Chandler Jones looks primed for a huge season after dominating the Panthers and picking up 2 sacks, 3 tackles for loss and 2 QB hits.
The Patriots defensive end group starts and almost ends with Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich. The two combined to play the most snaps by two defensive ends in the NFL.
Behind them the depth is either coming off injury or largely unproven. In a league where your defense lives or dies by their pass rush, do the Pats have enough horses to control the edges for five-plus months?
Here’s our take on the defensive end group.
I think the thing with Chandler is knowing when to turn it on. That’s what Belichick mentioned once with Lawrence Taylor - when the game was on the line and it was a gotta-have-it play, that’s when Taylor was at his best.
Chandler’s flashed a lot of athleticism and versatility in his first two years, but I think the final step is to make those big, gotta-have-it plays.
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Sweet #Patriots Propaganda poster featuring the one and only Chandler Jones (by @DeRoyDesigns)
I love these guys so much, can’t wait to see old 87 back on the field!!
Lotta good points in here from Doug Kyed. I think the key to Jones emerging is getting another legit defensive end (or two). Take the attention off Jones. Don’t make him play every snap. It’s a “one step back to take two steps forward” kind of a deal.
Then you can move Jones around, pick your spots with him and then on that key third-and-long he comes flying off the edge to force a hurried throw. That’s what you want.