Although the Patriots lost, Chandler Jones was all over Russell Wilson last Sunday
Has anyone named Wes Welker or Jared Mayo been a better player for the Patriots so far this season than Chandler Jones*?
Patriots first round pick and defensive end Chandler Jones has had quite the rookie season so far, leading the Patriots in sacks and having the 11th most in the NFL up to this point. He has been able to effectively rush the passer and always has the possibility of creating a turnover. His play through six games has him as a potential defensive rookie of the year.
He has 5 sacks this year, which is 45% of the Patriots total sacks. The 5 sacks are already more than any season Jones played at Syracuse. He has also been able to consistently rush the passer and move them out of the pocket. He has given offensive tackles all they can handle and then some.
Even though Mark Anderson and Andre Carter had 20 combined sacks and are both gone, Jones has shown that he can progressively get better and be a Dwight Freeney type of player, and can potentially have a consistent impact at defensive end that the Patriots have not had since Richard Seymour. Jones had two great first games, with each one including a sack and a forced fumble. Jones was getting held all night by Michael Oher (good job replacements refs!) so disregard those statistics because when he wasn’t getting held he was rushing Flacco out of the pocket and was a big part in the Gregory interception. Jones has been able to play at a high level consistently while also getting better at the same time.
Although the Patriots lost this past weekend to the Seahawks (sigh), Jones had his best game of the season. He was able to keep up with Russell Wilson, and ended up with a team high 9 tackles and also had a career high two sacks. He also had a strip sack on Russell Wilson and the Patriots were able to recover. Jones has the potential to consistently be a top 5 player on the Patriots in the future, and has been a top five Patriots MVP up to this point.
The Patriots have had two, wait, three problems the past few years. Their secondary, no pash rush at key times (Andre Carter hurt late in season), and the offensive playcalling*. Up till now, Chandler Jones has shown that he can help fix the problem, and he’s only a ROOKIE. The Patriots main problem is the secondary. Which reminds me…
I can not wrap my head around why the Patriots secondary will not turn their head in crucial pass situation. Don’t you know that the refs are gonna call that every time? Is Bill not telling you this? Because I’m starting to question the way Bill his handling the secondary, especially how he got so moody when WEEI’s Michael Holley was berating him for answers. Hopefully we can fix this problem and start playing like the Super Bowl Champions we know we can be.
For All i Know, or at least think to know, is that if the Patriots get to the Super Bowl, Chandler Jones, amongst others*, will be a huge part in helping us get there.
*Tom Brady not included
*Tom Brady included