By David F. Cohen
Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is properly respectful of Falcons’ great receiver Julio Jones.
But if you read between the lines of what he just said, you have to wonder if he is already lowering expectation for his woeful secondary just three days before the Falcons come to the Linc:
“All those big guys, even when they’re covered, they’re still open,” Schwartz said. “Because the catching radius is so big, they’re so strong, they’re so physical and they can jump. I think that’s what takes Julio to a level that’s different than other NFL receivers.
“He [Jones] can threaten deep down the field. He can catch the ball over the middle. He can take a short-pass over the middle and he can run. He’s extremely strong. He’s hard to knock off his routes. Larry Fitzgerald had a lot of that and I think Julio Jones might even be more explosive and more dynamic than Larry Fitzgerald and he’s a Hall of Fame receiver.”
In the 2015 season opener, Jones (above) accounted for 141 yards and two touchdowns on nine receptions.
“I think probably the No. 1 thing is his physical strength,” Schwartz said. “His ability to make catches in traffic. Make contested catches. Get open against press coverage. Those are all things we’re going to have to take into consideration.”