Falcons in “great spot” with Julio Jones

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Wide receiver Julio Jones hasn’t been working with the Falcons in their offseason program and he generated some attention last week when he stripped his Instagram account of pictures of him in the team’s uniform, but neither are a cause for concern for the team.

General Manager Thomas Dimitroff took wide receiver Calvin Ridley in the first round, but that move is designed to complement Jones rather than shake anything up in their wide receiver group. Dimitroff said that the team feels comfortable about its relationship with Jones “and how he perceives everything.”

“Julio and the organization are doing very well,” Dimitroff said, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. “I’m not concerned one bit about any of the social media. I think we’re in a great spot. He had very good discussions with [coach] Dan [Quinn]. And we’re in a great spot.”

Jones has seen his average salary per year fall behind receivers like Mike Evans and Sammy Watkins when they signed new deals this offseason, but there’s been no public comment about wanting a bump from the $14.25 million average from the deal he signed in 2015.

5 responses to “Falcons in “great spot” with Julio Jones

  1. Julio? Yeah, I traded an entire class for him. A whole season? I don’t think it’s fair to expect him to play every game.

  2. Having a HIGH QUALITY #2 wide receiver benefits Matt Ryan… AND… Julio Jones.

    Atlanta’s management now see they overpaid for Mohamed Sanu (no separation and poor route running). Sanu is a selfless, high character guy who works hard and is valuable in the run game… but… not a high quality #2 wr.

    1st round pick wide receiver Calvin Ridley is Atlanta’s attempt to give Matt Ryan the one two punch he hasn’t had since Roddy White (one two three w/ Hall of Fame juicer Tony Gonzalez).

  3. Falcons should put a little cherry on top of Julio’s contract. It won’t take much. He’s always been such a team guy. Drafting Ridley is great, but these WRs take a year or two to get find their way in the NFL. By the time Ridley hits year three, Julio & Ryan will hopefully be healthy and capable of a championship. It’s all good in the ATL!

  4. Yeah sure you are. Imagine what Julio could do with a real QB. Probably what he is thinking too.

  5. What’s the old saying? That the best ability is avail-ability? That’s an ability that Julio has lacked throughout his career. I don’t blame them one bit for looking for another guy to potentially replace him. Oh sure, they’ll say all the right things to smooth him over, but everyone knows they need to start grooming another #1 WR.

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