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.
The first quarter of the 2014 season has come and gone. During the preseason, Falcons star WR Julio Jones made his field debut against the Houston Texans after suffering a season-ending foot injury in 2013, playing only five games. Since the start of the season, however, Jones has showed no signs of last season's injury and has given the team an offensive boost with 29 receptions for 447 yards, and three touchdowns.
USA TODAY sports writer Nate Davis has Jones listed in the No. 2 spot for comeback player of the year after the first four games of the year, behind Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne. Davis wrote that "only (Green Bay Packers WR Jordy) Nelson's numbers are better among wideouts than Jones'."
If Jones continues this level of play, averaging the same numbers he did in the first quarter of the season, he could come away with a career high 116 receptions for 1,788 yards and 12 touchdowns, and quite possibly grab the No. 1 spot as the 2014 Comeback Player of the Year.