Falcons: Expect Julio Jones to be locked and loaded against the Packers

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Unfortunately, Julio Jones missed last week’s game versus the Bears with a hamstring injury. Had he been healthy, the offense probably would have never stalled, and the Falcons would have won their first game of the season. Thankfully, he looks to be ready for their Week 4 matchup with the undefeated Packers on Monday Night Football, logging a couple of limited practices, and he had this to say today.

Julio won’t be 100%, but rarely are NFL players fully healthy in the middle of the season, and 80% of Julio Jones is generally better than 99% of the rest of the receivers. Jones also said that mental preparation is all he needs to be ready for a game at this point in his career.

So expect Atlanta’s #1 receiver to be out there on Monday night. The last time he played the Packers on Monday Night Football, he went for 259 yards and a score. The Falcons could use a performance like that again this week against a revitalized Aaron Rodgers that has not been stopped over the first three games of the season.

In more good news, the Falcons should have their other top two receivers available on Monday as well. Russell Gage, who left last week’s game with a concussion, was a full participant in practice, and Calvin Ridley returned to the field in a limited fashion.

That’s fantastic to hear, as the Falcons will need all the offense they can get if they want to pull off the upset at Lambeau this week.


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