Julio Jones sent Falcons fans into a panic on Monday when he locked his Twitter account and deleted some Falcons-related photos from his Instagram account.
Jones has missed voluntary workouts, and with the NFL draft approaching fueled speculation that all might not be well between himself and the team.
— Andrew Stow (@andrew_stow) April 23, 2018
Julio Jones really deleted every Falcon pic. Even his bio. What is this? pic.twitter.com/qvsiLPN4id
— Aye Ryan,… (@RyFlyy_) April 23, 2018
— Justin Mashburn® (@Jmash13) April 24, 2018
— Tyler Wilson (@tlantaBravesFan) April 23, 2018
Me after I see why Julio Jones is trending pic.twitter.com/SJQ3xlldRO
— arissa✨ (@badgirlris_) April 23, 2018
Local sideline reporter John Michaels helped calm the nerves of worried fans, calling the activity simply a “fresh start” on social media for Jones and not a sign of a dispute with the team or his impending departure. ESPN echoed Michaels’ “fresh start” report.
Sources tell me it’s just a fresh start on social media for Julio Jones…nothing more! #RiseUp
— John Michaels (@JohnMichaels929) April 23, 2018
Head coach Dan Quinn has previously said that he was expecting Jones to miss the early portion of the team’s workouts, emphasizing the voluntary aspect of the program.
“It’s not mandatory, but we knew (he wasn’t) going to be here,” Quinn told reporters.
By Monday night, Jones’ Twitter account was made public again. Apparently he got the word that he was freaking people out.
While the “fresh start” talk coming out of the Falcons camp doesn’t provide much clarity, jumping to conclusions that there are problems between Jones and Atlanta seems hasty.
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