Ryan excited about Julio Jones practicing this offseason

Julio Jones runs after a catch for a 73 yard touchdown in the NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on January 22, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Falcons defeated the Packers 44-21 to advance to the Super Bowl (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is looking forward to getting in offseason work with All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones.

The Falcons report for their offseason program on Monday. Jones, who was out last offseason after foot surgery, will fully participate this year.

“It’s huge when you get any player to be able to participate fully,” Ryan said. “That’s critical. But you never know, the offseason and seasons are different every year. I think he came through the year, but I don’t want to speak for him, but he came through the year fairly healthy.”

Coach Dan Quinn said that Jones would be back at the owner’s meeting and discussed the important of practice for all of the players.

“We’ll see where he’s at,” Ryan said. “I haven’t been able to work with him up till this point. But I will start next Monday. I’m excited about getting back to work not only with him, but with all of our guys.”

Ryan said he’s heard Jones is working out or has consulted with Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens.

“T.O. is one of the best workers of all time,” Ryan said. “He learned from Jerry Rice and kind of modeled his stuff after that. I think the more you surround yourself with guys with a work ethic like that it’s a good thing. Julio has a great work ethic, too. He’s one of the best conditioned and best working athletes that I’ve ever been around.”

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