When the Falcons gather for OTAs this week, they know wide receiver Julio Jones won’t be with them, as he recovers from foot surgery.
Now the question becomes when he does. While there’s no set timetable, Falcons receivers coach Terry Robiskie was optimistic, with a qualifier, about the return of the star wideout.
“The day I can see him come out and just run and practice at full speed, practice all day and get up the next day and practice again, certainly then I’m going to feel he’s back,” Robiskie said, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. “I think every day, we’ll be out there with him with caution. We’ll be watching him a little bit kind of standing on pins and needles. I think if he jumps in the air to catch the ball, if he jumps on top of some [defensive back] and some DB is under him, you’re nervous.
“But again, I don’t know if it’s necessarily that I’m nervous that Julio is jumping in the air catching the ball. You’re just nervous when one of your guys is jumping up to catch the ball. . . . You’re nervous about two guys and their feet getting tangled up. You’re nervous about their knees getting [knocked].”
There’s some concern that that time might not come until training camp starts. Given the importance of Jones and Roddy White (just look at how their season fell apart last year with injuries), the Falcons shouldn’t be too concerned about June reps for either of them.