Sunday, August 7, 2011
Matt Ryan's scouting report on Julio Jones
By Pat Yasinskas
We’ve all heard plenty about wide receiver Julio Jones ever since the Falcons made a big trade to jump up and get him in the draft. We already knew plenty about Jones from his college days because he had a fantastic career at Alabama.
But let’s turn now to the man who has seen more of Jones than perhaps anyone in recent weeks. Let’s turn to Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan for his scouting report on his new toy.
“He’s explosive,’’ Ryan said during my recent visit to Flowery Branch. “He’s extremely fast and extremely physical. He has great ball skills and is really good at adjusting to throws on the run. He’s really good with protections, which is something you don’t usually see from a guy coming in for his rookie year. He’s been on top of the hots [hot reads] and side adjusts. If he can continue to do that and be explosive, he’s going to help us out a bunch.’’
Specifically, what does Jones do that will help the Falcons?
“His ability to stretch the field vertically and also his ability to make plays after the catch,’’ Ryan said. “You don’t need to look any further to help create explosive plays. If he can do both of those things, your plays of 20-plus yards are going to increase.’’
Ryan worked with Jones a lot in the offseason. During the lockout, Ryan had Jones over to his house to watch film, and the two already have developed a good chemistry. Ryan said Jones should have no trouble fitting into what the Falcons do immediately and should make everyone better.
“He’s a good complement to what Roddy [White] does,’’ Ryan said. “He’s a good complement to Tony [Gonzalez]. I think he really helps out Harry Douglas as well because we can put Harry in the slot. Harry’s having a great camp. He’s been working really hard. The addition of Julio kind of opens up things for Harry as well as everyone else.’’