Atlanta Falcons Training Camp: Julio Jones Looks Like Second Coming of Terrell Owens

By Ryan Heckman


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On Tuesday, NFL Network’s “Inside Training Camp Live” featured one of the most talented wide receivers in the league right now, Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons. Jones told Deion Sanders that he was in fact not the team’s number one wideout, saying that instead that title belonged to teammate Roddy White.

Add humility to the long list of things this kid does right.

So far at training camp, one of the biggest crowd-pleasers has been the route-running of Jones. Ian Rapoport of gave a great description, saying that Jones is running routes as if he is less than 6-feet tall.

The 6’3” 220-pound Jones possesses all three of the top qualities every wideout covets. He has the speed to blow past corners, the power to shed attempted tackles of his opposing defensive backs and the agility to take a short pass to the house while weaving his way past defenders.

One could make the argument that Jones is starting to look more and more like the second coming of Terrell Owens — of course, in his prime and not the present state. Chris Wesseling of first made a similar comparison and I am beginning to buy into it completely.

The scary thing about Jones is that he’s only coming into his third year as a pro. Both quarterback Matt Ryan and head coach Mike Smith think he looks better than ever and is improving at quite the rapid pace.

Although training camp is only meaningful to an extent, it sure looks like Jones is making the most of it and sending strong messages not only to his team but around the league. He is here to dominate the NFL in 2013 and I don’t see anybody stopping him.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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