|Chandler Jones on MFB: Dolphins OL Branden Albert ‘will be a very good test’ in opener||09.02.14 at 12:10 pm ET|
Defensive end Chandler Jones checked in with the Middays with MFB show on Tuesday, as the Patriots start planning for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
The Dolphins won the teams’ last meeting, a 24-20 decision in Miami last Dec. 15. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill passed for 312 yards and three touchdowns in that game.
Jones, who led the Patriots with 11 1/2 sacks last season, is wary of Tannehill’s ability to improvise and pick up yards on scrambles.
“Ryan Tannehill — very, very athletic quarterback,” Jones said. “He’s a guy that can beat you with his arm or can beat you on the ground with his legs. It’s our job — well, it’s my job as a defensive lineman, me and Rob [Ninkovich] as well, just to contain him. He’s very versatile, he can make big plays, and it’s our job to contain him. He can definitely get out of the pocket. He definitely can.”
Jones should see plenty of new Dolphins offensive lineman Branden Albert, who was signed as a free agent in the offseason after six years with the Chiefs.
‘”Branden Albert is a great player,” Jones said of the 6-foot-5, 316-pounder who was a Pro Bowler last season. “This is his first year there over in Miami. He’s a very big individual. The thing that really impresses me is his footwork for his size, for his height, he’s a big guy, he’s even taller than me. And I’m tall myself. But his footwork is very, very good. He’s very trained to not bite on certain moves and certain things of that nature. It will be a very good test and I’m excited to go against him. I really am.”
|Chandler Jones on MFB: ‘I take every game seriously’||08.25.14 at 1:03 pm ET|
Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones and wide receiver Julian Edelman stopped by the WEEI studio at Gillette Stadium on Monday for a visit with Middays with MFB’s Christian Fauria and guest host Danny Picard. To hear the interviews, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
The Patriots are coming off a strong effort in their third preseason game, a rout of the Panthers. But Bill Belichick is known for not allowing the team to accentuate the positives very long.
“Coach is very consistent with his coaching. He’s going to coach you the same way if we win or if we lose. And that’s what makes him such a great coach,” Jones said. “He’s going to pick out the things we did wrong, and he’s going to tell you about the things you did right. A lot of that is being a professional athlete — you know when you did good or you did bad. You’ve been playing the sport for this long, you know.”
Many people look at the third preseason game as the most important, but Jones insists that he doesn’t value one more than another.
“See, I don’t look at it that way,” he said. “A lot of different people look at it differently. I take every game seriously, like it will be the last game of the season. I know some people say, ‘It’s just preseason,’ but this is an opportunity for our team to go out there and get better week in and week out. I’m excited. I’m excited for this team to go forth into Week 1.
“As far as the preseason games, some people call it the dress rehearsal, but I take every game seriously.”
Neither play knew what to expect in terms of participation in the final preseason game against the Giants.
“Around here they keep you on your toes with everything,” Edelman said. “They don’t tell you how long you’re going to play, this, that. It’s like everything’s a test. Every week you don’t know how much you’re going to be playing, this, that, and you kind of have to just prepare every day, every week, even in the preseason you’re going to be playing a lot. Because they might say you’re not playing one week or something, and they throw you in there at the last minute, probably just to try to get a test of your mental toughness or something like that. That’s huge over here with the situational and the mental aspect of the game.”
Edelman, coming off a 105-catch season last year, acknowledged he’s reached a new comfort level with Tom Brady, but he’s wary of what can happen once the real games begin.
“Yeah, it’s probably the most confident I’ve ever been. With that said, it’s a lot different circumstances from the years in the past with how things are going and how things are now,” he said. “We’ve had some good plays and we’ve had some bad plays. There’s a lot of things that we have to work on that will get exposed in the regular season. We still have a week, two weeks, to try to get that done.
“When we go out there — we’ve got the Giants this week, we play Miami, a divisional game, first game of the year. Things always on opening day, as Christian can second, it doesn’t always go the same way, everyone’s kind of new, there’s always a crazy play here or something’s going on, it’s the start of the season. So you’ve really got to get ready for those situations and being able to adjust like that.”
|Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich benefiting from strong Patriots secondary||08.23.14 at 1:27 am ET|
FOXBORO — Not only can a very good secondary limit what opposing quarterbacks can do against a defense — it also can help the other members of the defense get after the quarterback.
The Patriots finished with three sacks in their 30-7 win over the Panthers, all in the first quarter against starting quarterback Cam Newton – defensive end Chandler Jones had two and outside linebacker Rob Ninkovich had the other.
“The first play of the game was definitely a coverage sack,” Ninkovich said. “I was just trying to mirror the quarterback and make sure he didn’t get out of the pocket. I was just collapsing and collapsing and I was able to get to [the quarterback]. That goes to the secondary.”
The Patriots secondary now has arguably the best cornerback in the game in Darrelle Revis, as well as Pro-Bowl safety Devin McCourty to go along with rising-star corners Alfonzo Dennard, Kyle Arrington and Logan Ryan — as well as the former member of the Seahawks Legion of Boom secondary, cornerback Brandon Browner. (Although it should be noted, he is suspended for the first four games of the season and didn’t play until the fourth quarter Friday night).
All those players stepped onto the field together for the first time this preseason and were able to give the entire defense some added energy and boost to their games.
“[We] had a tremendous time. Football is fun,” Jones said. “We’re out there in the preseason we get a chance to go against a different team. Whether it is in practice, going against the Redskins or the Eagles. We got an opportunity to go out in our third preseason game and execute and we went out and did a good job.”
The defense played very well, with the starters playing a little over a half, holding the Carolina offense — which made the postseason last year — to just 94 total yards in the first half.
“It’s just working hard throughout camp, and all week, trying to prepare and knowing that we were going against a good team and a good quarterback that was able to scramble around and get out of the pocket,” Ninkovich said. “It was a good game all around.”
|Chandler Jones on MFB: ‘There’s always room for improvement’||08.18.14 at 1:49 pm ET|
Defensive end Chandler Jones joined the Middays with MFB crew on Monday as the Patriots head into the second half of the preseason. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
The first-string defense has played well in the preseason, but Jones knows the squad has a long way to go.
“We can always do better,” Jones said. “Honestly, I felt like there’s always room for improvement. There’s no perfect football team. . . . There always areas where we can get better, and that goes for everyone.”
Added Jones: “Week in and week out we try to find weakness in our defense and get better. Every good defense, you don’t want any weaknesses at all.”
The officials have been calling games tight in the preseason. One of the points of emphasis is to look for illegal hands to the face from lineman.
“Being a pass-rusher in this league, you don’t want to run off the ball thinking about, ‘Oh my God, I don’t want to get my hands in this guy’s face.’ That should be the last thing that should be on your mind. First, your assignment, your lineman, getting off the ball and doing your job. . . .
“As a pass-rusher you just want to go out there and do whatever you can to get to the quarterback. Running off the ball, thinking about that, I haven’t really thought about it too much, because a lot of my moves are a lot of counter moves, so I don’t really start with slapping any guy’s face.”
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|Chandler Jones ‘enjoying’ showing off his versatility||08.13.14 at 7:07 pm ET|
FOXBORO — With any Bill Belichick-coached team, there are always a number of moving parts and players in new positions. Training camp is as good of a time as any to give these a look.
Chandler Jones — who usually plays defensive end in a three-point stance — acknowledged Wednesday he has been dropping back into pass coverage on a few occasions. It’s something the third-year player relishes.
“I enjoy it. I really enjoy it — it shows a little bit of versatility,” Jones said after the second joint practice with the Eagles. “It all goes back to whatever Coach Belichick tells me to play, that’s where I am going to play.”
Having done it on a few instances last season and in college at Syracuse as well as in high school, the 6-foot-5, 265-pounder says there isn’t much difference between defensive end and the hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker position — just how you line up.
“Believe it or not, it’s very similar — that hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end position — it’s very similar. I feel like we’re doing the same exact thing, it may be difference stances to start off with,” said Jones.
Jones finished last season with 11.5 sacks after totaling six in his rookie campaign in 2012. Now that the Patriots are working with a full complement of defenders after an injury plagued 2013 season, it gives Belichick and Co. a chance to shift some players around to showcase their versatility.
With the team-first and winning attitude — moving around on the field is just an effort to do whatever it takes to win.
“We have one goal and that is to win the Super Bowl so wherever they ask you to play — if you want to win — that’s what you have to do for the team,” said cornerback Logan Ryan.
|Julian Edelman hits YouTube with ‘Burgertyme’||05.29.14 at 12:01 pm ET|
Cross “Between Two Ferns” with Zach Galifianakis with a dose of life in the NFL, and you’ve got Julian Edelman‘s new YouTube show, “Burgertyme.” Here’s the initial episode, with special guest star Chandler Jones.
|Heading into his third season, DE Chandler Jones not willing to call himself a veteran quite yet||05.21.14 at 8:00 am ET|
FOXBORO — Over the dozen years, there’s been a very clear pecking order when it comes to the Patriots defensive line.
More often than not, the position has been stocked with an intriguing combination of feisty youngsters in the nascent stages of their NFL careers and cagey vets who are on the back nine.
There have been a few exceptions — Vince Wilfork and Richard Seymour were two defensive linemen who were part of the Patriots while in their late-20s, while Rob Ninkovich has played both linebacker and defensive linemen as a similarly aged twentysomething.
But for the most part, it’s been young guys, many of whom have been mentored by veterans. This season, that group includes Wilfork, Tommy Kelly, Will Smith and Ninkovich among the vets, all of whom are 30 or older. Meanwhile, the youngsters include rookie Dominique Easley, as well as Chris Jones, Joe Vellano and Sealver Siliga, all of whom are heading into their second season.
One guy who is kind of caught in between is defensive end Chandler Jones. The 24-year-old Syracuse product is preparing for his third season in the NFL, and following a season where he finished with 11.5 sacks — fourth-most in team history — he figures to play a sizable role in New England’s defensive game plan in 2014.
After two full years in the system, he holds seniority on most of the defensive linemen. But right now, the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Jones wants no part of being a veteran, at least not yet.
“I wouldn’t call myself a vet yet. Not yet,” Jones said Tuesday during a break from offseason workouts at Gillette Stadium. “We still have Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly and Will Smith. We still have a lot of vets on that defensive line. I’m still a young guy, I’d say.
“I always try to lead – especially in drills. I try to lead from example. I’m not a huge vocal leader. That’s what the older guys are for, but I always try to do my best so the guys next to me or the guy behind me will say, ‘Hey, he’s going 100 percent so let me go too.’”
Despite the fact that he shuns the veterans’ label, it doesn’t mean Jones is above offering advice to youngsters like first-round pick Easley.
“I just got done speaking with Easley — he’s doing good. He looks good,” Jones said. “He looks like a great player. I’ve been watching his highlights and I’ve been talking to him. I’m excited.
“It is early. The game is a lot different playing in the NCAA than the NFL. But I’ve definitely watched highlights and am very impressed with his game. Very impressed,” he added. “I saw he was getting a lot of penetration when I was watching his highlights, and that’s definitely a key in the offensive line.”
Here are a few more highlights of Jones’ Tuesday afternoon Q&A with the media:
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