Falcons WR Julio Jones doesn't go deep on Josh Norman talk

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- As expected, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones said little about boastful Panthers cornerback Josh Norman on Thursday when asked about Sunday's matchup between the two Pro Bowlers.

After last Sunday's win at Jacksonville, Jones, along with teammate Roddy White, pointed to the Panthers' defensive scheme and overall talent as reasons why Norman has had so much success. Jones went on to call Norman a "good but not great" player.

On Thursday, Jones refused to provide anymore fuel to the fire.

"I do not think about a matchup going into the football game," Jones said. "I've just got to go out there and play my style of football."

Jones was asked if he hears the trash talk from Norman.

"Whether you know it or not, he doesn't say much," Jones said. "He might say stuff to other guys, but he really doesn't say anything to me when we're out there."

The 7-7 Falcons can say a lot with their play against the 14-0 Panthers. It might help if quarterback Matt Ryan, Jones, and the rest of the offense are able to make some explosive plays down the field. Jones had some chances the last time these teams met, even with Norman on him.

"Like I said, he's a good player," Jones said. "But we've just got to take advantage of some looks that we didn't take advantage of the first time.

"Most definitely, I feel like we can go down the field on anyone. We can definitely get some shots down the field. But, we've just got to take what they give us."