Julio Jones doesn’t expect to be full speed until camp

AP

The Falcons are waiting for wide receiver Julio Jones’ foot to heal enough for him to make a full return to the practice field, but it doesn’t sound like that is going to happen until the team gathers for training camp this summer.

Atlanta has OTAs this week and their mandatory minicamp next week, which doesn’t leave Jones much time to take part in a full practice before the offseason program comes to an end and he told SI.com that he doesn’t expect that his recovery will come to an end before that point. Jones is confident that the extended rehab time isn’t putting anything at risk come the regular season.

“Week One, I’ll be ready to go,” Jones said.

Jones sounded some optimistic notes about his condition. He said that he’s been running routes and that his foot “feels really good” when he plants on it while going through his workouts. He’s working on getting his stamina back up after such a long spell out of action, which is good news for an Atlanta team that will likely lean heavily on the talented receiver they missed so much last season.

14 responses to “Julio Jones doesn’t expect to be full speed until camp

  1. Julio Jones is an example of why you don’t mortgage the farm to trade up for a wide receiver.

  2. I’m still hoping and waiting for Julio to live up to the hype. He was definitely on path last year to exceeding anyone’s expectations, and sounds like a good guy in interviews. I wish him the best this year and hope he has a huge bounce-back season to help silence the critics.

  3. Julio is a beast but that foot injury has got to be worrying the Falcons.

    The trade up for him was a failure. Not because Julio isn’t a great player but because the Falcons thought they were “one player away” and last year is proof they are far from it.

  4. I don’t wish injury on anyone, but since July Jones went to ‘Bama and is a Falcon, and I’m an Auburn and Panthers fan, I’m certainly not rooting for him. Maybe JJ and DeCoud can have a “meeting of the minds” on a pass play this year and stir up some controversy. 🙂

  5. I’m not sure how anyone can say that the trade was terrible. Julio is a tremendous athlete and person. He was/is well worth the trade and his numbers this year will prove it.

  6. There aren’t many game changers at his position that also aren’t complete basket cases on and off the field. He was and still is worth the trade. Just look at what Cleveland still has left from that trade.

  7. Julio just needs to be ready for the Season Opener.

    I dont see how all these teams do the OTAs and mini-camp and the play with the exception of about 8 teams, keeps getting worse and worse

    The teams that are going to be good, are going to be good with or without OTAs and mini-camps. Theres a reason bad teams stay bad, their players stink.

    Only thing that can happen in these things are bad, see Sean Lee out for the year for what, a BSmeaningless workout.

  8. Matt Ryan without Julio is average. With him he’s within a mile of elite.

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