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Friday, August 12, 2011
Observations on the Falcons

By Pat Yasinskas

So far anyway, that trade up to get Julio Jones is looking pretty darn good for the Atlanta Falcons.

The rookie wide receiver had a great debut Friday night as the Falcons opened their preseason with a 28-23 loss to the Miami Dolphins. But Jones was instrumental to the Falcons jumping out to a 17-0 lead during the time when both teams were using many of their starters.

Jones, the sixth overall pick in the draft, made an immediate impact on Atlanta’s offense. Although the first team only played three series, Jones made two catches for 43 yards and also ran for 12 yards on a reverse. The Falcons weren’t trying to hide their regular-season plans for Jones. They opened the game with a pass intended for the rookie. That didn’t work, but just about everything else did.

Jones’ first catch came on a short drag route that turned into a 21-yard gain. He also caught a downfield pass from Matt Ryan. Jones earned first downs on his first three touches.

Some other observations on the Falcons.