Atlanta Falcons: Loss Of Julio Jones Will Cripple Offense

By Robert Cooke
Julio Jones likely out for the season.
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There aren’t many things more embarrassing than losing at home to the New York Jets on Monday Night Football, but the Atlanta Falcons managed to do it, along with losing their most effective playmaker.

Falcons’ wide receiver Julio Jones could very well be out for the season with a foot injury suffered in last night’s game. Before going out, he still produced big numbers, catching eight balls for 99 yards.

Jones is a big play threat on every snap and consistently draws double-teams. His absence will free up defensive backs and cause defenses to blitz a struggling Falcons’ offensive line, leading to more mistakes on offense for the Falcons. He has emerged as one of the NFL‘s premier young talents in his third season with the Falcons.

Losing Jones isn’t just going to leave a void in Matt Ryan‘s passing game, but it’s going to legitimately make the Falcons’ offense mediocre at best. Jones lead the NFL in receiving yards going into last night’s game with 381. Ryan spent three seasons in the league and failed to have didn’t have his first 4,000 yard passing season until the arrival of Jones. That speaks volumes in itself. The Falcons also have a problem running the football, and this will only make matters worse with no clear return date for running back Steven Jackson.

With the additional injury to Falcons’ receiver Roddy White, one can’t look ahead and see the Falcons having any improvement from their 1-4 start. They truly don’t have much depth at the receiver position and might have to look into picking up an unemployed veteran receiver to spark some life into the Falcons’ passing game.

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