While the Falcons have not had a successful start to 2019, Julio Jones has and he is on pace for a season never achieved before in the NFL.
There is no disputing that Julio Jones is the best wide receiver in the league and he is off to the best start of his nine-year NFL career. Through the Falcons first three games, he has nineteen catches, 265 yards, and four touchdowns. He is averaging nearly 14 yards a reception.
If you take the production of his first three games and average that out over a full NFL season, Julio Jones is on pace to have one of the best years ever for a wide receiver.
At his current pace, Julio Jones is on track for 101 receptions, 1400 yards, and 21 touchdowns.
In the history of the National Football League, only Randy Moss and Jerry Rice have had at least 20 touchdown receptions in a single season. Jerry Rice had 22 for the 49ers in 1987 and Randy Moss had 23 for the Patriots back in 2007.
Sure, we are only talking about the first three games of a season, but who other than Julio Jones in NFL could keep that pace up through the remaining 13 games? Should he be able to sustain this effort, it would be his fourth season with more than 100 receptions and would be his sixth straight season with at least 1400 receiving yards.
No wide receiver in NFL history has ever had 100 catches, 1400 yards, and 20 or more touchdowns in a single season.
It is really easy to get caught up in all the negativity surrounding the team’s 1-2 start to the season, but Julio is on pace to do something special and regardless of whether the team is able to put it altogether in 2019, we should appreciate what Julio is doing as we will never see another like him in a Falcons uniform.