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Julio Jones doesnt back away from challenges. As a ninth-grader at Foley (Alabama) High School, he was given the option of playing for the junior varsity football team or joining the varsity squad. He not only chose to play up but started each of his four seasons.When trying to decide where to attend college as the nations No. 1 wideout prospect, he selected an Alabama program coming off a .500 season because new coach Nick Saban -- unlike other recruiters -- promised him nothing more than an opportunity to compete for a starting job, adding: I can win with you, and I can win without you.However, this past spring the Atlanta Falcons?star receiver finally encountered a situation that was too challenging for him. He and friends were planning to rough it on an island beach in the Bahamas. Jones loves to travel, particularly in the Caribbean and South America, and he was looking forward to going off the grid by settling along the shore. The only problem: Jones failed to factor in the tenacity of sand flies, which sent him and his friends scurrying for a nearby hotel.I had to leave, he said, laughing.So there you have it, NFL defenses. When it comes to slowing Jones, forget about double coverages and bracket schemes. Just bring a few sand flies.The Carolina Panthers probably wish they had thought of it after Jones raced through and around their secondary for a franchise-record 300 yards on 12 receptions, one of which he carried 75 yards for his lone touchdown. The performance moved him atop the league rankings with 488 yards through four games and put him on pace to finish with 1,952 yards, which would be 12 shy of the league record set by Calvin Johnson in 2012.Despite being one of the games dominant forces -- at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, he has linebacker size and sprinters speed -- Jones is often overshadowed by more demonstrative or charismatic receivers, be it Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr. or Dez Bryant.It doesnt bother me, the soft-spoken and private Jones said this past summer. Im going to do what I do. Im not going to get caught up in it -- who is better, he is better, whatnot. Ive just seen a few games with those guys, but I feel like everybody is different in their own way. It depends on what you are looking for.Jones quietly had a season for the annals last year. His 136 receptions tied for second most in league history, and his 1,871 also ranked No. 2 all time. He was targeted 203 times, the most for a receiver in the past 10 seasons, but caught 67 percent of those passes. (The league average was 60.9 percent in 2015.)Jones has never been one to promote his talents, which is not to say he doesnt know how good he is. Hes reminded of it almost every Sunday, when he receives double coverage. He says the only team to use single coverage on him the whole game is Arizona and cornerback Patrick Peterson, whose rivalry goes back to their days in the SEC, where Peterson attended LSU.Pat is a great player, and I respect him because he dont mind coming out there and going one-on-one the whole game, Jones said. Nobody else does it. I played Richard [Sherman], but they play a lot of three-deep, though, so its really not man-to-man.His thoughts when he does see man coverage?Very disrespectful, very disrespectful, he said. Im licking my chops because I know where Im going, you dont know where Im going. And just -- working hard at your craft -- I feel like I work hard enough to get in and out of breaks and do certain things that its going to be hard for a defender to cover me one-on-one if Im coming at him full speed.Jones is a player of prodigious talent yet limited words. He prefers to spend his down time on the lake behind his home, hours at a time in the offseason. He also can be found in the bowling alley. When he travels, he prefers locations filled with natural beauty rather than tourists. The only time he wants to be in the headlines is after helping his team win.I just kind of do my own thing, Jones said. Im not trying to be like nobody else or nothing like that. Like when I travel, everybodys like, go to Dubai, its a new thing. I can go to Dubai, but Im not going to just because Im not trying to go where everybody is going.He can take his game where no one has gone, but there are concerns about how long he will hold up physically. He often scares coaches and personnel staff in practice because he goes so hard. On more than one occasion, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has asked him to back off in practice, but its hard for Jones. If hes going to do something in games, he first wants to do it in practice, so it becomes muscle memory, if you will.He understands that tomorrow is not promised, so he gives all he has today. And he never looks back, even after a crushing defeat. The next time you see him cry after a loss will be the first time.Therell be some games where guys cry, and I feel like if you give in to emotions like that, you didnt give your all, Jones said. All I can give is everything I got and thats it; thats all you can ask from a guy is his all. If he is giving you his all -- and thats not just that game, Im talking about the whole week, the preparation -- thats all you can ask.Me, Im coming to work, Im practicing hard every day, Im eating right, Im getting the proper sleep, Im getting the proper rest, everything, Im giving you all I have. Im not going to pout if we lose. Yeah, Im upset I lost, but its not going to be to that degree like Im cussing, get away from me, this and that.Just as he knew it was time to leave the beach last spring in the Bahamas, Jones said he will know when its time to leave the game.When I cant go out there and I feel like I can beat man coverage -- or I dont demand two-man -- then it will be time, he said. Sometimes a guy is going to get you here and there, you compete. He is getting paid just like youre getting paid, and he is a competitor just like you are. But if a guy can just stop me a whole game by himself, and I cant do nothing about it or Im fatiguing or Im not strong throughout the whole game, then its time for me to hang them up.Fortunately for the Falcons and lovers of unique talents, that day seems far off. Jason Demers Jersey .Y. - Rob Manfred was promoted Monday to Major League Baseballs chief operating officer, which may make him a candidate to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner. Wholesale Coyotes Jerseys . After a lengthy wait, persistent rain finally forced the postponement of the Nationals game against the Miami Marlins on Saturday night. The teams, and a few thousand fans, waited nearly four hours from the 7:05 scheduled start time before an announcement was made shortly before 11 p. . -- Stanford squashed Oregons national championship hopes again, schooling the Ducks in power football. Max Domi Jersey . After a replay, the winner will meet Sunderland in the quarterfinals. 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Adrian Adrian Ma has inked a deal with Phoenix1 and he will be leaving Immortals to join the club for the 2017 spring campaign.Over the four splits in Adrians career, the former All-NA LCS support has never failed to make the top four of the regular season, even winning the regular season crown last spring with the 17-1 Immortals; however, the World Championships have eluded him, his past Team Impulse and Immortals squads both failing to reach the top three over the course of the year to qualify.I appreciated my year on Immortals and the opportunities that they provided me. During the off season I carefully considered some of the many options I had and how I wanted to move forward for the next year. After talking with Phoenix1, I realized that they had two components that made my decision easier; strong domestic players in Zig and Inori that I would want to work with, and a fresh team that has a legitimate chance at making a successful run at playoffs. While talking to the owner, Michael Moore, it was very apparent that he took all of my concerns and ideas for the team into consideration. I feel playing for Phoenix 1 will help me grow, botth as a player and as a person, said Adrian.ddddddddddddPhoenix1 has also renewed the contracts of three of its starters from the summer split: top laner Derek Zig Shao, Rookie of the Split runner-up jungler Rami Inori Charagh, and Korean import mid laner Choi Pirean Jun-sik. On who will be lining up with Adrian in P1s new bottom lane is still to be decided, as the team is currently trying out AD carries in South Korea.We couldnt be more excited to have Adrian as part of the P1 org moving into next season. Were confident he will help us build on the success we found at the end of the last split. I think fans can look forward to watching a stronger, more exciting P1 next season, said Michael Moore, co-owner of Phoenix1.The inaugural split for Phoenix1 was two distinct halves. The club failed to register a win in the round-robin stage of the summer split, but bounced back in the second half to finish 8th in the league and make it through relegations. With a strong end to the 2016 year and a revamped bottom lane, P1 is in position to not only avoid relegation again, but fight for the postseason come spring split in mid-January. Wholesale Jerseys China Stitched Jerseys Jerseys NFL Cheap Cheap Jerseys 2019 NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '