When it comes to NFL WR’s, Atlanta Falcons Julio Jones sets the bar for the rest of the league. He has the rare combination of size, speed and explosiveness that is not seen often.
There are too many ridiculous conversations being had among fans and NFL media who the best wide receiver in the league is and there are way too many people throwing out nonsensical names like Odell Beckham Jr, Antonio Brown, Michael Thomas or Mike Evans. The Atlanta Falcons struck gold when they made the trade to move up and grab Julio in 2011.
The only other wide receiver in the league that should even be mentioned in the same breath as Julio would be DeAndre Hopkins and even then, he would be 1B, not 1A. Yes. Beckham, Brown, Thomas and Evans are nice, but they are not Julio. They are incapable of replicating what Julio brings to the field every Sunday.
Falcons QB Matt Ryan joined Jim Rome this week and Rome asked Matt what makes Julio so special. Matt had this to say, “He is the most physically gifted player I have ever been around. His size, speed and explosiveness, I have never really been around anyone like that. On top of that he is an unbelievable competitor.” Matt would go on to say that, it “has been an honor to play with Julio”.
Matt and Julio may be the greatest 1,2 combination in Atlanta sports history. While there are detractors that say Matt is only successful because of Julio, players like Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson and AJ Green are prime examples of what type of career an elite receiver will have if he does not have an elite QB. Yes, they had great careers but never put up the type of statistics that Julio has because of Matt.
Julio will get the extension he deserves this off-season, the Falcons will win their first Super Bowl in February and then both Matt and Julio will take their rightful place among the greatest of all time.