NFC South Q&A: Will Julio Jones be the first to crack 2,000 receiving yards?

Today's question: Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones had the second-highest single-season receiving yardage total in NFL history last season, compiling 1,871 yards. The NFL record is 1,964 by the now-retired Calvin Johnson. Going into 2016, the additions of Mohamed Sanu and rookie tight end Austin Hooper, along with the growth of second-year receiver Justin Hardy, could create more one-on-one matchups for Jones. Will Jones be the first receiver in NFL history to reach the 2,000-yard mark? If not, who will it be?

Jenna Laine, Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter: It's crazy to think that Jones had that type of production despite a bit of an adjustment year in Kyle Shanahan's offense. I'd chalk that up to the Falcons not having a whole lot of other options at receiver. Another season in that system should help, especially in the red zone, and so should the emergence of Devonta Freeman, who rushed for 1,061 yards last season, which will keep defenses honest if the ground game can remain consistent. If Jones doesn't reach that mark, I think the Pittsburgh Steelers' Antonio Brown could. Brown finished with 1,834 receiving yards last season and has gained 1,499 or more the past three seasons. He had the same number of regular-season catches as Jones last year (136) with fewer targets (195 to Jones' 204). Aside from sheer production, he's just so hard to cover.

David Newton, Carolina Panthers reporter: That's a pretty tall order, so I'll go with no. Make that heck, no. Now if anybody could do it, Jones would be my pick -- if he played for New England or possibly even Carolina. The Atlanta offensive line doesn't give Matt Ryan time to get Jones the ball enough for 2,000 yards. And the new offensive scheme doesn't promote throwing it enough times for Jones to get that many yards. Of course, the defenses in the NFC South are pretty bad, outside of Carolina's, so Jones will have opportunities to rack up big numbers. But 2,000 yards doesn't seem realistic for any receiver, even in this pass-happy age.

Mike Triplett, New Orleans Saints reporter: That record is going down. Maybe not this year, but it will happen more sooner than later, the way the NFL keeps airing it out. Jones wasn't alone last year, with Antonio Brown racking up 1,834 yards for fourth place in NFL history. Of the two, I would probably bet on Brown getting to 2,000 first because the Steelers have more options for defenses to worry about, and I think Brown is a safer bet for a higher volume of catches. But Jones has obviously proved he can thrive, even when he's double-teamed. And he has the best size-speed combination of any receiver in the NFL right now. If I were drafting a team from scratch for the 2016 season, Jones would be the first receiver off my board.