The Atlanta Falcons wide receiver has to be his typical, explosive self to help his 9-6 team secure a playoff spot with a victory over visiting Carolina. For Jones to make such an impact, the Falcons might want to closely evaluate when he rotates out of the game. The rotation, which hasn't caused major issues on a weekly basis, came under the microscope last Sunday, when the Falcons dropped a 23-13 decision at New Orleans. Late in the second quarter, Jones was out of the game in favor of inexperienced and undrafted Marvin Hall on a third-and-10 play. Matt Ryan's pass went to Hall, who couldn't come up with a catch, leading to the now infamous "butt pick" by Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian admitted that the play would have gone to Jones had he been in the game. Jones' absence drew the ire of some fans, who wondered why the team's best player wasn't on the field in such a situation. But none of it would have been an issue had Hall made the play.
Falcons need Julio Jones for as many snaps as possible with postseason at stake
ESPN | Dec 31