Dec 21, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) catches the ball as New Orleans Saints defensive back Terrence Frederick (37) defends during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
1) Julio Jones, WR (Age 26)
There is no question that Julio Jones is the best player the Falcons have on this list, and in my opinion is the best player on the entire roster. Since coming into the league, Jones has averaged more than 1,000 yards a season with 4,330 yards in his 4-year career. Jones’ best season came in 2014 where he racked up 104 receptions for 1,593 yards and six touchdowns. Jones’ highest touchdown season came in 2012 where he caught 10 TD’s in the regular season and two in the postseason. His 1,593 yards a season ago was good enough for third best in the NFL behind Antonio Brown and Demaryius Thomas. If it weren’t for a missed game due to injury, Jones just may have finished with the most yards in the league.
The one downfall to Jones’ career thus far is his missed games due to injury. In 2013, Jones missed 11 games due to a fractured foot, but when healthy is one of the top five best wide receivers in the NFL. He is entering his last season of his contract and will likely make a hefty sum of money from either the Falcons ( let’s all pray its from the Falcons) or another team that is willing to make him one of the highest paid receivers in the league. Big things are expected from Julio in 2015 under new offensive coordinator, Kyle Shannahan.