The Atlanta Falcons were a team decimated by injuries in 2013 and those losses sidetracked a team that some had predicted was of Super Bowl caliber.
One of those losses was wide receiver Julio Jones. The 2012 Pro Bowl receiver has taken his place among the NFL elite at his position, but an injury sidelined him after just five game in 2013.
To illustrate just how special Jones is, he is the first player in NFL history to record a touchdown reception of 80-or-more yards in his first three seasons in the league. Since joining the Falcons in 2011, Jones has recorded five touchdowns of 60 plus yards and seven touchdowns of 40-or-more yards.
Just how much does Jones mean to the Falcons offense>
Quarterback Matt Ryan completed 68.8 percent of the passes he threw to Jones prior to his injury last season.
At 6'3" and 225 pounds with blazing speed, Jones is the total package at receiver, and though he has had a modest preseason to this point (just two receptions for 20 yards this preseason) the Falcons and Matt Ryan will no doubt look to get Jones going at home Saturday night against the Titans.
Jones is certainly not the only weapon Ryan and the Falcons have, he might be the most crucial to their success.
Roddy White is a top tier receiver in his own right. White a four-time Pro Bowler is the Falcons all-time leading receiver (9,436 yards)and is very capable of wrecking a secondary. In all, White holds nine Falcons offensive records.
Rookie fourth-round running back Devonte Freeman has lead the team in rushing through the first two preseason games, gaining 81 yards on 16 attempts. The Falcons hope to use Freeman as a compliment to the bruising Steven Jackson in the run game, and also have Jacquizz Rodgers who is a threat as both a running back and receiver out of the backfield.
While the Falcons aren't likely to use a full game plan, and the starters will not play the entire game, it would seem likely that head coach Mike Smith and staff will want to see their high-powered offense get in gear after scoring just 23 points in their first two preseason games.
The Falcons will use every available weapon and they will be looking to jump on a Titans defense that has been a slow starter in their first two games this season.