EXCLUSIVE. Willie McGinest has some advice for the Atlanta Falcons brass … RELAX … saying anyone in ATL’s front office who’s miffed Julio Jones is training with T.O. is wrong – because it’s actually a good idea.
Jones and Owens have been working out together this offseason, and there are reports that some of the higher-ups in Atlanta are concerned Terrell might rub off on Julio a little bit.
Willie says that would actually be a GOOD thing … telling our guy at LAX, Owens has a lot of positive things to offer a stud receiver like Jones.
“Training with Terrell Owens I don’t think is a bad thing. T.O. was one of the hardest working guys in the NFL and never had a problem with his work ethic or being in shape.”
Check out Julio Jones working with Terrell Owens
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) June 12, 2018
In talking about the Atlanta Falcons’ offseason program last week, quarterback Matt Ryan said wide receiver Julio Jones had been working with Terrell Owens, who’ll be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 4.
On Thursday, the Alabama football program’s Twitter account gave an illustration of what Ryan was talking about with video of Jones and Owens working out in Tuscaloosa.
During his three seasons as a starter at Alabama, Jones set school records for single-season receptions and receiving yards and single-game receiving yards and helped the Crimson Tide win the 2009 BCS national championship in an undefeated season.
Jones and Owens were multi-sport prep standouts in Alabama – Jones at Foley and Owens at Benjamin Russell in Alexander City.
Jones has been a Pro Bowler five times and a first-team All-Pro twice in his seven NFL seasons.
Jones has led the NFC in receiving yards in each of the past four seasons and has five 1,000-yard seasons.
The Falcons started their offseason program this week, but Jones is in Tuscaloosa for Friday’s grand-opening festivities of Julio Jones KIA and Julio Jones Mazda at 4301 Greensboro Ave.
Julio Jones training with Terrell Owens reportedly making Falcons front office uneasy
Which is a long way of saying the Falcons might not be thrilled to see Julio Jones, their star receiver who is in the middle of a holdout, spending a bunch of time this offseason with Terrell Owens.
According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, while appearing on ESPN Charlotte radio, Julio training with Owens has made the front office uneasy.
“The fact that he’s running around with Terrell Owens has the front office uneasy. The fact that he held out and is bucking the whole ‘brotherhood’ thing has them a little bit uneasy too,” Ledbetter said.
That’s what Julio is doing: the receiver approached things passive-aggressively at first, scrubbing his Instagram feed of any Falcons photos and causing Falcons fans to freak the geek out.
The theoretical concern here for the Falcons is not Julio skipping, even if, as Ledbetter pointed out, Quinn was anticipating Julio’s presence only to see the receiver flip.
The concern for Atlanta is, as Danny Kanell noted on CBS Sports HQ Tuesday morning, having Owens out there giving Julio advice.
Having Owens serve in any kind of advisory role for Julio – basically telling him he shouldn’t show up until he gets paid – could viably be a major concern if you’re part of the Falcons.