With the sixth pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons selected WR Julio Jones who quickly became a top target for QB Matt Ryan and a leader on the Falcons offense.
There may not be a more soft-spoken player in the NFL than Falcons WR Julio Jones, who chooses to let his actions speak volumes above his calm, off-the-field tone. Four games into his fourth NFL season, Jones quietly ranks second in the league with 447 receiving yards; his 29 grabs and three TDs lead the team and his yards-per-reception average is 15.4, the longest catch being the 40-yard score against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3.
The former Alabama star approaches each Sunday contest like a game of chess, always two or three moves ahead of his opponent. All of the NFL greats are known for their meticulous film study, conditioning and practice routines, each helping to elevate their games to the next level; Jones is no different, scheming ways to exploit a defense, whenever the situation presents itself.
"A lot of teams have been two-manning me, kind of leaving a corner underneath," Jones said. "The Giants have a talented secondary and we'll probably get some chances in there, with some one-on-one matchups (on Sunday)."
Such off-the-field preparation has paid off for Jones in his career, including against the G-Men; in two-career games against the Giants (1-1), Jones has 13 receptions for 138 yards and two TDs.