FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Julio Jones, arguably the most dangerous threat in the game, isn’t satisfied with being “great.”
Yes, Jones has put together three consecutive seasons with 1,400-plus receiving yards. Yes, Jones 1,871 receiving yards in 2015 marked the second-highest single-season total in NFL history, right behind Detroit’s Calvin Johnson (1,964 in 2012). Yes, Jones went off for a franchise-record 300 yards last season against Carolina. And yes, Jones was recently voted the top receiver and No. 3 overall player in the NFL Network’s 2017 Top 100 poll of players, behind only New England’s Tom Brady and Denver’s Von Miller.
But the Atlanta Falcons All-Pro believes he can take his game to yet another level, just as coach Dan Quinn has challenged Jones and all his players to do in trying to find that “1 percent better” all the time.
Jones is ready to step up to the challenge.
“I always work on everything,” Jones said. “My 1 percent is pretty much everything: Getting off the ball, studying, attention to detail, when I’m fatigued, what do I do when I’m fatigued — do I run with my hands down or keep my hands up with the ball? It’s just a lot I do. I love to play the game and not have weaknesses.”
The only obstacle that ever seems to get in Jones’ way — since defenders don’t — is injury. He has had multiple foot surgeries, including one in March to remove a burdensome bunion from his left foot. The surgery has kept him from participating in 11-on-11 drills through the first three days of training camp, although Jones sounded optimistic about having more involvement in the days to come. He said he’s “confident” and has…
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