Atlanta Falcons star Julio Jones will indeed have surgery to fix all that ails his prized feet on Monday. The dynamic wideout struggled with nagging toe and foot issues down the stretch of the 2016-17 season and into the postseason.
This is not the first time that Jones has had surgery performed on his feet. Coming into the league he went berserk at the NFL Scouting Combine before going under the knife in 2011.
In 2013, he suffered a second foot fracture that hindered that campaign.
Jones’ availability is not expected to be hindered in any way, shape or form going into training camp.
However, don’t be surprised if the Falcons treat the veteran playmaker with a special hands-off approach during preseason contests.
Julio Jones style of play is aggressive, physical and very damaging to both himself and his opponents and Atlanta would be foolish to let me him see extended exhibition action.
The Falcons have placed a second round tender to ensure the services of speedy deep threat Taylor Gabriel and it would expected to see him, Mohamed Sanu and others in the Falcons’ receiving corps get most of the reps until the scores count for real.
The meantime, look for Jones to find additional ways to build chemistry with his MVP quarterback Matt Ryan as the two are also very cerebral players who are always looking to exploit match-ups and vulnerabilities.