Sure, Julio Jones is not pleased with the Falcons’ 1-7 record at the midway point of the season. But that doesn’t mean the Pro Bowl wide receiver is ready to recap his feelings on the season yet.
The thought hasn’t even crossed his mind.
Jones is focused on Atlanta’s next game and that happens to be against the New Orleans Saints (7-1).
“It’s not a disappointing season for me because we’re not where we want to be at, but the season isn’t over, so I can’t speak on if the season is disappointing or however it is,” Jones said on Thursday. “For me, it’s just the next game, that mentality to always stay ready.”
No matter the opponent, no matter the record, Jones’ preparation remains the same. He’s meticulous about putting his body through the same routine each week to ensure he’s ready to go.
Perhaps that is one of the main reasons he’s enjoyed such a successful career.
“It’s a process, you can’t get bored with it, regardless of the outcome of the game,” Jones said. “If you go out there and play your best and do your best, that’s all we ask of each guy out here, each and every day. To have that mentality about everything.”
Jones and Atlanta’s passing attack will go up against one of the NFL’s best defenses this season. Over the past few seasons, Jones has been accustomed to seeing Saints’ cornerback Marshon Lattimore lined up against him.
Lattimore has become one of the league’s top cornerbacks quickly as he was named the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year after his performance in the 2017 season.
In three seasons with the Saints, Lattimore has recorded eight interceptions and five forced fumbles.
Jones is coming off one of his best performances of the season. Against the Seahawks in Week 8, he caught 10 passes for 152 yards.
On the year, Jones has caught 50 passes for 712 yards and four touchdowns.
Back to work. We play the Saints on Sunday. Take a look at the best practice images in this gallery, presented by Quikrete.