Julio Jones is accustomed to being overlooked but at some point, the insanity has to stop.
Another offseason and more disrespect for the NFL’s best receiver in Julio Jones. At this point, we have all become accustomed to it and should expect it. However, it is tough to get over, especially when it comes to high paid big mouths that should know better.
Fox Sports personality Colin Cowherd put out his list of the Top 10 players in the NFL earlier Tuesday and the usual suspects were on the list – Russell Wilson, Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Donald, etc. However, he only had one receiver on the list.
Your first thought would be Michael Thomas or DeAndre Hopkins since people love to slobber over those two. But you would be wrong. The only receiver on this list is Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver, Mike Evans.
The third-best receiver in the NFL South behind Julio Jones and Michael Thomas somehow is on Cowherds Top 10 NFL players list. I am in no way trying to take anything away from Evans, he is a Top 5 receiver in the game, but he is not and will never be better than Julio Jones.
Julio has had an NFL record six consecutive seasons with at least 1,300 yards receiving. None of the all-time greats or anyone currently in the game has come close to that. In the six years of his career, Evans has only had 1,300 yards receiving twice and Julio has done it in six consecutive seasons.
We get it, people like for receivers to catch touchdowns and maybe that would matter if Julio controlled that aspect of the game. The fact he is, he makes everyone around him better and being his number two has led several guys moving on into bigger contracts and bigger roles with other franchises.