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Falcons’ One-Two Punch Good for a Knockout Against Baltimore

A late third-quarter glance at the box score of tonight’s Falcons-Raven game shows something rarely seen in preseason play: Atlanta’s two leading receivers in the game happen to be Atlanta’s top two receivers on the depth chart.

Despite playing only a couple of series on offense with the rest of the first team unit, Atlanta’s dynamic wideout duo of Roddy White and Julio Jones looked mighty impressive early Thursday night. Julio Jones racked up over 100 yards receiving and caught a Matt Ryan touchdown, while White snagged three balls for 46 yards.

White and Jones were so dynamic, that Matt Ryan didn’t bother completing a pass to any other receiver. Ryan’s 155 yard passing total consisted of completions to only his top two targets.

While it’s hard to read too much into a preseason game, it’s even more difficult to ignore the performances turned in by the Falcons’ top big play threats. 100 yards receiving in a game is an achievement over the course of four quarters, and is quite frankly stunning in a six-catch outing against the Ravens’ first team defense in the first game back since breaking for the summer.

Roddy White will remain the Falcons number one, but it certainly wouldn’t be an offensive downgrade if Jones were to carry this type of performance into September. With two of the game’s best big-play threats in full swing so early on in the preseason, Atlanta fans should be more than pleased with the debut of the 2012 first team offense.


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