Falcons WR Julio Jones favored to lead the NFL in receiving yards in 2019
Jones, who paced the league with 1,677 yards to go along with 113 catches and eight touchdowns in 2018, is the favorite to do it for a third time in his career at 4/1 odds. Houston Texans wide out DeAndre Hopkins and Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. are tied for second at 11/2 odds, and Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster come in third at 6/1.
Rounding out the top five are Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide out Mike Evans and Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams, who each have 8/1 odds for fourth place. Then, New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas and Minnesota Vikings receiver Adam Thielen are fifth at 10/1.
Jones, who played his collegiate football at the University of Alabama, was originally selected by the Falcons with the sixth overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.
He had a very impressive rookie campaign, hauling in 55 receptions for 959 yards and eight scores. Then, the following year, Jones made his first Pro Bowl after catching 79 passes for 1,198 yards while reaching the end zone 10 times.
The 30-year-old has made six Pro Bowl appearances overall and has earned a pair of First-Team All-Pro selections in the process. His best season came back in 2015, when he led the league in both catches (136) and receiving yards (1,871) as well as posting eight touchdowns.
Jones has logged five consecutive 1,000-yard campaigns and has gone to five straight Pro Bowls over that span.