Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he’s confident Jones will be ready for the season.
“We’ve got a good plan in order,” Quinn said. “We know where we need to get him to.”
After missing the preseason schedule last year, Jones led the NFL with 1,677 yards receiving. He joins receivers Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley and tight end Austin Hooper as quarterback Matt Ryan’s top targets.
Jones, 30, is a two-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowl receiver. He has two years remaining on his five-year, $71.5 million contract, but he now ranks only 12th among the league’s top-paid receivers.
The Falcons gave him a modest $2.9 million last year. This time, Jones is expected to receive a new long-term deal. He has said he wants to play his entire career in Atlanta.
Despite Jones’ nagging physical problems, which frequently force him to miss practice, there is a reason the Falcons have confidence in his health in 2019: He has not missed a game the past two seasons and is looking to extend a string of five consecutive seasons with at least 1,400 yards.