Atlanta Falcons' Julio Jones 'might mess around' and go for 3,000 yards receiving

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We all know that the NFL has become a passing league, with rules changes allowing for quarterbacks and wide receivers to post eye-popping, video game-type numbers that not long ago would have been inconceivable.

The Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones is one of those receivers who can light up a statistical ledger. He’s twice led the league in receiving (including a career-high 1,871 yards in 2015), and been over 1,400 yards receiving the previous five seasons. 

For 2019, he’s got something bigger in mind: 3,000 yards.

That’d be an NFL record, sports fans … by more than 1,000 yards.

Jones, who is seeking a new contract from the Falcons, seems serious.

Julio Jones has 10,731 yards receiving in his eight-year NFL career. (Photo: Jason Getz, USA TODAY Sports)

“I’m going crazy this year,” Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. “I’m going crazy. I’ve been doing everything that I need to do. I’m taking care of my body. Physically and mentally, I’ll be ready to go.

“I’m…

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