- Vaughn McClure, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Atlanta Falcons begin training Friday afternoon, which means the return of wide receiver Julio Jones for the first time since a season-ending foot fracture last October.
"I'm worried about him in a sense that I just want him to play football," White said. "Being with Julio for the last few years, I know how great of a player he is. I know how great of a player he can be. And I just want him to be the best he can be. That's all I care about. If he's the best he can be, we're going to win. There's no doubt about it.
"I don't have any other concerns with him because we're like brothers. I want to see him be on the field throughout the whole season and just watch him destroy the NFL."
The Falcons held Jones out the entire offseason while he continued to recover from a second surgery on his right foot. He played in just five games last season and was on pace for 130 catches and more than 1,800 yards. In June, Jones expressed confidence in a full recovery without any lingering issues.
The precautionary approach with Jones this training camp is something White believes is necessary.
"I'd go with it every year to get to [the season opener] with everybody as healthy as possible and everybody rolling on all cylinders," White said. "Whatever it takes for him to get to Sept. 7 and be healthy, that's what I want to do."
White had his own health issues last year in dealing with a high ankle sprain and hamstring injury. He was held out a good portion of the offseason, in large part to grieve the loss of his younger brother, who was murdered back home in South Carolina.
In terms of how his body is feeling going into camp, White was asked if he expected to be limited at all.
"I don't know," he said. "I haven't gone over the schedule or anything yet. But probably not, because I didn't do too many OTAs [organized team activities]. We've got to work on timing."
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