Atlanta wide out Julio Jones told reporters Tuesday he won’t participate in preseason games this year, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.
“I don’t need preseason to get ready,” Jones said matter-of-factly, noting that if he gets in some practices, he’ll be fine for the 2019 campaign.
The Falcons kick off a five-game preseason slate on Thursday in the Hall of Fame Game versus the Denver Broncos. Safety Keanu Neal also told reporters he was not sure how much, if any, he would play in the game.
It’s not a surprise in the least that Jones won’t play this preseason. The superstar receiver continues to rehab from a foot issue and is looking for a new contract.
Jones didn’t participate last preseason and played just one game in the 2017 preseason.