Roddy White: Falcons need to pay Julio Jones
JUL 18, 9:38p ET | Sportsnaut
Rotowire: Aug 14 / 6:27p ET
News: Jones caught all four of his targets for 61 yards and a touchdowns in Friday's preseason opener against the Titans.
Impact: Jones only needed one drive and 10 snaps to produce a solid full-game stat line for most receivers. He appears to be more than ready for Week 1 but will likely still make another appearance or two during the preseason. Friday's game could be a sign of things to come, as Jones figures to rank among the league leaders in targets per game.
Rotowire: Aug 3 / 8:38p ET
News: Jones believes he's added "another gear" to his arsenal this offseason, the Associated Press reports.
Impact: Jones believes the full offseason program has allowed him to add another speed, especially on "go" routes. Both Matt Ryan and fantasy owners would love to see Jones add the deep route to his repertoire, as his longest touchdown last season came from 40 yards.
Rotowire: Jul 19 / 1:54p ET
News: The Falcons have yet to enter negotiations with Jones regarding a contract extension, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The Falcons have indicated that they intend to keep Jones -- who is entering the last year of his deal with the team -- for the long haul, but to date there has been no reported movement on that front. The 26-year old wideout is coming off a stellar 2015 campaign in which he set a franchise record with 1,593 receiving yards, while hauling in a career-high 104 passes in spite of missing a game with an oblique injury. In any case, Jones is set to make $10.176 million in 2015, and barring an unforeseen development such as a serious injury, he's bound to earn a big payday with his next contract. For a little perspective, fellow elite wideouts Dez Bryant of Dallas and Demaryius Thomas both recently inked five-year extensions for $70 million, with more than $40 million guaranteed.