Will Julio Jones lead the league in receiving yards in 2020?

Julio Jones Atlanta Falcons (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Julio Jones Atlanta Falcons (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

In the last five seasons, Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones has led the NFL in receiving yards twice; 2015 and 2018.

Julio Jones 2019 season was a “down” season for the game’s best receiver. Despite his “down” season, he still managed to have his NFL record sixth straight season with at least 1,350 yards as he finished with 1,394 yards through the air.

Whenever the greats in the game are brought up, Julio is rarely mentioned as being the game’s greatest, yet he is and will continue to be. In the social media era, fans and media have no idea how to react to a player like Julio who stays out of the spotlight and just goes to work.

You won’t find Julio broadcasting live from a locker room, you won’t find him in Miami the week of a playoff game, and damn sure will not find him on twitter acting like a child and demanding respect. However, you will find him atop the leaderboard in nearly every (not all) statistical receiving category over the last decade.

Julio Jones will lead the league in receiving yards in 2020

During his career, not only has Julio led the league in receiving twice, he has led the league in receiving yards per game three times (2015, 2016, and 2018) and in catches once (2015). Given the pieces that the Atlanta Falcons have added over the offseason, Julio is set to continue his domination.

Adding pieces like Hayden Hurst, Todd Gurley, and Laquon Treadwell will only open up the field for Julio; though as we know, Julio has no issue being a decoy if it means winning games.

In 2019, Julio finished third in yards per game, 24th in receiving touchdowns, sixth in receptions, second in targets, fifth in catches per game, and second in total receiving yards. Not bad for what was a down year for the league’s best receiver.

Julio is the 14th oldest receiver in the league and is in the prime of his career at this point. Some may have thought he hit the apex after the 2016 season, but Julio still has several more years left at the rate in which he is playing.

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To state Julio Jones will lead the league in receiving yards in 2020 is not a stretch and if you have watched him play enough, you know that he will have a mega year as 2019 did not go the way he wanted.