Falcons' Julio Jones looking to shine in Year 2

By: Matt Harris Email
By: Matt Harris Email

The Associated Press
Atlanta Falcons rookie receiver Julio Jones catches a pass during a workout with teammates Tuesday in Buford.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Julio Jones is still drawing double-takes over his new hairstyle.

Gone are his trademark dreadlocks, cut off and donated to charity. Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith says he didn't even recognize the receiver the first time he saw him with his shorter locks this summer.

Of course, the Falcons are more concerned about what Jones does with a helmet on his head. From all indications, this could be a breakout year for a guy who had a solid rookie season but, in some people's eyes, didn't quite live up to the lofty expectations.

Jones is definitely more comfortable in the Falcons' system. Last year, he was thrown right into the mix after the lockout and spent much of his time just trying to figure out what was going on.

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