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     Julio Jones/Jerry Rice -  9 Years In

Jerry Rice, Julio Jones, Falcons

                                                        LET THE DEBATE BEGIN


This was fun to look into.  If you look at everything except TD’s, it is clear that Julio has been better through his first 9 seasons.  It’s almost laughable that he has been voted  1st Team All Pro just twice.

Year 1: EDGE -- Julio Jones

Jerry Rice 1985 Season: 49 receptions, 927 yards, 3 TD’s and 18.9 ypc

Julio Jones 2011 season:  54 receptions, 959 yards, 8 TD’s and 17.9 ypc.  

 

 

Year 2  EDGE -- Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice 1986 season:  86 receptions, 1570 yards, 15 TD’s and 18.3 ypc

Julio Jones 2012 season:  79 receptions, 1198 yards,  10 TD’s and 15.2 ypc.  


 

Year 3 EDGE -- Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice 1987 season:  65 receptions, 1078 yards, 22 TD’s and 16.6 ypc

Julio Jones 2013 season:  41 receptions, 580 yards,  2 TD’s and 15.2 ypc.  

     * Jones likely wins this year if not for injury

     * Rice had 22 TD’s in just 12 games...lol

 

Year 4 EDGE -- Julio Jones

Jerry Rice 1988 season:  64 receptions, 1306 yards, 9 TD’s and 20 ypc

Julio Jones 2014 season:  104 receptions, 1593 yards,  6 TD’s and 15.3 ypc.  

     * Jones played 1 less game than Rice in year 4
 

Year 5 EDGE -- Julio Jones

Jerry Rice 1989 season:  82 receptions, 1483 yards, 17 TD’s and 18.1 ypc

Julio Jones 2015 season:  136 receptions, 1871 yards,  8 TD’s and 13.8 ypc.

 

 

Year 6 EDGE -- Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice 1990 season:  100 receptions, 1503 yards, 13 TD’s and 15.0  ypc

Julio Jones 2016 season:  84 receptions, 1409 yards,  6 TD’s and 17.0 ypc.

 

Year 7 EDGE -- Julio Jones

Jerry Rice 1991 season:  80 receptions, 1206 yards, 15 TD’s and 14.1ypc

Julio Jones 2017 season:  88 receptions, 1444  yards,  3 TD’s and 16.4 ypc.


 

Year 8 EDGE -- Julio Jones

Jerry Rice 1992 season:  84 receptions, 1201 yards, 10 TD’s and 14.3 ypc

Julio Jones 2018 season:  113 receptions, 1677 yards,  8 TD’s and 14.8 ypc.

 

 

Year 9 EDGE -- Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice 1993 season:  98 receptions, 1503  yards, 15 TD’s and 15.3 ypc

Julio Jones 2019 season:  99 receptions, 1394  yards,  6 TD’s and 14.1 ypc.

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To me, Rice is the best player in NFL history and there is nobody close to him. He has records that IMO will never be broken. If there was ever a definitive GOAT, it's him.  Also, I think Rice is

I don't know man, hard for me to agree JJ had a better year when Rice has a higher YPC and double the TD's, more catches/yards or not.  Honestly, Rice's TD's are insane, and considering one of th

Found this in an article from 2018: Forty-seven players have surpassed 10,000 career receiving yards in NFL history. Those 47 players are distributed fairly evenly by volume after the 10,000-yard

I don't know man, hard for me to agree JJ had a better year when Rice has a higher YPC and double the TD's, more catches/yards or not. 

Honestly, Rice's TD's are insane, and considering one of the stats always praised on JJ's side is his YPC, Rice's stats are also crazy there. Truly the best NFL player of all time, imo.

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I ( unfortunately ) got to see a lot of Jerry Rice back in the day. He was a different beast. He beat you by inches on individual plays, but it turned into yards and TDs somehow. It's hard to describe. 

I love JJ, and there are things JJ can do that Rice could only dream of but Rice is a better WR. Somehow. 

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I ( unfortunately ) got to see a lot of Jerry Rice back in the day. He was a different beast. He beat you by inches. It's hard to describe. 

I love JJ, and there are things JJ can do that Rice could only dream of but Rice is a better WR. Somehow. 

To me, Rice is the best player in NFL history and there is nobody close to him. He has records that IMO will never be broken. If there was ever a definitive GOAT, it's him. 

Also, I think Rice is a better version of Antonio Brown in terms of playing style. Julio is more comparable to the freaks like Calvin and Moss

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Games

Jerry Rice  303

Julio Jones 126
 

Receptions (Rec)

Jerry Rice 1,549
 
 
Julio Jones 797
 
 

Receiving Yards (Yds)

Jerry Rice 22,895
 
 
Julio Jones 12,125
 
 

Yards per Reception (Y/R)

Jerry Rice 14.8
 
 
Julio Jones 15.2
 
 

Receiving Touchdowns (TD)

Jerry Rice 197
 
 
Julio Jones 57
 
 

Receptions per Game (R/G)

Jerry Rice 5.1
 
 
Julio Jones 6.3
 
 

Receiving Yards per Game (Y/G)

Jerry Rice 75.6
 
 
Julio Jones 96.2
 
 

Fumbles

Jerry Rice 27
 
 
Julio Jones 11
 
 
 
 

Playoff Stats

Games (G)

Jerry Rice 29
 
 
Julio Jones 8
 
 

 

 

Games Started (GS)

Jerry Rice 29
 
 
Julio Jones 8
 
 

Receptions (Rec)

Jerry Rice 151
 
 
Julio Jones 61
 
 

Receiving Yards (Yds)

Jerry Rice 2,245
 
 
Julio Jones 834
 
 

Yards per Reception (Y/R)

Jerry Rice 14.9
 
 
Julio Jones 13.7
 
 

Receiving Touchdowns (TD)

Jerry Rice 22
 
 
Julio Jones 6
 
 

Receptions per Game (R/G)

Jerry Rice 5.2
 
 
Julio Jones 7.6
 
 

Receiving Yards per Game (Y/G)

Jerry Rice 77.4
 
 
Julio Jones 104.3
 
 

Fumbles

Jerry Rice 3
 
 
Julio Jones 0
 
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If you look at them physically you’d say Julio Jones every **** day of the week.

But I suspect even though both guys have many of the same traits Jerry was made of different cloth.

The kicker is Jerry was on better teams those mentioned years.That pretty much closes the door on the Julio’s better discussion and while we like to wax lyrical about the numbers,I suspect both guys would trade in there numbers to win games and rings and not think twice about there own individual achievements.

Ive said this many a time and playing sport to a reasonably high level fan thoughts didn’t really mean as much as having the respect of my peers I suspect it is much the same with players like Jones and Rice.

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1 minute ago, athell said:

Yea no...you can't just overlook TD's so the premise is flawed from the jump.

Not to mention Jerry's numbers are absolutely insane considengri the era that he played in.  No knock on Julio, but Jerry is the GOAT by a mile and I think it's disingenuous to compare careers.

When Rice started in football, and through most of his career, there was no such thing as a defenseless receiver and trust me, dudes was laying the wood when they had a shot at Rice.

Also, I dont know the numbers, but Rice's YAC was just outta sight.  I think they made the statistic up because of him.

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When Rice started in football, and through most of his career, there was no such thing as a defenseless receiver and trust me, dudes was laying the wood when they had a shot at Rice.

Also, I dont know the numbers, but Rice's YAC was just outta sight.  I think they made the statistic up because of him.

I just told my wife the other day actually (lol) how insane Rice's records were.  Like they don't even make sense they look like Madden numbers.

Dude was insane.

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Found this in an article from 2018:

Forty-seven players have surpassed 10,000 career receiving yards in NFL history. Those 47 players are distributed fairly evenly by volume after the 10,000-yard mark.

10,000-10,999: 13 players

11,000-11,999: 8 players

12,000-12,999: 8 players

13,000-13,999: 6 players

14,000-14,999: 6 players

15,000-15,999: 5 players

We’re still missing Rice, so let’s finish the table.

16,000-16,999: 0

17,000-17,999: 0

18,000-18,999: 0

19,000-19,999: 0

20,000-20,999: 0

21,000-21,999: 0

22,000-22,999: 1

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1 minute ago, RetroRoq said:

Found this in an article from 2018:

Forty-seven players have surpassed 10,000 career receiving yards in NFL history. Those 47 players are distributed fairly evenly by volume after the 10,000-yard mark.

10,000-10,999: 13 players

11,000-11,999: 8 players

12,000-12,999: 8 players

13,000-13,999: 6 players

14,000-14,999: 6 players

15,000-15,999: 5 players

We’re still missing Rice, so let’s finish the table.

16,000-16,999: 0

17,000-17,999: 0

18,000-18,999: 0

19,000-19,999: 0

20,000-20,999: 0

21,000-21,999: 0

22,000-22,999: 1

Makes no sense lol

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3 hours ago, Lornoth said:

I don't know man, hard for me to agree JJ had a better year when Rice has a higher YPC and double the TD's, more catches/yards or not. 

Honestly, Rice's TD's are insane, and considering one of the stats always praised on JJ's side is his YPC, Rice's stats are also crazy there. Truly the best NFL player of all time, imo.

I give a lot of credit to Walsh’s system for creating such incredible ypc.  Guys like Taylor & Solomon also had years over 20 ypc.

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2 hours ago, athell said:

Yea no...you can't just overlook TD's so the premise is flawed from the jump.

Not to mention Jerry's numbers are absolutely insane considering the era that he played in.  No knock on Julio, but Jerry is the GOAT by a mile and I think it's disingenuous to compare careers.

Agreed... It would be one thing if it were like 15 TD's to 11 or 12....but there are years with massive disparity.

Rice is so far a a head it is not funny.

Imagine him in today's era where db's sneeze on you and it is a 15 yard penalty

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3 hours ago, RetroRoq said:

When Rice started in football, and through most of his career, there was no such thing as a defenseless receiver and trust me, dudes was laying the wood when they had a shot at Rice.

Also, I dont know the numbers, but Rice's YAC was just outta sight.  I think they made the statistic up because of him.

If we are going to go by era, you have to consider what Don Hutson did in the 30’s & 40’s.  In 1942 he accumulated 1,200 yards, 72 catches and 17 TD’s....in 10 games.  Also grabbed 7 INT’s since he played two ways.

His numbers really stand out when you see that in that season, the  NFL’s 2nd, 3rd & 4th best WR’s  combined for 74 catches, 1200 yards and 17 TD’s

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How did Jerry get in this ??? You're comparing them through 9 years as if they had the exact same 9 years. Jerry far surpasses Julio sorry.  I dont think Julio is the 2nd or third best tbh. Still think its Moss and T.O. You cant leave out Marvin Harrison either.

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7 minutes ago, caponine said:

How did Jerry get in this ??? You're comparing them through 9 years as if they had the exact same 9 years. Jerry far surpasses Julio sorry.  I dont think Julio is the 2nd or third best tbh. Still think its Moss and T.O. You cant leave out Marvin Harrison either.

Through 9 years it’s Jerry & Julio....nobody else is close

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And you definitely can't have an * saying "If Jones doesn't get hurt this year he wins it".... When Rice had 22 TD's lol. And believe me. My dog is name Julio after JJ and majority of my Falcons jerseys are JJ jerseys. I love the man. But that * is some BS lol

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