When Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones isn’t dealing with injuries, the 4-time Pro Bowler is nearly impossible to stop. As he himself says, no one can guard him one-on-one.
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During Wednesday’s media session for Super Bowl LI, Jones was asked if he thinks anyone in the NFL can guard him one-on-one. His answer was short and straightforward, “One-on-one? No, I do not,” Jones replied.
Jones has all the skills needed to be one of the best receivers in the NFL. His 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame allows him to be physical on the line of scrimmage. He has incredible leaping ability and soft hands so he can win the majority of jump balls thrown his way. And the 2-time All-Pro has the speed and quickness to burn any defender down the field. All of these attributes make Jones a nightmare for d-backs.
We don’t know how the Patriots plan to contain Jones, but we do know that their Pro Bowl cornerback Malcolm Butler has wanted to guard Jones for a long time. Now he will finally get his chance.
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The 27-year-old receiver had an impressive 2016 regular season. In 14 games, he had 83 receptions, 1,409 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Jones also caught 64.3 percent of the passes thrown his way.
Jones developed his great hands by performing a drill in which he catches six tennis balls at a time. While he was in college at Alabama, Jones caught up to 1,000 tennis balls a day. This drill teaches receivers to use their fingertips instead of their palms to catch a football. This is a great drill for football players at any level who want to improve their catching ability.
Check out the drill in the video above and keep an eye out for the Butler vs. Jones matchup during Super Bowl LI.