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Julio Jones out Sunday against Panthers

Posted on: October 12, 2011 3:46 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2011 3:55 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

The Atlanta Falcons have spent the first five weeks of the NFL season attempting to incorporate Julio Jones into an offense that's supposed to be more high-powered, but they'll have to spend Sunday against the Panthers adjusting to life without Jones, as the rookie wideout will miss Week 6's game in Atlanta with a hamstring injury.

Jones suffered the hamstring injury late against the Packers on Sunday night; Harry Douglas will take his place in the starting lineup.

[Panthers - Falcons PreGame Central]

The rookie out of Alabama is tied for ninth in the NFL in targets this season with 42 and leads the Falcons in receiving yards with 358 (on 25 catches). Roddy White, the team's No. 1 wideout, is second in receiving yards for the Falcons and second in the NFL in targets with 54.

White also acknowledged, oddly, that this week's matchup against the Panthers is a "must-win" game.

“It’s kind of a must-win," White said per our Falcons Rapid Reporter Knox Bardeen. "It’s the next game on the schedule and at home, so I guess it’s a must-win."

OK, so he was being a little tongue-in-cheek I suppose, but White might not be that far off -- the Falcons are now 2-3 and in danger of sinking pretty far behind the division-leading Saints, as well as wild-card leaders like the Lions, Buccaneers and Giants.

Fortunately for Atlanta, Carolina's defense isn't exactly sturdy against the run (27th in the league), which means that obtaining a lead -- and keeping one -- via a heavy dose of Michael Turner might take some of the pressure off the passing attack.

Oh, hey, what a coincidence -- that's exactly what Turner wants to see too!

"[Running the ball is] our DNA, that’s what we built here," Turner said, via Bardeen. "We’ve got to be able to run it and throw it. As long as we get back to using all our weapons, we should be fine."

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Comments

Since: Nov 17, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:45 pm
 

Julio Jones out Sunday against Panthers

I'm actually worried about the game next week; the Panthers may be (1-4), but all of their losses have been by one score and they aren't playing light weights (Packers and Saints). Jones is a big loss to the Falcons, but they have to play through it and get a much needed win. Another loss to a Division opponent is definitely not what the Falcons need right now, and could potentially put them out of the Divison Race.




Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:30 pm
 

Julio Jones out Sunday against Panthers

making decision to give all those picks to brownies look worse and worse.
i dont think it was a bad pick, gave up alot for him, but wasnt a bad pick.

This is a loss though. with Jones, it's harder for Carolina to win, honestly, with the way Carolina has played, i wouldnt be surprised if an upset happened, but i also wont be surprised if Atlanta wins, should be a great game.



Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:30 pm
 

Julio Jones out Sunday against Panthers

No ill will toward Jones but maybe now (at least for one week) White will return to Fantasy dominance.  I drafted him as my #1 WR and Jones really has the #1 stats on the team so far.  A rookie WR was suppossed to take some of the pressure off White not take over for him.  I also need Gonzalez to go back to last year's stats.  He's plaing like he's 25. 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Julio Jones out Sunday against Panthers

Jones looks like the real deal though...  



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 4:39 pm
 

Julio Jones out Sunday against Panthers

Ouch...making decision to give all those picks to brownies look worse and worse. Luckly for NFL, browns judge talent like an over weight t-shirt salesman. 


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