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Julio Jones Injury Update Clouds Fantasy Outlook for 2021

Jason Schandl
Julio Jones' fantasy football outlook is hurt by his latest injury update news from Titans training camp.
Julio Jones' fantasy football outlook is hurt by his latest injury update news from Titans training camp. / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Julio Jones' departure from the Atlanta Falcons was one of the biggest stories of the NFL offseason, and he joins AJ Brown to form a terrifying wide receiver duo on the Tennessee Titans.

This situation was already not necessarily a beneficial one for Jones' fantasy value, and now injury concerns are also rearing their ugly head in training camp.

Julio Jones Fantasy Football

It's not time to hit the panic button with what is apparently just a precaution. But this is certainly a situation to monitor for the 32-year-old wideout, who missed seven games in 2020.

The other big concern around Jones' value this year is his potential for volume. Racking up huge target totals (like 170 in 2018 and 157 in 15 games in 2019) has long been one of the keys to his production.

But now he's not in an Atlanta Falcons offense that ranked top-10 in pass play percentage in each of the last three seasons (including top-five in two of the last three). He's in a Tennessee Titans offense that threw the ball at the league's third-lowest rate in both 2019 and 2020.

Sure, Arthur Smith is no longer the offensive coordinator, but he's replaced by Todd Downing, who Mike Vrabel promoted from within the organization.

And when the Titans do throw, playing alongside AJ Brown means Jones isn't the clear alpha in the pecking order that he was for most of his career in Atlanta.

Jones checks in at WR11 in The Duel's 2021 fantasy football rankings, but this new injury wrinkle makes him a very risky pick compared to some of the other players in that range.

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