One NFL coordinator's thought process included a unique description of Jones' game.
"He's an avatar," the coach said per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. "There's only one of him."
The 6'3", 220-pound Jones has amassed no fewer than 1,394 receiving yards in each of his last six seasons, including a career-high (and NFL-high) 1,871 in 2015. He snagged an NFL-best 136 passes that year as well.
Jones has led the league in receiving yards per game three times and yards from scrimmage once during his nine-year career, all of which has been in Atlanta.
Jones has received praise from some of the game's all-time greatest players, including Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald:
The stats supporting Jones' case as the game's best wideout are numerous, with a few examples below:
Ryan Michael 🏈 @theryanmichael
Since 2013: #JulioJones has, get this, AVERAGED 110 receptions for 1,644 yards every 16 games. That is more than Randy Moss’ career high of 1,632 in 2003. That’s what Julio has AVERAGED, every year, for nearly a decade. Every compliment you’ve heard has underrated him. ✈️ https://t.co/bYIztPAQBo
Jones edged New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas, who set an NFL record with 149 receptions last season, for the No. 1 spot. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, a three-time All-Pro, took third.
The ex-Alabama star, who went sixth overall in the 2011 NFL draft, will look to have his seventh consecutive 1,300-yard season beginning Sunday, Sept. 13, when the Falcons host the Seattle Seahawks to kick off their campaign.