What has Julio Jones's impact been on the game of football?
Recent rumors have suggested that Julio Jones will be traded before the upcoming season begins. The 6th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft has spent his entire career with the Atlanta Falcons. Which teams should try to acquire Julio? What has Julio’s impact been on the game of football?
Julio Jones committed to playing college football for the Alabama Crimson Tide and began playing for the team in 2008. Alabama had went just 7-6 and 6-7 in the previous two seasons before Julio’s arrival. They were not the perennial powerhouse that are currently are at the time of Julio’s arrival. In three seasons with Julio, Alabama went 36-5 and won a national championship. Julio ended up being the first of many Alabama wide receivers under Nick Saban to be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft. Amari Cooper, Calvin Ridley, Henry Ruggs III, Jerry Jeudy, Jaylen Waddle, and Devonta Smith were all also first round picks. Did Julio Jones set the standard for receivers at Alabama? How big of a role did Julio Jones play in the Crimson Tide becoming a dynasty?
With his combination of size and speed, Julio Jones might have been the ideal wide receiver to enter the league as a draft prospect. The former Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver did not fail to live up to expectations. Since 2010, Julio has over 1,000 more receiving yards than any other player in the entire league. For his career, Julio averages 96 receiving yards per game, which is an NFL record. Julio helped the Falcons reach the Super Bowl in 2017 and is part of the reason why Matt Ryan might be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day. What else could Julio have a positive impact on before his career ends?
The Atlanta Falcons have reportedly been offered a first-round pick in exchange for Julio Jones. Should the Falcons have accepted that deal? What teams should be trying to trade for Julio?
New England Patriots:
After winning six Super Bowls in a span of 19 seasons, making the playoffs in eleven consecutive seasons, and appearing in three of the past four Super Bowls, the Patriots went 7-9 and missed the playoffs last season. Clearly, losing is not something that Bill Belichick and the Patriots are accustomed to. Belichick is 69 years of age and does not want to wait a couple of years to start winning again. He will be determined to have a bounce back season. The Patriots ranked just 30th in total passing yards last season and their key long-time receiver Julian Edelman announced his retirement in April. Trading for Julio Jones would improve the Patriots passing attack.
The Tennessee Titans made the 2020 AFC title game and finished last season with an 11-5 record. With another piece, the Titans could be amongst the best teams in the AFC if they aren’t already. Corey Davis, Jonnu Smith, and Adam Humphries accounted for 43% of the teams receiving yards last season and 45% of the teams receiving touchdowns last season. Given that those three players are no longer on the team, the Titans will have to find a way to replace all that production. Trading for Julio Jones would certainly help.
Green Bay Packers:
Outside of Devante Adams, the Packers wide receiver group is very underwhelming. The team has appeared in the NFC title game in each of the past two seasons and believes that they can compete for a Super Bowl. Julio Jones could propel the Packers into Super Bowl champions. Additionally, it’s well known that Aaron Rodgers no longer wants to be in Green Bay. Trading for Julio could change the 2020 NFL MVP’s mind.
Julio Jones will be 32 years of age by the time next season starts. With just 3,039 more career receiving yards, Julio will have more career receiving yards than Terrell Owens, who is currently third in NFL history with 15,934 career receiving yards. It is possible that Julio will retire with the third most receiving yards in NFL history. Will Julio go down as one of the best wide receivers in NFL history? Will Julio be playing for the Atlanta Falcons next season? Only time will tell.