NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas
Chandler Jones will play anywhere. But when the New England Patriots defense brought down quarterback Matt Cassel and the Minnesota Vikings offense Sunday, the 6’5”, 265-pounder’s versatility took a back seat to his innate ability.
He was put in position to get the most out of it.
A week after lining up primarily as a five-technique defensive end in a 3-4 front, Jones kicked out and stood up over the course of his 61 official snaps. And instead of occupying blocks for New England’s outside linebackers to slice through, the third-year pro received the green light to do so himself.
His length and quickness saw him to arc around offensive tackles. His strength and hand use saw him overpower tight ends.
Eight tackles and two sacks were the byproduct. It started early on. (more…)