Julio Jones finally gets on the field with Falcons

By George Henry

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, May 24 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

Atlanta Falcons rookie receiver Julio Jones, right, takes the practice field with quarterback Matt Ryan for a football workout with teammates, Tuesday, May 24, 2011 in Buford, Ga. Jones was selected sixth overall in the first round of the NFL draft by the Falcons.

David Goldman, Associated Press

BUFORD, Ga. — Julio Jones is starting to feel like a member of the Atlanta Falcons.

Jones, the NFL's No. 6 overall draft pick out of Alabama, worked out at Buford High School Tuesday for the first time with quarterback Matt Ryan and other new teammates.

During the league's lockout, Falcons players have routinely been running 7-on-7 passing drills at the school, but this marked Jones' debut on a field.

Jones did not run full speed, deciding it was best to jog his routes and catch some easy passes. He's still recovering from foot surgery on a stress fracture that was discovered after the NFL combine.

Orthopedist Robert Anderson, of Charlotte, N.C., cleared Jones to run early last week.