Call it a smart move or a no brainer, but the Atlanta Falcons made a good one. ESPN reported on Tuesday, that Julio Jones would be shut down for the entire preseason.
That’s the right move for both the Atlanta Falcons and Julio Jones. The length of the preseason only matters to players trying to make the roster cut; it’s a chance to get more on tape. The NFL of course, because who can turn down a chance to make money.
Julio has eclipsed the 1,400 yard mark every year since 2014. That’s not only consistency, but it’s chemistry. The Falcons have also seen what can happen when the main guy on offense goes out due to a serious injury.
Shall we throw it back to Michael Vick’s broken leg against the Ravens? The team went five and 11 that year. Dan Quinn, Matt Ryan, and Arthur Blank can’t afford for that to happen. Quite frankly, neither can the city of Atlanta, who is starving for a championship.
And if you are worried about how this may affect Jones come week one against the Minnesota Vikings, well he said it best himself. Julio has not played in a preseason game since Week 3 of the 2017 NFL preseason.
“I don’t need preseason to get ready.”
And he’s damn right.