Julio Jones can destroy defenders in numerous ways, with the ability to sprint past, dart around, or run through opposing cornerbacks and safeties with real flare.
Entering the upcoming season, the Atlanta Falcons plan to utilize their superstar more often where it really counts: Inside the red zone.
Jones finished with 83 receptions for 1,409 yards but scored just six touchdowns, a figure that new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is intent on improving.
“I think, No. 1, they were still very good in the red zone,” Sarkisian said to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. “But when you have a player like Julio, it’s making sure we maximize his opportunities because there is so much double coverage, there are so many unique coverages that roll his way that when we don’t get that, let’s make sure he’s one of the primary receivers on that play because it is such a tough matchup for anybody 1-on-1.”
Jones is the focal point of the Falcons’ volcanic offense but Matt Ryan opted to distribute the ball evenly within the red zone last season, with seven players finishing with at least three receiving touchdowns. Under Sarkisian’s watch, Jones could become even more lethal than his All-Pro pedigree suggests.
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