Falcons superstar Julio Jones dealing with a foot injury
Julio Jones has reported for mandatory minicamp, but all is apparently not well with the Atlanta Falcons receiver. Jones will not participate in drills at minicamp because he’s rehabbing a foot injury, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
While the injury doesn’t sound too serious as coach Dan Quinn relayed it, it’s still notable. Jones was dealing with a foot injury toward the end of last season, although he didn’t miss a game. It’s unclear if this foot injury is related, although it would be a bit troubling if it were still bothering him this long after the season ended.
Foot injuries can be tricky, and they often plague receivers. That being said, there’s no real reason to be concerned yet, and the team is likely just being cautious with their star.
Jones held out of a good amount of the team’s offseason activities last year, feeling that he was grossly underpaid. Jones signed a contract extension a few years ago that turned out to be extremely team-friendly as the receiver market exploded in recent years.
Eventually, the team threw in some incentives as a sweetener to convince him to return last year. He stayed away from all the voluntary portions of the offseason this year, but reported when minicamp opened, which is a good sign.
This offseason, we’ve heard reports that the two sides were nearing a deal on an extension, but nothing has materialized so far. Whenever Jones does get his new contract, it should shatter records. Jones remained one of the best receivers in the league last year, leading the NFL in yardage.
Jones’ current deal runs through the 2020 season. This is a big year for him, and for the team overall. They were a huge disappointment last season, and if Quinn doesn’t get things turned around in 2019, his seat will get very hot.