Julio Jones says he'll be ready for Week 1

June, 9, 2014
Jun 9
9:15
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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones hadn't talk much about his season-ending foot injury from last season, but Jones opened up about his progress in an interview posted at SI.com on Monday.

Jones, who has done some light running and cutting on a side field this offseason, said he'll be ready to go for Week 1. But he also emphasized that the team is taking it slow with him this offseason, with not much expected from him until training camp.

"I'm just running routes right now," Jones said. "But now, just being able to plant off my foot, off my right foot that I injured last year, it feels really good. So that's what I'm able to do right now."

The last time Jones was full speed was Oct. 7 of last year, when he fractured his foot against the New York Jets. He underwent surgery the same month.

Although head coach Mike Smith declared Jones ahead of schedule, the Falcons continue to target training camp for Jones to return to full activity.

"I don't think so," Jones said when asked if he'd be full speed at all this offseason. "We're just day by day. Whatever the head trainer and the head coach want me to do out there, I'm willing to do.

"We're not in a rush right now because the season is so far away right now. I've still got all the intangibles. I can still go out there. I can run routes. And I've been working out since February. So, I'm doing a great job. I'm back on schedule -- I'm ahead of schedule, actually. They're just taking all the precautions, just making sure I'm ready to go for [the 2014 season]."

Jones was asked about his status for the Sept. 7 regular season opener against the rival New Orleans Saints.

"Week 1, I'll be ready to go," Jones said.

Here is the entire interview with Jones, where he also addressed criticism of the trade that landed him with the Falcons.

Vaughn McClure

ESPN Atlanta Falcons reporter

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