Super Bowl LI: Julio Jones won't mind if Patriots take him away
The New England Patriots have pledged to commit everyone to Julio Jones, which is just fine with the Atlanta Falcons' star wide receiver.
Jones will be the primary focus of the Patriots defense, having enjoyed another spectacular season that has seen him rack up 1409 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
He caught nine passes for 180 yards and two scores in the Falcons' NFC Championship game rout of the Green Bay Packers and had a 300-yard performance in Week 4 against the Carolina Panthers.
Speaking about Jones on Monday, Patriots safety Devin McCourty said the Patriots will "have to try to commit everyone to him."
But Jones has confidence in the Falcons' plethora of weapons to pick up the slack in Super Bowl LI should the Patriots shut him down.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who will likely be announced as the NFL MVP on Saturday, set a league record this season with touchdown passes to 13 different receivers.
"I don't mind them taking me away," Jones told reporters Wednesday in Houston. "We've got a lot of weapons. It's a team effort.
"It takes a team to win a game," Jones said. "I can go out and play really well individually, but I can't win a game."
Jones also heaped praise on offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan - set to become the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers - for dialling up plays that allow the Falcons' offense to excel.
"It helps a great deal," Jones said. "As a defensive coordinator, you've really got to pick your poison to see what you're going to try to take away, whether it's the running game or the passing game."