News flash: Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu have been very good through two games. Look at these sexy stat lines. Just look at them!
Julio Jones: 9 receptions, 174 yards, 19.3 yards per reception
Mohamed Sanu: 11 receptions, 132 yards, 12.0 yards per reception
These are your two leading receivers in 2017, accounting for more than a third of Matt Ryan’s total completions and like 40% of his total yards. Julio has been reeling them in deep and dominating hapless defenders en route to more yards after the catch, as he so often does. Sanu, meanwhile, has proven to be even more reliable than he was a year ago, and he’s been excellent at finding a way to get open, reel in contested catches, and fight his way forward for extra yardage. The two of them have been difficult to stop, and given that Atlanta also has an elite rushing attack, Taylor Gabriel, and Austin Hooper, that’s problematic for your average opposing defense.
But let’s put this in an even larger, more impressive context, at least if you put any stock into Pro Football Focus at all. Because Julio and Sanu also happen to be the #2 and #4 highest-graded receivers in the NFL through two games. Julio’s only behind Antonio Brown, a fellow great.
WRs that have dominated so far pic.twitter.com/oVQYEkixXb— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 22, 2017
This isn’t likely to continue all year—there are some great receivers, and Sammy Watkins is currently breaking out in Los Angeles, to pick one example—but Julio should be one of the league’s elite receivers throughout. Sanu, if he continues to look this good, should be one of the game’s better second options. That plus an MVP-caliber quarterback will give you one of the best passing attacks in the NFL, and if the Falcons continue to look sharp on defense, you might want to start setting aside some time in January, at minimum.