Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones walks off the field following an NFL football training camp practice in Flowery Branch, Ga., Friday, July 27, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Julio Jones says status for Falcons' camp was never in doubt

July 27, 2018 - 2:23 pm

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Julio Jones insists his status for the Atlanta Falcons' training camp was never in doubt.

Jones, the five-time Pro Bowl receiver, was back for the start of training camp Friday after missing a mandatory minicamp in June while asking that his contract be reworked.

Jones dismissed reports he wouldn't report for training camp without a new deal as "he said, she said" speculation.

He drew cheers from fans when he caught a sideline pass in front of cornerback Desmond Trufant late in the practice.

He had 88 catches for 1,444 yards and three touchdowns in 2017. Jones and Marvin Harrison are the only players in NFL history to have at least 80 catches for at least 1,400 yards in four straight seasons.

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