was even better as he finished the season with 136 receptions for 1,871 yards and eight touchdowns. Those 136 catches are tied with Antonio Brown for the second-most in league history, trailing only Marvin Harrison's 143. The 1,871 receiving yards also rank second to Calvin Johnson's 1,964. His numbers also set franchise records.
By his own admission, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was chiefly concerned with how to get the football in Jones' hands. It's not a bad philosophy when you consider the Falcons lacked pass catchers behind Jones. It's also what made the receiver's year more impressive as he still performed with opposing defenses keying in on him.
Jones signed a five-year, $71.25 million contract extension prior to the start of the 2015 season. He expects to be a Falcon for his entire career and Arthur Blank has expressed the same sentiment.
Outlook for 2016
Even if the Falcons add more complementary receiving threats, Jones is going to command the bulk of the targets. However, bringing in another player who is able to stretch the field could make Jones even deadlier in 2016.