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Steve Sarkisian wants to “maximize” Julio Jones’ red zone opportunities

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New Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian said recently that he hopes to do more than maintain the offensive production that left Atlanta as the league’s highest-scoring team last season.

Sarkisian said his goal is to improve on those results and he outlined one of the ways he thinks the team can do that on Wednesday. Sarkisian said that he’d like to see the ball go wide receiver Julio Jones‘ way more often when the team is in the red zone.

Jones had four catches and two touchdowns on eight red zone targets last year. Some of that was due to increased attention from defenses, something that Sarkisian noted while saying he wants to find ways for Jones to make an impact when the chance presents itself.

“I think, No. 1, they were still very good in the red zone,” Sarkisian said, via ESPN.com. “But 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.”

The Falcons were ninth in the league in red zone conversions last year, so there’s some room to grow on that front even if it looks like more of the same would work just fine in Atlanta.

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5 Responses to “Steve Sarkisian wants to “maximize” Julio Jones’ red zone opportunities”
  1. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Jun 8, 2017 12:04 PM

    “The Randy Ratio 2.0”

  2. svanablak says: Jun 8, 2017 12:22 PM

    They also need to make use of his skills on deeper routes, also! He’s 6-3 and runs a 4.3/40! He should be killin’ teams on the GO route!

  3. smartcollegefootball says: Jun 8, 2017 12:33 PM

    Go get ’em, Sark!

  4. burtmustin says: Jun 8, 2017 12:58 PM

    Be different than Kyle. If Julio has just made a sensational catch late in the fourth quarter of the Superbowl and you are now on the 22 yard line and you are up by eight points-it’s ok to have your kicker attempt a field goal.

  5. nyctraffic says: Jun 9, 2017 1:52 PM

    Yet another fatal SB error for Atlanta. Julio should have caught more than 4 passes. Shameful not to utilize the most dangerous weapon in the NFL when the stakes were so high. He could have taken over the 4th quarter if they’d thrown it to him more, and really it wouldn’t have mattered if he was double teamed or not.

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