New Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian is looking to get WR Julio Jones more red zone targets this season. "When you have a player like Julio, it's making sure we maximize his opportunities because there is so much double-coverage, there are so many unique coverages that roll his way that when we don't get that, let's make sure he's one of the primary receivers on that play because it is such a tough matchup for anybody one on one," Sarkisian said. Hallelujah! Jones' 9 red zone targets last year ranked 6th on his own team. That number deserves to at least double in 2017. (Jordy Nelson led the league last year with 29 red zone looks.) A spike in TD production should follow for Jones, who scored just 6 times last year.
Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) is targeting the start of training camp for his return to full action. He's spent the offseason recovering from surgery to remove a bunion from his left foot. The procedure had nothing to do with his twice-fractured right foot. “I just had to get something repaired,” Jones said of the March surgery. “That was it. It was light." This particular issue shouldn't be a concern in 2017, although Jones' durability remains a sticking point. He's missed 17 games through 6 NFL seasons. Of course, he's also finished among the top 6 WRs in fantasy points per game in 4 straight years.
Falcons WR Julio Jones is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jones underwent what was deemed a minor foot surgery on March 6. He was in a boot but getting around without crutches at an appearance on Wednesday. “I’m good,” Jones said. "My thing right now is recovery." We'll continue to track his progress. For now, there's no reason to believe the procedure will impact Jones' 2017 campaign.
Falcons WR Julio Jones had what the team calls a "minor foot procedure" on Monday. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that the surgery addressed a bunion that "had bothered him for years." We don't have any details on how long Jones will be sidelined, but this doesn't seem like something that will impact his 2017 season. Still, durability remains an issue for a guy who's missed 17 games over 6 NFL seasons.
Falcons WR Julio Jones told reporters on Tuesday that he'll be evaluated in March to determine if he needs toe surgery. Jones suffered the injury -- either turf toe or a sprain, depending on who you ask -- in Week 13 and missed the next 2 games. He was dominant the rest of the way, though, even despite aggravating the issue in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. We'll keep an eye on whether Jones goes under the knife and how long he's sidelined for. Durability remains a concern for a guy who's missed 17 games over 6 seasons. But Jones has still finished as a top 6 PPR WR in 3 straight years. He'll be an early- to mid-1st-round pick in 2017 fantasy drafts.