FOXBOROGUH– Julio Jones became the second fastest player to reach 8,000 receiving yards on Sunday night. And after being held to zero touchdowns through five games, Jones found his way into the end zone in the most "Julio Jones" way.
Jones leaped over Patriots' cornerback Malcom Butler and snatched the ball out of his hands for the 1-yard score in the fourth quarter with a little over five minutes to play.
"It's just routine," Jones recalled of the play. "It wasn't [anything] hard or difficult about the play. We just worked the matchup. Just throw me the jump ball."
Jones, one of the most physical receivers in the game, showed just why he's a matchup nightmare for opponents. Not only can he take off downfield with his blazing speed, his strength allows him to make plays out of the ordinary.
Whether it was short yardage completions or his ability to stretch the field as Matt Ryan's deep threat target of the night, the Pro Bowl receiver was everywhere. Jones finished the game with nine catches on 13 targets for 99 yards and one touchdown.