Atlanta Falcons

Julio Jones Will Put Up Big Numbers Against New York Jets, Despite Knee Injury

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 20:  Wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons looks on after making a catch in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on January 20, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIOctober 6, 2013

Julio Jones has been dealing with a knee injury over the past week, but that won't keep the Atlanta Falcons star receiver from putting up some big numbers against the New York Jets.

Despite all of the injury concerns with Jones this season, he hasn't slowed down at any point.  So far this season, he's had 33 receptions for 481 yards and two touchdowns through four games.  He turned up a solid performance despite playing hobbled last week, catching six balls for 108 yards, including a 49-yard bomb.

As of right now, according to the Falcons official injury report, Jones is listed as questionable.  However, if you look more closely at the report, Jones has practiced Thursday, Friday and Saturday on a limited basis.  

Usually when a player is limited, it's a good sign he's ready to go.  It helps Jones' chances even more due to the fact that he's playing on Monday Night Football and has been listed as questionable every week since Week 2.

A hobbled Jones is still better than most receivers.  We saw him go for 1,198 yards and 10 touchdowns on 79 catches last season, making him one of the most deadly deep-threats in the NFL.

This week, the Falcons will be going up against the Jets, an ideal matchup for Jones.  Despite allowing just 203.8 passing yards per game, the Jets secondary looked awfully vulnerable last week against the Tennessee Titans.  The Titans combined for 244 yards and four touchdowns through the air.  Their top receiver, Nate Washington, went off for 105 yards and two touchdowns.

According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), two of the Jets worst graded players have been Antonio Cromartie and Dee Milliner.  Cromartie is tied for last with a -3.3 grade that includes -7.1 in pass coverage while Dee Milliner has a grade of -2.0.

This is a must-win game for the Falcons, who are just 1-3 to start the year.  They're likely going to play very aggressive in this game and continue to air it out, with Matt Ryan looking for Jones often.

We all know just how good Jones is, and based off of this matchup, he's going to have yet another big game to continue his fantastic 2013 season.

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