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Jul 27, 2018; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) and quarterback Matt Ryan (2) shake hands on the field during Training Camp at Falcons Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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Let’s take a dive down a rabbit hole and break down Julio Jones’ 2017 season.

First, the grading:

Jones was the top-graded receiver in the league including the playoffs and his receiving grade ranked second. We do see an average 58.0 drop grade, a result of 10 drops on 116 catchable passes.

Here’s a look at our best wide receiver stat, yards per route run:

For all receivers with at least 50 targets, Jones was far and away the most efficient with 3.08 yards per route run. This is the third straight year leading the league for Jones.

Deep Passing

The Falcons’ deep-pass game was not as efficient in 2017 as it was in 2016, and it’s reflected in Jones ranking 23rd in deep-pass catch percentage. His three drops on deep passes tied for the league lead, but his 415 deep yards ranked seventh in the league including the playoffs.

Drop Rate

Back to the drops. Jones tied for 57th in drop rate as 8.6 percent of his catchable targets hit the ground.

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