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.
Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones doesn't take losing well. He doesn't glaze over dropped passes well, either. Regardless if a game is close or not, if a ball is thrown in his direction, his expectation is to use his 9-and-3/4-inch-sized hands to pull in the pass from Matt Ryan. Despite recording 11 receptions for 119 yards in last week's 27-17 win, Jones remains his own biggest critic.
"I'm tough on myself," Jones said. "I'm really tough on myself. I always try to go out there and be perfect on every play."
When things don't go his way and would-be receptions turn into dropped opportunities, the team's 2014 leader in receptions (61) and receiving yards (853) goes right back to the drawing board.
"When I go back home (and watch game film), I think to myself, 'I should've done this; I should've done that,' " Jones said. "I have to make the plays when they're there and do it consistently."
If you're a fan of numbers, Sunday's Week 11 game in Carolina will be the fourth time Jones will lace up the cleats to face the Panthers. He's 2-1 against Carolina, totaling nine receptions for 200 yards (22.22 avg.) and three touchdowns.