Julio Jones not trying to force issue to reach receiving records

Julio Jones has 127 receptions for 1,722 yards and eight touchdowns this season. Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who stands 17 receptions and 243 yards away from surpassing the NFL single-season marks, said he is not worried about such an individual accomplishment as his team closes the season Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Jones leads the league with 1,722 receiving yards on 127 catches. Detroit’s Calvin Johnson holds the single-season yardage mark at 1,964 (2012), while former Indianapolis Colts standout Marvin Harrison has the receptions record with 143 (2002).

"My job is to go out there and do what my team asks of me," Jones said Thursday. "I know a lot of guys around here want me to get the record. But we still have to go out there and get the W. We don’t need to go out there and force anything. We’ve got to do what we’ve been doing for the last two weeks: everybody catching the ball, everybody making plays, spreading it around."

Jones set a career high with 13 receptions against the New York Giants back in Week 2 on 15 targets. He had a season-high 20 targets and made 12 catches Week 3 at Dallas. His career high yardage in a single game is 259 yards, set against Green Bay last season.

Fellow wide receiver Roddy White joked that the Falcons should throw the ball to Jones 35 times to help him get the record. Quarterback Matt Ryan said nothing is out of the realm of possibility for a player as dynamic as Jones.

Jones simply wants to see his team finish the season on a three-game winning streak and with a 9-7 record rather than 8-8.

"It's all about finishing strong," Jones said. "And hopefully it can carry over to next year. We're just trying to see what kind of character guys we have on the team; if guys are going to step up and if they're going to finish. This game right here, we're just going to play for each other. We're out of the playoffs but we've been blessed with talent, God-given ability. And we've got to go out here and put it all together."