Falcons receiver Julio Jones has a knack for flying under the radar. Notwithstanding some of the unfair criticism he endured during the first half of the season, Jones kept quietly racking up receiving yards. There was some concern about Julio going into today’s game. After not practicing Wednesday or Thursday, he was finally able to get in some work on Friday. Then today during the third quarter, Jones hit the 1,400 receiving yards mark for the fifth consecutive season. He passed the 1,400 receiving yards mark with a fourth quarter touchdown reception, his second of the day. For what it’s worth, he’s the first person to ever rack up five consecutive seasons with 1,400+ receiving yards. Not even Jerry Rice did that.
The last time Jones had less than 1,400 receiving yards was during his injury-shortened 2013 campaign. (He only played in five games that year after breaking his foot during a Monday Night Football game against the Jets.) He came into today’s game leading the league with 1,323 receiving yards (Adam Thielen ranked second with 1,166 receiving yards) and currently ranks 41st all-time in receiving yards. He could theoretically eclipse Roddy White (37th all-time) before the season ends.
There’s no denying Jones’ incredible talent. He’s a once in a generation player and I can’t overstate how important he is to this team.