MagnusXXIII Posted August 10, 2011 Share Posted August 10, 2011 Falcons rookie Jones could pose problems for Bears Julio Jones brings an explosive new element to the Falcons' offense. (US Presswire Photo)By Dan PompeiTribune reporter8:36 a.m. CDT, August 10, 2011FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- There is something different about the Atlanta Falcons -- the season-opening opponent of the Chicago Bears -- and it doesn’t take long to notice it.The something different -- 6-3, 233-pound receiver Julio Jones -- is making plays all over the practice field in training camp.Soldier Field “You can’t tell he’s a rookie,” Falcons middle linebacker Curtis Lofton says of the wide receiver. “He’s that good.”The early read is Jones is exactly what Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff hoped for when he traded two first-round picks, a second-round pick and two fourth-round picks to move up 21 spots in the draft to select Jones with the sixth overall pick in the April draft.Had the Falcons not been able to swing the deal and had they stayed put at 27, the player they were targeting was Gabe Carimi, who went two spots later to the Bears. Jones can impact games in ways Carimi couldn’t dream of. But he says he won’t feel the pressure of high expectations.“It’s football,” Jones said. “I’m a football player. I can’t do anything superhuman. I’m not going to do anything crazy. I’m going to work hard every day, just try to get better.”If Jones could be superhuman, he would figure out how to learn the Falcons offense on short order. He said he has been working with quarterback Matt Ryan since June on getting their timing down, but since camp has begun Jones has had a lot thrown at him.He took the first rep of camp with the first team, and everyone expects that he will be in the starting lineup on opening day Sept. 11 in Soldier Field against the Bears.“The difficult thing is knowing everything,” Jones said. “There are big installs every day. I know the majority of the plays, but there are so many different formations. I can sit here and tell you the play, but you have to know play, the split, and what the defense doing. It comes so fast. I have to think about it a little bit.”It has helped Jones that his teammates have embraced him. Ryan typically pulls him aside before practice and goes over plays. And the veteran receivers on the team also have tried to guide him.Jones believes he’ll know what he has to know when he has to know it.“I will be ready for the opener in Chicago,” he said. “Definitely.” Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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