Jones moves into second-place on franchise’s all-time receptions list

December 18, 2017 Tampa: Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones makes a reception against the Buccaneers in a NFL football game on Monday, December 18, 2017, in Tampa.  Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
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December 18, 2017 Tampa: Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones makes a reception against the Buccaneers in a NFL football game on Monday, December 18, 2017, in Tampa. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

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Falcons two-time All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones caught a pass for 9 yards on the first play of the game against the Saints to move pass Terance Mathis into second place on the franchise’s all-time time receptions list.

Jones, who was drafted with the sixth overall pick in the 2011, had 573 catches. Mathis made 573 receptions over eight seasons (1994-2001) with the Falcons.

Roddy White is the franchise’s all-time leading receiver with 808 catches, 10,863 yards and 63 touchdowns.

Jones has 8,771 yards and 43 touchdowns.

Mathis, who played at Redan High and New Mexico, played for the Falcons from 1994 to 2001. Overall, Mathis, who was drafted in the sixth round of the 1990 draft by the Jets, played 13 seasons in the NFL and finished with 689 catches.

He also played with the Jets (1990-93) and the Steelers (2002).

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