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Julio Jones’ hand hindered him in Week Four

Julio Jones, Charles Godfrey AP

There were plenty of stars on the Falcons offense during Sunday’s 30-28 comeback win over the Panthers.

Matt Ryan threw for 369 yards, Michael Turner had 171 total yards and Roddy White had 169 yards and two touchdowns. Conspicuously absent from that list is Julio Jones, who finished the day with just one catch for 30 yards. Jones had eight targets over the course of the afternoon, so it wasn’t a lack of opportunity to make more plays that kept him from joining the rest of the offensive parade.

According to Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, it wasn’t the Panthers defense either. Koetter said that a lacerated right hand suffered in Week Three against the Chargers had a lot to do with Jones’ quiet day.

“He still had eight targets. That’s a fair number; it just didn’t work out. Eight targets and one catch is not a good percentage,” Koetter said, via Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constituiton. “Julio’s hand is not 100 percent. Credit him for playing and running his routes hard. But there’s no doubt, [as] we’ve seen him in some earlier games this year, when he’s 100 percent he will be even more effective.”

The Falcons return to practice on Wednesday and we’ll see whether or not Jones pops up on the practice report. If he does, the good news for the Falcons is that they seem to be able to handle things on days when Jones is at his best.

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20 Responses to “Julio Jones’ hand hindered him in Week Four”
  1. hutch119 says: Oct 2, 2012 8:40 PM

    They should send out a picture, I wanna see this cut.

  2. lightcleric says: Oct 2, 2012 8:44 PM

    Is his hand the reason he stepped out of bounds on an easy touchdown pass with no Panther within 5 yards of him?

  3. kingbeason52 says: Oct 2, 2012 8:56 PM

    Is it not possible that Chris Gamble just shut him down..

  4. captatl says: Oct 2, 2012 8:56 PM

    It was pretty nasty. The web like area between his fingers split and his glove filled with blood. They had to cut the glove off on the sideline and stitch it up.

  5. roddytorock84 says: Oct 2, 2012 9:23 PM

    You could tell he was playing one handed in the SD game. I knew that game he was out there just running distractions. (Even tho he caught a TD after that) it was obviously bothering him. The offense wasn’t doin much when he missed the series he did against SD. I think thats the whole reason he played. He is considered the deep threat so teams like to roll coverages his way.

  6. linvillegorge says: Oct 2, 2012 9:23 PM

    Gamble is the most underrated DB in the NFL. Unfortunately, he’s the only NFL caliber DB on the Panthers’ roster.

  7. skins1982 says: Oct 2, 2012 9:30 PM

    Rg3 and his greatness are hindered by nothing. The division has flipped!!!! You’ve been warned!!!!!!!

  8. nolaisadump says: Oct 2, 2012 9:41 PM

    Just how long are the kitty fans gonna keep whining about this loss?
    Get over it, it is a game. You win some (not many) and you lose some.
    The Falcons have been on a steady rise for the past 4 years.they were pitiful for many years. this year they will make some noise in the playoff.
    The main thing is I know when I go to or watch a game, chances are, they are going to win. This has not always been the case.

  9. brownsclown says: Oct 2, 2012 9:47 PM

    Man, I feel for Julio. I know a NFL receiver, Braylon Edwards, who has had to play his entire career with no feeling in his hands. That’s why they call him ‘hands of stone’.

  10. kane337 says: Oct 2, 2012 9:50 PM

    Get well soon Julio.

  11. iamcline says: Oct 2, 2012 10:24 PM

    Josh Norman wants an explanation.

  12. musicman495 says: Oct 2, 2012 11:14 PM

    Julio Jones’ hands hinder him EVERY week.

  13. jwayne111 says: Oct 2, 2012 11:23 PM

    Man up Julio…represent the ATL.

    What if a lineman had a “lacerated hand” ? pitiful Jones – Please don’t become a Diva ! or is it too late?

  14. Matt Volk says: Oct 2, 2012 11:34 PM

    BS! More like Chris Gamble hindered him!

  15. der6495 says: Oct 3, 2012 1:24 AM

    “Credit him for playing and running his routes hard.”

    Didn’t know we had to credit millionaires for running routes with a cut hand.

  16. daknight93 says: Oct 3, 2012 2:07 AM

    this is a non issue..wrap it up and play football..no excuses!

  17. randallflagg52 says: Oct 3, 2012 3:26 AM

    Matt Ryan will hinder Julio Jones as long as they both are in Atlanta.

  18. bmorefalcon says: Oct 3, 2012 8:47 AM

    Chris Gamble shut down Julio?

    Yeah, that probably happened. It only makes sense since the only team that scores more point than the Panthers every week is whoever they are playing.

    Gamble sucks. That is why you NEVER hear about him. Ever.

  19. falconspiker says: Oct 3, 2012 9:33 AM

    4-0 girls

  20. b1unt3d says: Oct 3, 2012 11:50 AM

    Some of these comments are pretty hilarious. Jealousy and nothing more.

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    musicman495 says:
    Julio Jones’ hands hinder him EVERY week.

    Every week huh? Even week 1 when he has 108 yards and 2 touchdowns?

    randallflagg52 says:
    Matt Ryan will hinder Julio Jones as long as they both are in Atlanta.

    Oh really? He sure seemed to hinder Roddy White on Sunday, didn’t he? You do realize he has the best QB rating in the league right?

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