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It just makes too much sense.


The Colts need to add more weapons, and Julio needs a new home.


After the Colts made their splash move of the off-season, acquiring Matt Ryan for a third-round pick, their solidity of the quarterback position has been secured. Now it is time for Chris Ballard to use our excess cap space to give the former MVP some weapons. Going into next season, the Colts are sitting slim at the wide receiver position, with Michael Pittman Jr occupying the #1 spot, but there are not many household names after that. With Zach Pascal just signing with the eagles, Indy’s number two at the time is Parris Campbell, who has the potential for a breakout season, but until now, has had his career plagued with injuries. It is without a doubt the Colts could use a new skilled deep threat who can handle double-digit targets, and Julio Jones fits that player type.

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On the other hand, Julio Jones is coming off back-to-back seasons with ten or fewer games played, and his effectiveness dropped after each season. Despite his recent struggles, he is still a 7-time pro-bowler and two-time all-pro. Some may argue Julio Jones was THE best receiver of the 2010s and ranks up there on many people’s all-time list. Julio ranks 17th all-time in receiving yards and, more importantly, first all-time in yards per game at 91.9. Jones may be older and have less explosiveness than he did earlier in his career, but he still has the potential to make an impact for the Colts and, without a doubt, help our offense. This move could help Ryan feel more comfortable in Indy.


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The Connection


Ryan and Jones were among the best QB-WR duos of the past decade, combining 848 catches for 12,896 yards and 60 touchdowns across 135 appearances. Neither of their careers would be what they look like today without each other. Their most memorable catch came in Super Bowl LI, with Ryan throwing a ball only Jones could track down across the right sideline in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. The two always seem to create highlight reels on the field together, so it is something that both parties should investigate.

Colts players such as Darius Leonard have already started to recruit Jones to come to Indy.



Overall, it is more of a risk for the Colts in this situation, having Jones still not 100 percent and his consistency and field presence being up in the air for the future. Nonetheless, the connection just makes too much sense. On a cheap deal, this could be a game-changing move for the Colts going forward if all were to work out. As many Colts fans have been vocal about in the last couple of days, Ryan and Jones 2.0 in Indy has an exciting ring to it.

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Julio or not, Ballard needs to provide Ryan with more weapons. However, Colts fans should be excited for the new season; with the first time since Andrew Luck, we have a quarterback we can trust and have confidence in.

So why not bring Ryan’s old buddy back.

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