Julio Jones on Doubters After Trade to Titans: 'I Know What I Have in the Tank'

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJune 10, 2021

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - NOVEMBER 08: Davontae Harris #27 of the Denver Broncos attempts to tackle Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Julio Jones is confident in his abilities after his recent trade from the Atlanta Falcons to the Tennessee Titans.

"I know what I have in the tank. ... I'm young ... still fast, still strong," Jones told reporters Thursday, per Joe Rexrode of The Athletic. "...Stay tuned."

The 32-year-old provided a brief taste of his agility during practice with his new team Thursday:

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Jones was in and out of the lineup last season due to a hamstring injury, eventually missing seven games. He believes the problem was trying to come back too soon, but he is now healthy.

Even with the missed time, Jones was productive when on the field. He finished with 51 catches for 771 yards and three touchdowns, ranking seventh in the NFL with 85.7 receiving yards per game.

The seven-time Pro Bowler has been even better in the past with a career average of 95.5 yards per game that ranks as the most in NFL history.

Tennessee is banking on this type of production to continue after trading a 2022 second-round and 2023 fourth-round selections in exchange for Jones and a 2023 sixth-round pick. The Titans already went 11-5 last season and added one of the top playmakers of the last decade to an offense that also features Derrick Henry and A.J. Brown.

When asked about those options, Jones told reporters it's "pick your poison" for opposing defenses.

"If you to stay in the box, put nine in the box. A guy like Derrick Henry in the backfield, you got to respect him," Jones said. "So then, that's when me and A.J. go to work outside. Then if you only got eight in the box, Derrick gonna go to work in the backfield. Great offensive line, things like that. Scheme, stuff like that. I mean, you just gotta pick your poison at the end of the day."

As Jones noted, those matchup problems give Ryan Tannehill a lot of options heading into 2021.