Julio Jones is really good at football. We all know that; we’re all privileged to watch him go to work every Sunday in the Fall. Pro Football Focus went a step further in telling us this when they announced that he has the best PFF score among wide receivers since 2006.
Julio Jones: 94.7 career PFF grade— PFF (@PFF) March 26, 2020
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Jones has routinely shined in a myriad of PFF statistics — most notably leading the league PFF’s yards per route run stat, which divides the number of yards a wide receiver racks up by the total number of routes he runs in a season, four straight years between 2015 and 2018.
Julio has finished in the top four in yards per route run every year since 2014. He was on pace to finish first in 2013 had he not gotten injured after five games that season.
Jones has registered an overall PFF grade of 89.8 or higher every year since 2014. He has finished in the top five among wide receivers in total first down catches every year since 2014 as well.
Julio finished second behind only Chris Godwin in overall PFF score among WRs in 2019. He has registered within the top five in overall PFF score among WRs every year since 2014 and within the top three every year since 2015, topping the WR charts in 2016 and 2017.
In his career, number 11 has racked up 12,125 receiving yards and 57 touchdowns. He was the fastest WR ever to reach the 12,000 receiving yards mark (needing 17 fewer games than Jerry Rice) and is first in NFL history in receiving yards per game.
Julio Jones is the best wide receiver of his generation. PFF’s numbers back this statement up and so does the eye test, as well as testimonials from numerous opposite cornerbacks who have had to defend him (Xavier Rhodes; Richard Sherman). The fact that he’s only been named a First-Team All-Pro selection twice in his career is a testament to just foolish press organizations and media members can be when they try getting too cute with the votes they cast.