Julio Jones is due for a big game

 

Julio Jones has had a quiet 2019 season so far. He is currently fifth in receiving yards but is due for a monster game against the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Julio Jones has consistently torched Tampa Bay’s defense. In the past five meetings against the Buccaneers, Julio has 700 yards. Tampa Bay has the 31st defense against the pass, so expect big games from Matt Ryan and Julio Jones.

Julio Jones has been a model of consistency for the Atlanta Falcons and is always someone opposing defenses have to worry about. Any given day he has a chance to break records.

During the 2017 NFL season, Julio Jones had a monster game playing the Buccaneers at home. He finished the day with 12 catches, 253 receiving yards, and two touchdowns. Despite the offensive struggles the Falcons had in 2017, Julio was still able to torch Tampa Bay.

With Austin Hooper and Devonta Freeman out on Sunday with injuries, Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley should have increased targets. For the past four seasons, Julio has consistently been a top-two receiver in receiving yards, but he now finds himself at fifth currently.

The receivers currently ahead of him are Michael Thomas, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Amari Cooper. Julio is bound to catch up with a monster game against the Buccaneers.

The only reason Michael Thomas is ahead of Julio is that the Saints have no other receivers, is targeted way more, and catches nothing but short passes. Remember, in 2018 Julio Jones had more receiving yards than Michael Thomas with twelve fewer catches. If defenders cover the first fifteen yards, Michael Thomas is shutdown.

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The Buccaneers’ secondary is atrocious. Julio Jones going against them is a bigger mismatch than LSU playing Valdosta State. We could see another 300-yard game similar to what Julio did against the Panthers during the 2016 season.

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