Julio Jones Confident in Offense’s Big-Play Abilities

Julio Jones Confident in Offense’s Big-Play Abilities

Jay Adams

Published August 24, 2012 at 11:41 PM

There were several moments during Friday night’s preseason game against Miami that would have had fans jumping out of their seats during the regular season.

Through three games in 2012, the scene has become familiar: Matt Ryan drops back, looks, gets time and slings it downfield to Julio Jones.

Sometimes the play works, sometimes it doesn’t.

But whether it works or not seems to be a small matter compared to just simply going for it, Jones said after Friday’s game.

A couple of long passes by Ryan on Friday either went off of Julio’s hands, fell victim to good coverage or were just overthrown, but Ryan and Julio were able to connect on a 49-yard completion at one point, showing that the play can certainly work.

Replicating the deep ball in practice isn’t exactly as simple as tossing it deep, but Jones says completing those passes on a more regular basis will come. For now, he says, the Falcons just want to focus on going for them.

“We’re gonna get it eventually. We’re just taking shots. We’re trying to be an explosive team and we’ve got to take those shots and we know when those plays present themselves, we know we’re going to be able to hit them during the regular season,” Jones said. “It’s good to get them out there now. It’s preseason. It’s just all about timing, and that’s why we’re trying to get on the same page.”

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