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GEORGE HENRY, Associated Press



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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Nearly every time Julio Jones reports to work, the second-year Atlanta receiver seeks out position coach Terry Robiskie.


Their ongoing dialogue started at training camp two years ago and hasn't let up.


Jones wouldn't have it any other way.


Terry isn't going to sugarcoat anything, Jones said on Friday. If you mess up, you mess up, but he's going to show you how to correct it and what you need to look for.


It's not hard to see why Jones credits Robiskie with helping him make the NFC Pro Bowl squad last month. On the sideline during games and at practice, Jones is likely standing next to his coach constantly to ask questions and get advice.


Their conversations are give-and-take, but both men say that it's never to the extent that Jones complains about being misunderstood.


Rather, Robiskie wants to know exactly what Jones sees before the snap and what his reason is for the technique he uses to create separation from a cornerback.


It's a formula that's worked well for the Falcons (13-3) heading into their divisional playoff game against Seattle (12-5) on Sunday at the Georgia Dome.


Jones, 23, has become the deep-ball threat that Atlanta needed before general manager Thomas Dimitroff traded up 21 spots to draft him sixth overall two years ago.


The numbers are impressive considering that only Detroit's Calvin Johnson and Tampa Bay's Vincent Jackson have more catches of 25 yards or more than Jones' 27 since the start of last season.


This year, Jones leads the Falcons with 10 touchdown catches, and he and Roddy White comprised one of four two-man tandems to each have at least 1,000 yards receiving.


But the lessons keep on coming.


Being as young as he is, he's still got to focus on the game plan — what's the call, where do I go coming out of the huddle, what direction do I go, what route do I have, do I go inside, do I go outside? Robiskie said.


With 30-plus years of NFL coaching experience, Robiskie is rarely surprised by any move or decision Jones might attempt.


Their work on the field begins each day before practice starts as Robiskie puts the receivers through sideline and end-zone line drills. The purpose is for each receiver to keep his feet in bounds while trying to catch balls that Robiskie purposely throws slightly out of reach.


It's a drill Robiskie learned from his playing and assistant coaching days with Raiders owner Al Davis and one that he's used over the last 30-plus years of working in the NFL.


I throw the ball near the line where they literally have to dive or reach out across the white (line), Robiskie said.


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