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, Ga. (AP) — Julio Jones seems to take pleasure in shutting down questions about his accomplishments.It comes to him as naturally as catching a pass over the middle and stiff-arming a defender for extra yards.Jones, the Atlanta Falcons‘ star wideout, last week became the quickest player in NFL history to reach 10,000 yards receiving. He accomplished the feat in 104 games, easily breaking Calvin Johnson’s mark of 115.But Jones refuses to take much credit, pointing out that quarterback Matt Ryan, his teammate since the Falcons drafted him sixth overall in 2011, and many others played an equally big role.“For me, I’m never an individual guy,” Jones said Thursday. “I couldn’t have done it by myself. It was just like Matt did a great job giving me opportunities, the offensive line. It’s like one of those things that I can’t go out there and play by myself — football is the ultimate team sport. I don’t know. I feel regular.”Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, in his second season working with Jones, has a pretty good idea why his big playmaker causes so many matchup problems even as he’s constantly double-teamed. Linebackers often aren’t fast enough to cover him. Defensive backs are often too small to tackle the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder.“It’s incredible how much ground he can cover,” Sarkisian said. “You can tell two guys to run a six-step route. He may get to 20 yards and another guy might run it at 14 or 15. He can just cover so much ground, and then his explosiveness to get in and out of breaks, for a man that size, is very impressive.”Jones is more concerned with helping the Falcons (4-5) beat Dallas (4-5) to stay in the NFC playoff hunt. The Cowboys‘ secondary has only two interceptions but is still a threat with cornerbacks Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie and safeties Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods having combined for 22 pass breakups.“Cover-three team, mix in a little man, and they do have cover-two in there Limited Takkarist McKinley Jersey
,” Jones said. “But who knows how they’re going to play us? They’re going to be who they are, and we can probably expect them to come in with one-high (safety).”In last week’s loss at Cleveland, the Falcons couldn’t answer quickly enough when they trailed by 18 points midway through the third quarter. Knowing Atlanta was no longer a threat to run the ball, the Browns dropped back in coverage and kept everything in front of them.Jones wants the Falcons to establish the run early and maintain it throughout the game. Ryan needs the threat of play-action to keep the linebackers up and let his receivers get open for big gains.“Not taking anything away from Cleveland, but there were some opportunities that we’ve got to take advantage of,” Jones said. “There are always things out there that you miss on the field, but that’s more so on us. We’ve made the corrections.”Notes: Thursday marked the first day that K Matt Bryant was listed as a full participant in practice since Week 6. Bryant, the career franchise scoring leader, has been sidelined with a sore hamstring. If he is able to play, the Falcons might release Giorgio Tavecchio to add depth at other positions. … MLB Deion Jones, returning from a foot injury that’s sidelined him since Week 1, was a limited participant for the second straight day. … Also limited were WR Mohamed Sanu (hip), S Damontae Kazee (shoulder), DE Derrick Shelby (groin), LBs De’Vondre Campbell (calf) and Bruce Carter (knee). Julio Jones had a spectacular season, and the Pro Football Writers of America recognized his accomplishments by bestowing All-NFL and All-NFC honors on the wide receiver for the 2018 season. But they snubbed the hell out of Matt Ryan for All-NFC recognition.First things first, Julio deserves All-NFL and All-NFC honors. He led the league in receiving yards with 1,677, over 100 more yards than De’Andre Hopkins, who finished second in the NFL and also had a spectacular season. Jones averaged over 100 yards per game, scored eight touchdowns despite not touching the end zone a single time before Week 9 Takkarist McKinley Falcons Jersey
, and he converted 70.8 percent of his catches for first downs. It’s the third season of his career that Jones has been named to the All-NFL team. Jones is joined in the receivers group for the All-NFL squad by Hopkins and the Saints’ Michael Thomas. Both are deserving. Hopkins contributed 11 touchdowns to the Texans this year, and Thomas had 1,405 yards and nine touchdowns. You could make the argument for Antonio Brown, who led the league in touchdowns with 15, or Davante Adams, who was right behind Brown with 13, but the three receivers selected are all quality choices. Patrick Mahomes, the league’s probable MVP for the 2018 season, earned the quarterback spot on the All-NFL team as well as the All-AFC team. It’s hard to argue with the selection of a guy who had over 5,000 yards and threw for 50 dang touchdowns, adding two scores with his legs, in a single season. But Drew Brees was named the quarterback of the All-NFC squad, and folks, I’m not going to lie. I am mad online and ready to fight for Matt Ryan’s honor. Let’s let the numbers do the talking. Ryan finished third in the league for passing yards with 4,924, and tied with Russell Wilson for third in the league with 35 passing touchdowns and had .just seven interceptions. Brees, on the other hand, came in 13th with 3,992 yards. That’s just 102 more yards than Case Keenum threw this season. Brees did throw 32 touchdowns against just five picks, which is good. But in case you, like me Elite Takkarist McKinley Jersey
, are not great at math, 35 is more than 32. The big difference between Brees and Ryan this year was the number of wins each team gotto enjoy. Much to the chagrin of all of us, the Saints were actually great this season, and the whole concept of evaluating quarterbacks based on wins is deeply flawed. There are 11 guys on the field at any given time, and it takes all 11 of them to make or break a season.With that said, Matt Ryan bore a lot of responsibility for the Falcons’ success this season, limited as it may have been. Ryan’s 2018 performance was an echo of his 2016 MVP season, and the offense carried the team when injuries decimated the defense. He had almost no run game support to speak of, with Devonta Freeman and both starting guards on injured reserve, which led to a lot of instability on the offensive line. Ryan had the 27th-ranked run game in the league in his corner. The Saints running game finished the year ranked No. 6. Even if you don’t agree that Ryan deserved this recognition, I still have to ask why it would be awarded to Brees over Jared Goff (4,688 passing yards, 32 touchdowns, and 12 picks), or even Aaron Rodgers (4,442 yards, 25 touchdowns, and only two interceptions). Even Kirk Cousins and Eli Manning put up more passing yards in the NFC than Brees did this season, and Cousins threw almost as many touchdowns as Brees with 30. As much as I enjoy talking trash about the Saints, I will freely admit that Brees has been one of the league’s best since coming to New Orleans. He’s not just a great quarterback — he’s a probable first-ballot Hall of Famer. But Matt Ryan should have been PFWA’s All-NFC quarterback in 2018.