Falcons' Julio Jones says he's '100 percent' healthy going into opener
Jones' season ended after just five games last season due to a broken foot, the second time he had sustained the injury in his career.
“I’m just happy to be back, just being healthy and going out there and playing in the regular season,” Jones said to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I was down last year. I wasn’t there to help my teammates. Now, I just feel great man. I feel like I’m 100 percent right now going into this game.”
Falcons coach Mike Smith eased Jones back onto the field at the beginning of training camp, having him alternate days of practice with days of rest, before Jones began practicing normally toward the end of August.
After sitting out Atlanta's first preseason games, Jones played in the team's second and third games before sitting out the final one along with multiple other Falcons starters.
Jones also said Thursday that he's at the point where he no longer thinks about his foot being hurt while playing.
Jones, 25, caught 79 passes for 1,198 yards and 10 touchdowns in his last healthy season in 2012.
Atlanta opens the season at home against the New Orleans Saints.
- Ben Estes