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Julio Jones: Ranking the 5 most incredible catches of his career with the Falcons

Julio Jones is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL and his performance for the Atlanta Falcons during the 2019 season was the latest example of why that’s the case.

There have been some impressive achievement from Jones during his professional career. He recently 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 the Atlanta Falcons.

While the impact Jones provides to the game is clear from a statistical standpoint, he does it in a truly explosive manner. He’s made some ridiculous jaw-dropping catches during his nine seasons in the NFL. Let’s take a look at his five most incredible catches of his career so far:

5. One-handed catch vs. New York Giants

On second down, Matt Ryan threw a pass to Julio Jones from the 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.

Julio finished the game off 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.

Jones finished the game off with an astonishing 108 yards in only five receptions. At the end of the season (2017), Jones was ranked #3 in the league in receiving yards with 1,444.

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. This was arguably one of the best catches of Jones season that year.

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 a heartbreaking fashion. Jones finished the game off with 87 receiving yards on 4 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 only 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 off 131 receiving yards and two touchdowns.