It was exactly this time last year (Dec. 30) when Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was entering the offseason after missing the final 11 games of 2013 with a foot injury.
He then embraced months of work to return to the player fans remember pre-injury, resulting in his second-career Pro Bowl season.
"My year was good because the other receivers were good, as well," Jones said. "Roddy (White), Harry (Douglas), Devin (Hester) and Eric Weems, those guys did their part, and I started getting one-on-ones (matchups), and I took advantage of it."
If his 2014 season was a canvas, Jones painted quite a masterpiece, highlighted by his record-setting performance in Week 14. The former Alabama wide receiver was unstoppable against the Green Bay Packers, setting a franchise record with 259 receiving yards on 11 catches, including one 22-yard touchdown.
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Also during that epic Monday Night Football performance, Jones set a franchise record for single-season receiving yards (1,428) in just 13 games before finishing the year with 1,593 yards, along with 104 catches and six touchdowns. He tied Eric Metcalf for the third most receptions in a single season by a Falcons receiver and is the fourth player in team history to record 100-plus catches in a season.
Following Sunday's game against Carolina, Jones was asked about his offseason plans and how long it will take him to get over the 6-10 campaign of 2014.
"I just have to get healthy," Jones said. "Everything else is going to take care of itself. The season is over and done now; we just have to move on to the next season by getting healthy, getting back right, getting in shape and moving forward."