5 Former Atlanta Falcons to watch closely this season
By Nick Halden
1. Julio Jones
It is hard to gauge how much of the Atlanta fanbase will be pulling for Julio Jones after he joined Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Bucs this off-season. No one should fault Jones for making a business decision and leaving Atlanta or for choosing to land with a team that has a real chance to get Julio the one accolade his resume is lacking.
As a part of the Tampa offense, Julio will have a real chance to stay healthy and have a resurgence considering the number of weapons Brady already has in Tampa Bay. Julio Jones made the right decision moving to a warm weather team with plenty of depth and a real chance at a ring.
Many fans forget before Brady the Bucs were stuck in misery hardly a rival to Atlanta or New Orleans for much of the last decade. This isn’t the same as Jones landing with the hated Saints. This is a business move for Julio a wise one that sets up the former Atlanta star for a career resurgence and a chance to play a big role in meaningful games for the first time in four years.
Julio Jones in Tampa is going to be hard to watch but it will be hard to root against the receiver who left everything on the field in Atlanta.