As far as Julio Jones is concerned, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter can call in the National Guard. Koetter can put 10 players on Jones, as he jokingly suggested earlier in the week. He can bring John Lynch out of retirement from his office as San Francisco’s general manager. But that’s not going to stop Jones, who caught 12 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons’ 34-20 win over the Bucs on Nov. 26 in Atlanta. “Ten, whew,” Jones said Friday. “All man, Dirk. He’s a great head coach. He was a great offensive coordinator here. But I doubt, I highly doubt that he’s going to put 10 guys on me.” The Falcons (8-5) are set to face the Bucs (4-9) at 8:30 p.m. Monday at Raymond James Stadium. Mohamed Sanu would like to see 10 players on Jones. “If they have 10 on Julio, that means they have one to cover the other 10,” Sanu said. “That might leave me open.” Sanu knows that Jones normally draws a crowd. “When Julio is out there, you just go and do your part,” said Sanu, who has 54 catches for 578 yards and a team-leading five touchdowns. On the season, Jones has 73 catches for 1,161 yards and three touchdowns. Jones doesn’t expect to be left in single coverage for most of the game, as in the previous outing. Mike Smith, a former Falcons head coach, is Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator.
Julio Jones plans to be ready for Bucs ‘Cover 10’
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Dec 16