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Falcons’ wide receiver Julio Jones expresses frustration with lack of red zone targets

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Atlanta Falcons’ wide receiver Julio Jones is growing more and more frustrated as each week passes.  After starting the season 5-1, the Falcons have fallen to 6-6 on the year at the hands of a 23-19 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday.

Failing to catch a touchdown for the fourth consecutive week, Jones expressed his frustration regarding the lack of targets that he is receiving in the red zone.

“I just go out there and just do what I’m told to do,” said Jones. “If we’re getting those looks, I think they’ll call those plays. But I don’t know. I don’t know what we’re getting down there. I don’t know what the thinking is as far as if we’re going to throw the jump balls or if we’re going to run the ball or whatever look we’re getting down there. We practice throughout the week throwing jump balls, throwing fades, throwing all these little things. But when the game comes, you never know what’s going to come up.”

Notching eight receptions for 93 yards in the losing effort, Jones did surpass the 100-catch plateau for the season but did so in yet another tough outing for his team.

Obviously as the team’s top offensive weapon, defenses have attempted to take the 26-year-old out of the game.  However, Falcons’ offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan continues to be scrutinized for his playing calling as of late as he has failed to target Jones with fades and jump balls in scoring range.

Jones was the target of quarterback Matt Ryan’s costly interception with 1:39 remaining in the game Sunday, presumably adding to the young wide out’s frustration.  When he catches a touchdown this season, the Falcons are 3-1.

Nonetheless, his 1,338 receiving yards lead the NFL even in the midst of the Falcons’ slump.


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