Atlanta Falcons star wide receiver Julio Jones was on pace for a mind-blowing third year in 2013, but his season was cut very short by a severe foot injury that he actually played- and thrived- through. Jones has steadily worked his way back into playing shape over the past few months, and he recently stated that while he is close to full strength, he isn’t quite at “full speed” or where he wants to be. As we saw last season, Jones is one of the toughest players in the league, so he holds himself to a high standard of health but can easily play through the pain (he masked it all pretty well last year).
Today, Falcons official site beat writer Reid Ferrin passed along this quote from the Falcons wideout, “I’m definitely to the point where I’m not thinking about my foot….no restrictions.”
Arizona Cardinals star cornerback Patrick Peterson called Julio Jones and Roddy White the best wide receiver duo in the league, and both players will look to prove that this year. Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall were ridiculously good last year as Jeffery broke out, whereas Jones and White struggled to find their form due to injuries. But if you look at Jones’s play before he left for the year and White’s play when he finally recovered from multiple injuries, you’ll see that these guys are right there with the Bears duo. I’d actually take them first, because I think Jones is headed for a monster year as the Falcons top wideout, while White will continue to be as strong as usual.
It’s great to hear that Jones has “no restrictions” on his foot, as he has finally put any inkling of doubt to rest. He was always set to be fully healthy for the Week 1 rivalry tilt against the Super Bowl contending New Orleans Saints, but now he isn’t even “thinking about” the injury as he faces a talented and physical Saints secondary.