New York Jets vs. Atlanta Falcons: Key Matchup

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Sep 22, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) catches a pass as Miami Dolphins free safety Reshad Jones (20) defends in the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Miami won 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Now, what about this guy? There still is Roddy White, but he is not playing at full strength. Julio Jones has been the man of the hour. So far, he has recorded 33 receptions for 481 yards and two touchdowns. 481 yards is an average of over 120 yards per game! Talk about deadly!

At 6’3″, he is a big problem for any average cornerback in this league. He can make the play over the top of any 5’11” defensive back. He’s fast and he has terrific hands.

He also is pretty good at getting off of the press coverage. If you, as a defensive back, don’t get on this guy, and fast, he will slap your hands away and be off down the field to catch a bomb from Matty Ice. When he gets that first step, he is gone. After watching the Pats game, I saw similar things against him. Nobody did much more than laying an occasional hand on this guy. Nobody physically interrupted his pass routes.

This will be on the shoulders of one Antonio Cromartie. At 6’2″, he can compete with Julio in the height department. What he must do is be physical from the snap. Not just jockeying with his hands, because Julio breaks from that easily. Cro must physically knock him off of his routes. He is strong enough to make a difference. Then, he can use his body to keep Jones out of the play.

It will be tough, but these things have to happen or it will be a long night in Hotlanta.

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