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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Jones ranks among best at catching/running

By ESPN Stats & Information


Daniel Shirey/USA TODAY SportsJulio Jones won't be making moves like this any time soon.
The Atlanta Falcons lost more than just a game on Monday Night Football against the New York Jets.

Their top receiver, Julio Jones, suffered a foot injury and ESPN confirmed media reports that Jones may be lost for the season.

That is a huge loss for the Falcons, as the numbers show.

Among the best
Jones has been among the best receivers in the NFL this season. He leads the league with 41 receptions and ranks second in receiving yards (580) and yards after the catch (248).

Jones’ 580 receiving yards are the most through the first five games of a season in team history (31 more than Andre Rison had in 1990).

Jones joins Wes Welker (2011 Patriots) and Reggie Wayne (2012 Colts) as players who had at least 40 receptions and 580 yards receiving in their team’s first five games over the past three seasons.

Jones had teamed with Roddy White to form one of the league’s most potent receiving duos.

Their 35 combined touchdown catches from Ryan were the fourth-most by a receiver pair from a quarterback of any tandem in the league.

Long-range threat
Jones has 15 catches for at least 40 yards over the last three seasons. Only two players have more in that span: Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green (16 each).

Matt Ryan had completed 16-of-26 throws to Jones when he was deeper than 10 yards downfield. The 61.5 percent accuracy rate ranked fourth-best in the NFL for a receiver on throws of that length.

Jones’ 16 receptions were second-most in the NFL and his 112 yards gained after those catches ranked first.

Ryan will have to find a new target. His average throw was 10 yards downfield to Jones, but barely more than half that long to the other Falcons pass-catchers.