Julio Jones has one very lofty goal this season.
The Falcons receiver reported to the first day of training camp Wednesday, where he wants to do what no receiver has done before.
“I’m not ever going to lie to you, I’m going crazy this year,” Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution after his podium session Wednesday. “I’m going crazy. I’ve been doing everything that I need to do. I’m taking care of my body. Physically and mentally, I’ll be ready to go.”
When asked if he would go “2,000-yards crazy,” Jones replied with a bigger number.
“Well, I’m not a prediction-type guy, but I might mess around and go three (thousand), you know what I’m talking about,” Jones said with a straight face.
It’s hard to tell if Jones is joking or not — the record for the most receiving yards in NFL history belongs to Calvin Johnson, who posted 1,964 yards in 2012.
Interestingly, Jones is second on that list with 1,871 yards from the 2015 season, which is the Falcons’ franchise record.
For Jones to reach 3,000 yards in a single year, he would have to average 187.5 yards per game in all 16 games. While doing that for a few games a year is very possible, doing it every single game might prove to be far more difficult.
Jones, who is coming off a foot injury, had 1,677 yards receiving and has 10,731 career receiving yards. He is set to pass Roddy White (10,863) as the franchise’s leader in career receiving yards this season as long as he remains healthy.
Jones’ high expectations could net him the contract he has been waiting for. While he previously said he has full faith in team owner Arthur Blank to get him a new deal, one hasn’t been reached by the time training camp started.
“As far as the contract, I don’t go to sleep thinking about it,” Jones said. “I don’t wake up thinking about it. I just try to be the best person that I can be today and then when tomorrow comes, I’m going to try and be the best person I can that day.
“Each and every day, once the contract talk (comes up) it’s not even about me, I know my worth,” Jones added. “It’s just more about family. I just look at stuff like that as family. Not just me. I’ve got family and everybody else, that’s why I do this. That’s my why. Why I put in all of these sacrifices and put everything on the line for them.”