Julio Jones defends Matt Ryan in wake of Jalen Ramsey’s comments

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is interviewed after practice during training camp on July 27.Photo Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Jones: “He hasn’t faced Matt yet, but everybody is entitled to their own opinion.”

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones has a personal interest in his teams preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

While Jones will not play against Jalen Ramsey and the Jaguars, Matt Ryan is scheduled to test the mettle of the brash cornerback. Ramsey took issue with nearly every NFL quarterback in a recent interview with GQ, labeling Ryan the 2016 NFL Most Valuable Player as overrated in the magazine article.

He hasnt faced Matt yet, but everybody is entitled to their own opinion, Jones said, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution. We are not going to go back and forth with things like that. Well, hell have his opportunity on Saturday to go against Matt. Im looking forward to it and I know that Matt probably is, too.

Jones is being held back for precautionary reasons, even though the five-time Pro Bowl selection doesnt have an injury.

Hey man, look, I watched a little film on him today, Jones said of Ramsey. We installed some things, but hes a great athlete. Dont get me wrong, besides him talking and things like that, he can play.

Hes probably one of the better corners in the league that can play. But yes, I would like to (play), but its bigger than a matchup of somebody taking trash or things like that. Weve got a whole season to look forward, too. We are going to stay the course and do what we do.

Jones is coming off another huge season with 88 receptions for 1,444 yards, although he only reached the end zone three times.

It marked the fourth consecutive season in which Jones amassed at least 1,400 yards receiving and the fifth time in seven campaigns that he has eclipsed 1,000 yards.

Jones has appeared in 95 regular-season games for the Falcons, recording 585 catches for 9,054 yards and 43 touchdowns since being selected with the sixth overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Ramsey recorded 63 tackles and four interceptions in 16 games last season. The 23-year-old has collected 128 tackles and six interceptions since being selected with the fifth overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.

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