Despite the Atlanta Falcons’ current six-game losing streak, wide receiver Julio Jones continues to be one of the best playmakers in the league this season. Posting his 116th reception of the year midway through the third quarter Sunday, Jones set the franchise record for the most receptions in a single-season.
Earning the honor on his seventh catch of the outing, the fifth year man surpassed the mark previously set by his teammate Roddy White.
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With the Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars now knotted at 17 points apiece through three quarters, Jones has eight receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown. Tallying his first touchdown reception since Week 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he has previously expressed his frustration with not being able to find the end zone.
Now with 117 catches for 1,539 yards and seven scores on the season, the 26-year-old entered the contest with a career-high 169 targets as the Falcons continue to feed him the football. With White’s lack of production in 2015, Jones is approaching his career-high of 1,593 receiving yards, which he set last season.
Prior to the current losing streak, the Falcons began the year with a 5-1 record and were slated to contend for a title by the end of the season. However, even with Jones thriving, the team has been unable to play up to their potential as of late.