Julio Jones Named NFC Offensive Player for September


Julio Jones had one of the best months for a wide receiver in NFL history during September. Naturally, Jones is the NFC Offensive Player for September.

Julio Jones and New England Patriots QB Tom Brady are the Offensive Players of the Month in their respective conferences. Jones and Brady have led their teams to 3-0 starts to the 2015 NFL Season with their strong play on the offensive side of the ball.

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Jones has had an MVP caliber first three weeks at wideout for the Atlanta Falcons. In three games, Jones has 34 receptions for 440 receiving yards. Both totals lead the NFL entering Week 4. Julio Jones also has 4 touchdown receptions. Keep in mind during last year’s Pro Bowl season for the star receiver for the Atlanta Falcons, Jones had only 6 touchdown catches the entire 2014 NFL Season.

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Will Julio Jones keep up this unreal pace at wide receiver this season? Sound logic would say not, but Jones looks poised to have one of the greatest seasons for a wide receiver in NFL history. Jones has a rare combination of talent, work ethic and student mentality, which makes him an elite wideout in football.

Should Julio Jones keep this grueling pace up all year, his numbers could look like this as the Atlanta Falcons approach the NFC Playoffs: 181 catches for 2,347 yards and 21 touchdown receptions! That’s record shattering numbers we’re potentially looking at! I doubt he’ll match those totals, but a 2,000 yard receiving season doesn’t seem unrealistic at this point of the NFL Season.

Where Jones is thriving this year is in possession receiving. He’s naturally a terrific vertical threat, but in Year Five he’s able to factor in all areas of the Atlanta Falcons’ passing game at an elite level. I feel like we have the distinct privilege to watch a Jerry Rice or Calvin Johnson caliber wideout playing for our Atlanta Falcons every Sunday. I even see flashes of Randy Moss at times when Julio Jones makes opponents miss open field tackles.

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  • In a quarterback driven league, Julio Jones is setting the bar incredibly high for what an elite wide receiver can do in an era of the NFL that is more spread than ever. Through his inherent versatility, opponents aren’t able to cover him in one-on-one situations, forcing the defense to put two guys on him most snaps.

    When you’re outperforming perennial MVP candidates in the NFC like Green Bay Packers QB and Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, you’re having yourself one special season. We’re talking about a QB that doesn’t throw interceptions at home and the most physically gifted tailback entering 2015 fresh after almost not playing in 2014.

    The Atlanta Falcons’ schedule gets a bit softer in their next six games before a bye in Week 10. So it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that Julio Jones will continue to put up these ridiculous numbers until the mid-November bye. Congratulations, Julio! Well deserved and Rise Up!

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