Julio Jones: Why Torching Indy's Defense Doesn't Mean the WR Has Arrived Yet

Andrew McCluskeyCorrespondent INovember 8, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 01:  Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons pulls in this reception against  Jameel McClain #53 of the Baltimore Ravens at Georgia Dome on September 1, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Atlanta Falcons rookie wide receiver Julio Jones put on a highlight-reel performance this weekend against the Indianapolis Colts.

He left both Falcons fans and his fantasy owners very happy. Jones seemed to prove his worth after the Falcons gave up a boat load for the right to draft him. 

While the performance was impressive, I'm not quite ready to say that Jones has "arrived". 

Jones has all the tools to become a dominant force in the league. He has the size at 6'3" and 220 pounds, and the skill set to give opposing secondaries nightmares. 

He is second in receiving for rookies only to the Bengals A.J. Green, another player who appears to be another star in the making. 

My major issue with Jones' coming-out party is his lack of consistency. Aside from the Colts game, Jones has had two big games this season.

The first came against Tampa Bay, where he caught six passes for 115 yards and the second was against Seattle, where he grabbed 11 balls for 127 yards.

Even though he didn't score any touchdowns, these are two clear examples of dominant play. He was in on multiple passing plays and didn't benefit from a couple big plays. 

Jones' performance against the Colts was impressive on paper. However, actually watching the game tells a different story.

The first touchdown grab was lofted up for grabs by Matt Ryan and Jones was the only one who saw it. It was certainly a nice catch, but more luck than an impressive play getting open.

The second was another blown coverage by the Colts. 

Two huge plays put together his entire day. They were indeed crucial plays in the game, but more because of the Colts' defense than Jones.

The Colts have the 28th-ranked passing defense in the league. They haven't been able to slow down anyone's passing game, so it comes at no surprise that Jones was able to get breaks on some huge plays. 

Don't get me wrong, I think that Jones is going to be a force in this league for years to come, but I'm just not ready to crown him after a misleading performance against a subpar defense. 

Julio Jones' time will come, but for now Falcons fans will need to be patient.