Julio Jones makes sixth Pro Bowl, feels the love in At­lanta

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports This Week - BY GE­ORGE DICKIE

There’s no ques­tion­ing Julio Jones’ cre­den­tials.

In­deed, the eighth-year wide­out for the At­lanta Fal­cons has a ca­reer stats line wor­thy of Hall of Fame con­sid­er­a­tion: 698 re­cep­tions for 10,731 yards (sec­ond on the Fal­cons’ all-time list) and 51 touch­downs. He’s also the fastest re­ceiver in league his­tory to 10,000 yards, get­ting there in 104 games, and is the first to record five 1,400-yard sea­sons. And his league-lead­ing 1,677 yards re­ceiv­ing this sea­son was done while he dealt with a num­ber of nag­ging in­juries.

This week, the 29-year-old Alabama prod­uct gets an­other honor as he’s slated to start for the NFC in the 2019 Pro Bowl, which airs from Camp­ing World Sta­dium in Or­lando, Fla., Sun­day, Jan. 27, on ABC and ESPN. It’s the sixth time he’s been named to the NFL’s all-star game.

Jones loves play­ing for the Fal­cons and the Fal­cons and their fans love him, as ev­i­denced by At­lanta owner Arthur Blank’s ex­pressed de­sire to make Jones a Fal­con for life. The five-year, $71.25 mil­lion con­tract he signed in 2015 still has two years and $21 mil­lion to run but that hasn’t stopped both sides from ex­plor­ing a rene­go­ti­a­tion that would keep Jones in red and white for his ca­reer while mak­ing him the league’s high­est-paid re­ceiver.

While those talks pre­sum­ably go on, Jones will en­joy the off­sea­son and then look for­ward to his ninth sea­son in Dixie, one that will likely see him sur­pass for­mer Fal­con Roddy White’s team record of 10,863 yards re­ceiv­ing – and have his NFL fu­ture de­cided.

“I love it, man,” Jones has said, “that they have the con­fi­dence in me and that I’m go­ing to be a lifer for the Fal­cons.”

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