When Julio Jones skipped past 107 yards in the second quarter today, he didn’t just continue to put together one of his best halves of the 2017 season, one that has featured over 130 yards and two touchdowns. He also compiled more yardage in his 90th game than any receiver in NFL history has done through the same number.
I don’t have to tell you how special that is, or how spectacular Jones has been. In a relatively quiet year, he has still been the team’s most dangerous weapon on offense, and against a depleted Tampa Bay pass defense #11 has been nothing less than stellar. His current pace puts him on track to someday surpass every other receiver in yardage if he can just stay healthy, and there’s little doubt he’s the best receiver Atlanta has ever had. With his unique blend of skills, he may be the best the NFL has ever seen outside of Jerry Rice and Randy Moss, period.
Julio Jones is, in short, a Hall of Fame talent we are blessed to watch. May he continue to eat in the second half.