Believe it or not, I was pleasantly surprised by the way members of the media treated the Falcons coming off their NFC Conference Championship loss. Sure, choker was tossed around, but generally they were received as a legitimate NFL contender for the first time in recent memory, and many predicted they'd be back again in 2013. I decided to retire the "no respect" meme for the entire team for the foreseeable future, and move to a quiet fishing town in Florida where I could haul in tarpons and drink whiskey from a Poland Springs bottle.

Every time you think you're out, though, someone pulls you back in. Today's surprises come to us from NFL.com, and both concern Julio Jones.

The first is this piece on the NFL.com All-Under-25 team. That there are no Falcons on this list is not, in and of itself, a huge surprise. This team flies under the radar, after all, and a lot of their bigger names are over the age of 25. There's one notable exception here, and that's at receiver, where AJ Green and Dez Bryant make the team ahead of Julio Jones.