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New cleats help Jones find comfort zone

July, 31, 2014

By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones said specially designed cleats have helped him find a comfort zone after he fractured his right foot for a second time last season.

Jones said Under Armour designed the shoe almost immediately after he suffered the injury in a Week 5 loss to the New York Jets last season.

"Under Armour, they built me a cleat from the ground up," Jones explained. "It's good. It's working good for me. They made it wider. A steel shank in the bottom of it as well. So, it's real good. They made a great cleat for me. ... (The steel shank), it's the whole bottom plate."

Jones was asked if it took a while to get used to the new shoes.

"No, no, not at all," he said. "Put anything on my feet. Football is football, man. I've been playing it for so long. I just had to have something that's comfortable. I can break in anything, once you wear them long enough. But it wasn't hard to get used to at all."

Jones signed a contract with Under Armour immediately before the 2011 NFL draft. New teammate Devin Hester was with the same company while with the Chicago Bears.

Jones said he feels 100 percent coming off foot surgery, although the Falcons continue to take a cautious approach with him throughout training camp. He has been given every other day off practice.

The receiver said he is unsure how much he'll play in the team's exhibition games, starting with an Aug. 8 home matchup with the Miami Dolphins.

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Jones said Under Armour designed the shoe almost immediately after he suffered the injury in a Week 5 loss to the New York Jets last season.

"Under Armour, they built me a cleat from the ground up," Jones explained. "It's good. It's working good for me. They made it wider. A steel shank in the bottom of it as well. So, it's real good. They made a great cleat for me. ... (The steel shank), it's the whole bottom plate."

This impresses me a lot. The fact that they immediately went to Under Armor to have the shoe designed right after the game is awesome news. Protect that investment!

I think " The Steel Shank " might be a good new nickname for Mr. Quintorris Jones.

I am really impressed I can't say it enough. Very cool!

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