After wide receiver Julio Jones went down with a broken foot during the fifth game of the 2013 NFL season, the Atlanta Falcons had a gaping hole in terms of an outside playmaker in Dirk Koetter’s offense. Fortunately, it appears as if the Falcons will have their most dynamic perimeter option ready for the regular season, as Jones has reportedly been cleared for training camp.
D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution brings the latest from head coach Mike Smith:
“He will be limited in terms of his snaps,” Smith said. “Our number one goal is to make sure that we’ve got everybody as healthy as we possibly can be, but we know that we have to get these guys some work together and reps. Julio will be out there participating in practice right from the start.”
It isn’t a surprise to learn that the 25-year-old Jones will be limited during the early stages of camp, but with ‘Hard Knocks’ in Flowery Branch to profile the team, there will be no shortage of coverage. In less than five games last season, the former Alabama standout racked up 580 yards and 2 touchdowns, and with Roddy White getting up there in age, it would be beneficial for the younger, more explosive Jones to be at full strength when the lights come on for the season opener.
Stay tuned for the latest, but it appears that all systems are go for Julio Jones, and that is some of the best possible news as training camp arrives.
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