Julio Jones Expected to Play Against the Texans; Should You Start Him?
The Falcons receiver has battled hamstring problems
By: Athlon Sports | 12/4/11, 8:14 AM EST
Julio Jones is expected to suit up against the Texans and make it into the starting lineup today after battling hamstring issues the last few weeks.
Jones missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday after missing the last two weeks of football, but should be playing today for the first time since November 13th.
The questions is, do you play him?
The short answer is yes. (The even shorter answer is y).
Jones has been pretty spectacular this season and there's no reason to think he'll be anythng less against a Texans defense that hasn't been that strong against the pass.
Matt Ryan will be glad to have his rookie burner back and will look to get him involved and get their rhythm back as the Falcons make their way for a playoff push.
It's a little scary that he didn't practice this week, which means there will be some rust, and probably a few timing issues. But looking at Julio's history, he managed to come into the league with limited training camp and produce right away.
And we're hoping he can do that again after missing practice for nearly a month.
Don't expect gigantic numbers out of Julio Jones today, but something along the lines of 5 catches for 65 yards and a score is probably the low end. Unless he tweaks his hammy again. Then all bets are off.
But the Falcons wouldn't be putting him out there if they thought he would injure that hamstring again. Start Julio Jones with confidence today against the Texans.
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