Famed review: Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is “gonna have a breakout season this coming year” according to Jerry Rice. Speaking with ESPN’s SportsCenter, the Hall of Fame legend is buying in on the Alabama product’s prospects. “I love this kid…He’s awesome. He’s big, he’s fast.” Despite getting 46 fewer receptions than teammate Roddy White last year, Jones matched his TD total (8), while only racking up 337 fewer yards. Rice isn’t the only one who feels this way. Jones is valued as a solid No. 2 WR in fantasy circles, aided by reports the Falcons plan on utilizing his talents more in 2012.
Which one? NFL Films guru Greg Cosell believes a healthy Andre Johnson deserves top billing as the league’s best wide receiver. Though Calvin Johnson gets close consideration, Cosell says,”Talk to many receivers and defensive backs in the league, and they will tell you that his combination of size, speed and sheer athleticism is off the charts. They have never seen another receiver like him.” While a debate for either receiver can be made, fantasy owners seem to prefer Megatron over the Texans star. As seen in the NFL fantasy experts league mock draft, Calvin is more often than not the first receiver taken off fantasy draft boards. Potential owners can’t go wrong with either player, just be prepared for them to be picked by the end of the second-round.
Toon in? According to WWLTV in New Orleans, rookie receiver Nick Toon “could become the perfect receiving complement to Marques Colston…In the end, we see Toon ultimately being the one to take advantage of Meachem’s absence.” The Wisconsin product has been a standout during offseason workouts, and could earn his way into a timeshare much like the one Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson have held in previous seasons. Toon won’t find his way onto many fantasy rosters, but that could change depending on how things develop during training camp.
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