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Julio Jones, Better than the Rest in the NFL… Combined

Julio Jones will go down in history as the greatest Atlanta Falcon of all-time. He’s already the Falcons career leader in receptions, receiving yards, and with four touchdowns, he’ll own that mark too.

This season could see Jones make his mark as one of the all-time greats in the NFL as well. He as many more 250+ yard receiving games as the rest of the NFL’s active receivers… combined.

No other receiver in NFL history has more than one 250+ yard game, let alone three. Jones three games were vs. Carolina Panthers (2016) – 12 catches, 300 yards, 1 touchdown, vs. Green Bay Packers (2014) – 11 catches, 259 yards, 1 touchdown, and vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2017) – 12 catches, 253 yards, 2 touchdowns.

Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs is the latest to join the 250 yard club last season with a 269 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The two other players on the “active” list are Josh Gordon, who didn’t play in 2020 and Antonio Brown. The likelihood either of those two players joining Jones on the multiple 250 list is slim and none.

One of only six players with a 300 yard receiving game, Jones played only 70% of the team’s offensive snaps in the blowout win vs. Carolina.

Jones has a chance to make a big leap into NFL royalty in 2021. His 12,896 yards ranks 20th all-time in the NFL, but he’s poised to make a big jump in 2021. Jones has averaged nearly 1,300 yards per season in Atlanta, and if he matches that number in 2021, he’ll move ahead of Andre Johnson and in to 11th place all-time.

Here’s a list of 250 yard receiving games in NFL History according to Pro Football Reference

1Flipper Anderson336RamsSaints (1989)
2Calvin Johnson329LionsCowboys (2013)
3Stephone Paige309ChiefsChargers (1985)
4Jim Benton303RamsLions (1945)
5Cloyce Box302LionsColts (1950)
6Julio Jones300FalconsPanthers (2016)
7Jimmy Smith291JaguarsRavens (2000)
8Jerry Rice28949ersVikings (1995)
9John Taylor28649ersRams (1989)
10Antonio Brown284SteelersRaiders (2015)
11Terrell Owens28349ersBears (2000)
12Andre Johnson273TexansJaguars (2012)
13Charley Hennigan272OilersPatriots (1961)
14Tyreek Hill269ChiefsBuccaneers (2020)
14Del Shofner269GiantsRedskins (1962)
15Lee Evans265BillsTexans (2006)
16Josh Gordon261BrownsJaguars (2013)
16Steve Largent261SeahawksLions (1987)
18Chad Johnson260BengalsChargers (2006)
18Wes Chandler260ChargersBengals (1982)
20Julio Jones259FalconsPackers (2014)
21Qadry Ismail258RavensSteelers (1999)
22Billy Howton257PackersRams (1956)
23Sonny Randle256CardinalsGiants (1962)
24Anthony Allen255RedskinsCardinals (1987)
24Jerry Butler255BillsJets (1979)
26Brian Hartline253DolphinsCardinals (2012)
26Julio Jones253FalconsBuccaneers (2017)
26Plaxico Burress253SteelersFalcons (2002)
29Miles Austin250CowboysChiefs (2009)
Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy is an Atlanta native and 20 year media veteran including time as Director of Scouting at Scout.com, Managing Editor at 247Sports, VP Content Operations at Sports Illustrated and more. Scott has appeared as a recruiting and NFL Draft analyst on dozens of media including ESPN, NFL Network, USA Today, NY Times, and more.

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