It sounds like Matt Ryan will have wide receivers Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu at his disposal on Sunday. That’s good news, because the Falcons could be fixing for a shootout when they travel to Oakland to take on the Raiders.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn announced that both Jones and Sanu were full participants at practice on Friday, and both are expected to be available for the Week 2 matchup, per Vaughn McClure for ESPN.com. Jones has been battling an ankle injury since the preseason, while Sanu’s ankle was hurt in the opening day loss to Tampa Bay.
Both wideouts were able to make an impact against the Bucs despite injury, although maybe not how they would like. Jones’ performance was somewhat muted, as the All-Pro finished with four catches for 66 yards and a touchdown. A free-agent acquisition from the Bengals, Sanu had five receptions for 80 yards, but most of his production came on a 59-yard pass that was the result of busted coverage.
Obviously, Jones is the important part of the equation here. The Falcons go as the 2015 NFL leader in receiving yards does, and if Ryan and this offense are going to maximize its potential, it needs star-caliber play from its best player.
Jones practicing fully on Friday was a good sign, and despite being dinged up in the past, he’s managed to play through the injuries and put up massive numbers. Whether that means the Falcons will be able to keep up with the Raiders in a west-coast swing remains to be seen.
In other Falcons injury news, Sean Witherspoon will replace injured DeVondre Campbell (ankle) at one outside linebacker spot, while Brooks Reed (shoulder) is listed as questionable at the other.