Atlanta Falcons fans have been spoiled over the last nine years as they’ve been able to watch and cheer on the combination of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones.
Even though the Atlanta Falcons have yet to get their hands on the Lombardi Trophy, make no mistake about it, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are the best receiver/quarterback combo in the NFL. They have accumulated nearly 12,000 yards and more than 50 touchdowns together since Julio’s arrival.
There is some competition for this Atlanta Falcons duo. There are a set of fans from division rivals that think they possess the league’s best quarterback/wide receiver combo in the league. While there is no doubting the greatness of Drew Brees, wide receiver Michael “Slant” Thomas just isn’t on the same tier as Julio.
While Thomas has been productive on those slant routes, his body of work doesn’t come close to Julio’s. Tom Brady and Mike Evans have yet to play a game together so there’s no need for them to even be in the conversation especially because of the way Brady was looking last year.
Plenty of people will say the combination of Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill is the leagues best combo. Mahomes is one of the leagues best but just like Thomas, Hill isn’t on Julio tier when it comes to the receiver position. As Hill continues to develop as a receiver, they will someday end up as the best quarterback/receiver combo.
The duo of Ryan and Julio could end up being better than what they are right now if certain things can happen for the Falcons in 2020. Opponents will double and triple-team Julio just for the simple fact that Calvin Ridley hasn’t taken the step everyone wants him to take.
Yes, Ridley is a great number two receiver, but he’s not at the point where a team must find a way to stop him like they have to do with Julio. Can the offensive line hold up long enough so Julio’s deep route can develop, and Ryan isn’t under pressure to get the balls out of his hands?
Those two things will play a big role in how much better the Ryan/Jones combo can get. Maybe this will finally be the year Julio gets double-digit touchdowns.
The biggest reason why the Ryan/Jones combo is the best in the NFL is simply because of how long they’ve been doing it. No matter what issues this offense had had to face over the course of the past nine years, there is one thing you could always count on and that Matt Ryan finding Julio Jones.