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Sep 20, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver

Julio Jones

(11) runs with the ball while trying to avoid a tackle by New York Giants cornerback

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(20) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Julio Jones is a Rare MVP Candidate

Fresh off that lucrative 5-year, $71.25 Million contract extension, Julio Jones has played like the best wide receiver in the NFL the first two weeks of the 2015 NFL Season. Through two games, Jones has 22 catches for 276 yards and 2 touchdowns.

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It might sound a bit crazy, but Julio Jones could for the time being stand as a rare MVP candidate. We all know that the NFL is a quarterback driven league, but through two weeks, Julio Jones has been arguably the best player in the National Football League.

He makes all the catches and then some. Yesterday afternoon, Jones turned what should have been an interception from Matt Ryan into a tremendous leaping completion. Jones can stretch the field, make plays in the flats, and between the hash marks.

Julio Jones has become a rare, complete receiver in his fifth season in the NFL. Should he continue to play at this elite level, Jones could make his first All-Pro team, possibly factoring into the AP NFL MVP race should Atlanta stay relevant in the NFC Playoff Picture this fall.

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