Jones Following Lead of Umenyiora, Jackson

Jones Following Lead of Umenyiora, Jackson

Jay Adams

Published June 18, 2013 at 9:54 AM

It’s not often when a player from one side of the ball is able to influence someone from the other, but Falcons defensive end Osi Umenyiora has made quite the impression on wide receiver Julio Jones.

During an interview over the weekend with, Jones said he’s taken note of Umenyiora’s work ethic and is now following suit.

Every morning Osi is working out in the facility before anyone even gets there,” Falcons receiver Julio Jones told… . “I noticed that, so I started doing that. Little things like that will make this team great.”

But Umenyiora isn’t the only new veteran Jones is taking pages from. He’s also paid close attention to running back Steven Jackson’s habits and drawn from him.

Jackson recently said he’s changed his diet up to hopefully help prolong his career. Jones has now done the same, telling that he’s cut out beef and pork during the past year.

Jones has watched keenly as Jackson has shown up for voluntary portions of the offseason and has mimicked that work ethic.

“That stuff is not mandatory, man, it’s voluntary,” Jones told “You can come if you want to, but Steven is there working. I really believe he is going to make the Atlanta Falcons better.”

As FalconsLIFE member Ryan2JulioTD remarked on this message board thread, “Julio working even harder to be even better is bad news for the other 31 teams in the league.”

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