Julio Jones downplays his 300-yard performance vs. Carolina
There might not be a more humble player in the NFL today than Julio Jones.
After thrashing the Carolina Panthers‘ secondary for 300 receiving yards and a touchdown on 12 receptions, Jones downplayed his incredible performance.
I spoke to Jones on the phone after the game. “You’re the sixth player ever to have 300 receiving yards in a game,” I said. “Has that hit you?”
“No, it hasn’t,” he said. “To me, they’re just numbers. Stats. I went out and did what my team needed me to do today for us to win. Just like Matt did, just like the line did all day. I’m no different.”
Along with Matt Ryan, Jones made history on Sunday:
Matt Ryan: 503 pass yds
Julio Jones: 300 receiving yds
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 3, 2016
King noted how Jones kept an even-keel after such an important win as he continued to compliment his teammates:
Jones barely sounded happy. “I am,” he said. “I’m very pleased. All I can do is go out and play 100 percent and let my production speak. But in this game, you rely so much on everyone else. We had a good team game today.”
Jones and the Falcons offense will face a big test in Week 5, taking on the defending champion Denver Broncos and their dominant defense. In particular, Jones will have to get open against Chris Harris and Aqib Talib, who both made the Pro Bowl last year.