Falcons' Jones applauds Brown for rank in Top 100

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) looks on before the NFC wild-card playoff football game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 6.Photo: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones took to social media to congratulate Pittsburgh Steelers star Antonio Brown for claiming the top rank among wideouts in the NFL Network's Top 100 poll.

Brown was ranked second by his peers to only New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who reeled in the No. 1 spot for the second year and a row and third time since 2011.

The reigning AFC Offensive Player of the Year, Brown set an NFL record in 2017 by catching at least 100 passes in five consecutive seasons. He had 101 receptions for an NFL-best 1,533 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games in 2017.

"Congrats! Now one of us got to get that #1," Jones wrote to Brown on Instagram.

Jones collected 88 receptions for 1,444 yards and three touchdowns in 2017. It marked the fourth consecutive season with at least 1,400 yards receiving for Jones, the No. 6 overall pick of the Falcons in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, who finished fifth on the list, was quick to sing Brown's praises to NFL Network.

"AB's the best player I've ever seen in person," Bell said. "The double team doesn't matter. AB's gonna beat the double-team every time. He catches, you know, 200, 300 balls after practice every day. And he's always working his feet. At the end of the day, he's going to get the job done."

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