Julio Jones is still one of the best wide receivers in the NFL when healthy, but it looks like his Atlanta Falcons career is about to come to an end. The Falcons are trying to find a trade for Jones to help alleviate their cap troubles, and he apparently wants out anyway.
If this is truly it for Jones with the Falcons, it has been an incredible ride. There have been some impressive achievements from Jones during his professional career. He became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 10,000 career receiving yards. He also became the all-time career receiving yards leader for Atlanta and led the NFL in receiving yards twice.
While the impact Jones provides to the game is clear from a statistical standpoint, he does it in a truly explosive manner. He has made some ridiculous jaw-dropping catches during his 10 seasons in the NFL.
The next time we see Julio Jones, it will likely be in a different uniform. So with that said, let’s take a look at the five most incredible catches of his Falcons career.
5. One-handed catch vs. New York Giants
On second down, Matt Ryan threw a pass to Julio Jones from Falcons territory that looked like it was going to get intercepted. However, Jones used his long arms to catch the ball and somehow get the first down.
Jones finished the game off with a game-high 135 receiving yards on 13 receptions. Jones had a spectacular season that year (2015) as he led the league in receiving yards with 1,871.
4. Monster catch vs. Packers
Julio Jones managed to hang on to the ball while getting flipped over in mid-air. Ryan connected with Jones on a 23-yard pass to get the first down. The Falcons went on to secure the win over the Green Bay Packers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the NFC Championship Game.
Jones finished the game off with an astonishing 180 yards and two scores as the Falcons went to the Super Bowl.
3. Sideline catch in the Super Bowl
Despite cornerback Eric Rowe having inside position, Julio Jones was still able to catch the ball and managed to stay inbounds for a 27-yard gain. His ability to somehow get his right foot down and then slam down his left foot was what made it so unique.
The Falcons went on to lose this game in heartbreaking fashion against the New England Patriots. Jones finished the game off with 87 receiving yards on four receptions.
2. Jumps over a defender and sprints for a touchdown
On third down, Ryan escaped pressure and avoided the sack to launch the ball down the field to Julio Jones. He then proceeded to leap over Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly for a sensational catch and sprinted for a 70-yard touchdown.
What makes this play more inconceivable was that Jones was in double coverage the whole play. During that game, Jones recorded a game-high 178 receiving yards on nine catches. This was arguably one of the top games of his career. The Falcons went on to secure the win over the Panthers in a dramatic fashion.
1. First touchdown of his NFL career
Julio Jones made a spectacular 50-yard touchdown catch that initially didn’t count. After signaling to the refs to review, it came to the conclusion that it was a catch after all. Even while being in triple coverage, Jones came up with the ball after making a dive for it.
In the second quarter of that game, Ryan launched another deep ball to Jones, who caught it for an 80-yard touchdown. Jones had an incredible stat line that game as he finished with 131 receiving yards and two touchdowns.