How boxing with brother Jon Bones Jones helped Chandler Jones handle move to interior line
|09.20.13 at 1:38 pm ET|
FOXBORO — When Jon “Bones” Jones enters the cage this Saturday night in Toronto, his younger brother will be watching as more than just a fan. He might be looking to pick up a few tips he can use in his newfound position on the Patriots interior defensive line.
This past offseason, Chandler Jones was encouraged to get stronger and quicker by head coach Bill Belichick, with the thought that he could become more versatile and useful to the Patriots defensive line. What did Jones do in the offseason to help achieve this goal?
He started mixing it up with one of the most feared MMA fighters in the world – his brother. Chander and his brother Arthur Jones – of the Baltimore Ravens – trained with “Bones” Jones to increase their quickness and strength in the trenches.
“This offseason has been great. I was doing a lot of “no hands” technique, a little boxing with my brothers,” Chandler said Friday afternoon. “It’s definitely helping, definitely helping, especially playing down in the trenches.”
“It’s a lot faster. When you’re playing defensive end, you don’t have anyone outside of you. When you’re down in the “3” technique or “2-I”, there’s a tackle, there’s a center, there’s a guard, anyone can block you so you have to be ready for any different scheme possible.”
Jones, who still plays primarily on the edge, recorded two sacks in the win over the Jets, twice meeting teammate Michael Buchanan at quarterback Geno Smith.
“I’m getting familiar with it,” Jones said of his interior position. “Every third down or whenever I get called to go down there, I’ll play that position whenever Bill calls that package. It’s fun.”
As for his brother Jon, he’ll be defending his Light Heavyweight Ultimate Fighting Championship against Swedish superstar, Alexander Gustafsson, Saturday night at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. If he wins, he’ll become the most dominant and successful light heavyweight in UFC history.
“I’m excited,” Chandler said. “I’m excited for his fight Saturday. Hopefully, he doesn’t have me staying up too late because I have a game the next morning. Go Jon ‘Bones’ Jones.”
Any scouting report on big brother?
“Hopefully, my brother wins,” Jones said. “That’s a good scouting report. I’m his biggest fan. I haven’t really talked to him. He’s focused.”
A win Saturday night would hopefully create some good karma for Chandler who looks to follow up a good Week 2 performance (5 tackles, 3 quarterback hits, 2 sacks) with another against the Buccaneers.
“My biggest focus is trying to stay level-headed, to flush the Jets and move onto Week 3,” Jones said. “That’s my biggest thing, forgetting what we did last week and just moving forward and trying to get another win in the win column.”