Former Alabama receiver Julio Jones is on his way to a Hall of Fame career in the NFL, and Sunday night was another step in that direction.
Jones became the second-fastest receiver in NFL history to hit the 8,000-yard plateau against the Patriots during Sunday Night Football. He’s currently eighth on the active receiving yardage list.
The second fastest EVER to reach 8,000 yards. pic.twitter.com/tkrTzcNV6M
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) October 23, 2017
Only Lance Alworth reached 8,000 yards quicker than Jones. Alworth needed 83 games for the feat, compared to 85 for Jones.
The Falcons, as a whole, had an abysmal game vs the Pats. They trailed 17-0 at halftime and quarterback Matt Ryan had just 92 passing yards in the first 30 minutes. Jones had just 30 yards before the break.
Jones, however, finished with 9 catches for 99 yards and a TD in the Falcons’ 23-7 loss.
In his career, Jones, 28, came into the game with 7,977 yards and 40 touchdowns in 84 games with the Falcons.