FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith believes Julio Jones' even temperament will be a big asset in the rookie receiver's preseason debut.
Though the Georgia Dome will be bright and loud when the Falcons face Miami on Friday night, Smith wants the NFL's No. 6 overall draft pick and other Atlanta newcomers to follow the coaching staff's edict and "keep it at the task at hand, and make sure we execute and don't go crazy."
Jones knows it's critical to essentially treat the game as a live practice. He needs to extend the intensity of training camp while not exceeding his role.
But Jones says he will take pause Friday to soak in the feel of his first time in an NFL uniform because he says "it's going to be special."