It's been a tough start to the 2017 campaign for Julio Jones. In fact, it's been the slowest first quarter of a season in his career, with just 19 catches and 295 yards without a touchdown. The good news? The hip injury that limited Jones to 15 snaps at home vs. the Bills in Week 4 is healed enough that he's practicing Wednesday, the first session since returning from the bye week.
More good news: Jones has been an animal in his first game back from the bye in his career, averaging 5.8-113.6, including three touchdowns, with only Patrick Peterson last season keeping Jones below 100 yards receiving. Plus, Steve Sarkisian was beginning to figure out how to best deploy one of the game's deadliest weapons before his injury. Jones averaged 10-plus targets and 99.5 yards in Weeks 2-3, up from 5 and 66, respectively, in the opener.
The Dolphins have been fairly tough on opposing wide outs — 582 yards and two touchdowns surrendered through four games — but preventing Jones' 2017 breakout on Sunday will be even a tougher mission than usual.
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2. Antonio Brown, Steelers at Chiefs
3. Jordy Nelson, Packers at Vikings
4. Stefon Diggs, Vikings vs. Packers
5. Julio Jones*, Falcons vs. Dolphins
6. Michael Thomas, Saints vs. Lions
7. Chris Hogan, Patriots at Jets
8. Mike Evans, Buccaneers at Cardinals