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Containing Julio Jones is a tall, physical order for Cowboys secondary

Drew Davison, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Football

FRISCO, Texas -- Protect the roof.

That's the analogy Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli used in terms of how to contain Atlanta Falcons standout receiver Julio Jones.

Jones, who is 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, is regarded as one of the top receiving threats in the NFL, and is on pace for a fourth consecutive season with at least 1,300 receiving yards.

"It's like building a house. You've got walls and a roof," Marinelli said. "Make sure our roof is in good shape, OK? Cause it'll start raining on us, so we've got to keep the roof."

Jones is no stranger to going over the top and exposing leaky "roofs." He's done it ever since coming into the league as the sixth overall pick in 2011.

Last month, Jones became the second-fastest receiver in league history to reach the 8,000-yard mark in his career behind Lance Alworth.

"He's one of the greats," Cowboys rookie cornerback Jourdan Lewis said. "He's a great athlete. He can run all the routes and he's fast. He's a generational talent."

"I just think he is a rare player," Garrett said. "He is rare physically. He is so big and strong. He is fast. He is quick. He is explosive. He is a great route runner. Unbelievable competitor. He is so strong at the ball.

"He gets a lot of attention every week and just seems to make these plays over and over again. He is very instinctive. Very intuitive. Great run after the catch. He is mentally tough. He is physically tough. He is an outstanding player."

A talent the Cowboys will have to contain if they want to extend their winning streak to four games on Sunday.

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