Posts Tagged ‘Chandler Jones’

Man of Versatility: Tracking Chandler Jones’ Alignments vs. Jets in Week 7

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Chandler Jones has become more than a 4-3 defensive end for New England. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Leading up to the 2012 NFL draft, Syracuse’s Chandler Jones was advertised as a long, athletic, vine-armed pass-rusher suited to play in multiple defensive schemes. And since then, the 21st overall pick has lived up to his billing for the New England Patriots.

Jones’ rookie season in Foxborough, Mass., consisted of 45 tackles, six sacks and three forced fumbles in 14 regular-season games. In which, the 6’5”, 265-pounder primarily played the role of right defensive end, attacking off the edge and into the backfield. He was adept right off the bat, before seeing an ankle injury compile with the “rookie wall.”

Yet with the offseason came an opportunity for Jones to not only add weight, muscle and pass-rush moves, but a more diversified role in New England’s system. No. 95 has checked the box on all four.

He has become the most versatile chess piece in the Patriots defensive front.

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New England Patriots vs New York Jets: Three Takeaways from a Narrow Victory

Friday, September 13th, 2013
Chandler Jones Dance

Chandler Jones has been a menace so far in 2013. (USA Today Sports)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Survive and advance. Wait for reinforcements. They don’t ask for a picture.

You can repeat any cliche that you want, but the Patriots are 2-0.

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Forging Through: Examining Chandler Jones’ Preseason Performance vs. Buccaneers

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones showcased progression versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2 of the preseason. (Photo: NFL Preseason Live)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

The New England Patriots’ defense could boom in 2013. And if it does, it will be because second-year defensive end Chandler Jones booms as well.

In 2012, the first-round draft pick amassed six sacks and three forced fumbles over the first eight games. He flashed explosion off the line. He swung around the blind side to make plays. He looked the part of a 6’6”, 260-pound pass-rusher. But when an ankle injury hampered his health in the second half of his rookie campaign, his overall effectiveness was hampered, too.

Yet now, entering year two of his development, the Syracuse Orangeman is readying himself for the next step. In an interview with Patriots Football Weekly in May, Jones acknowledged the responsibility that comes along with his sophomore season in Foxborough, Mass:

“I feel like you can go two different ways in your career with year two,” said Jones. “I feel like this is the year that establishes you as a player.”

Vying for establishment, Jones added 10 pounds of muscle over the offseason. He is more refined in his hand and arm movements, following technique sessions with a boxing trainer. He’s doing the little things in the hopes of making a big difference.

But can the 23-year-old’s hard work off the field translate to further success on the field?

In the Aug. 16 preseason tilt versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it certainly did. (more…)


Patriots vs. Buccaneers: Thoughts and Observations

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Ryan Mallett had his best night as a professional football player.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

After delivering a scare to the entire region of New England, Tom Brady was back on the Gillette Stadium field for the Patriots second preseason game. Brady, as expected was in mid-season form and showed no signs of a knee injury. Now that training camp is over and open roster spots dwindling multiple players needed impressive performances to play their way onto the competitive Patriots roster. Which players stood out and whose bubble burst against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

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Ranking the Patriots Roster from #90 to #1

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Where does Brandon Spikes rank on the 2013 Patriots?

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Tomorrow all the attention will be focused on the new football season and that the Patriots are back on the practice field. It won’t take long for the focus to shift towards what players will make the final roster. With 90 active players on the roster 37 of them will be cut before the end of summer. Where does each player rank on the roster and what chances do they actually have to make the final 53? I rank the roster from top to bottom and explore the chances of each player.

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Patriots Draft Pick Review: Chandler Jones

Monday, January 28th, 2013
Chandler Jones Patriots

How would you grade out Chandler Jones’ rookie season? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

With the 21st pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected defensive end Chandler Jones out of Syracuse. The Patriots traded up to draft Jones, as they gave up their third round pick as well as their 27th overall pick to acquire the  21st overall pick from the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Re-Picking the 2012 NFL Draft

Monday, November 12th, 2012
Dont'a Hightower 2012 NFL draft

Would Dont’a Hightower still be a New England Patriot? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The 2012 NFL Draft isn’t even seven months old, but with the NFL season halfway over some teams are already second guessing their selections.

As always some rookies have greatly exceeded expectations, while some have struggled to adjust to the NFL game. If the draft was re-done today, halfway through the current season how would the draft look?

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