5. Chandler Jones, New England (29.5): Jones lined up at RDE in the Patriots’ 4-3 defense as a rookie last year. Some thought it would take two years for Jones to be strong enough to play well in the NFL, but he demonstrated he was much further along than anticipated.
The Patriots haven’t had a consistently dominant pass-rusher since Mike Vrabel. Jones has a good chance to end that search and become a consistent double-digit sack player for New England. Jones started fast his rookie season and registered six sacks in his first eight games. But an ankle injury caused Jones to miss two games, and he didn’t have the same burst and production when he returned. Injuries have been an issue for Jones dating to college. But if he can stay healthy for 16 games, he could have a big 2013 season for the Patriots.
After the Ravens won the AFC championship, Arthur, Jon and Chandler met up and took a picture. Jon told Shutdown Corner that he wanted to share the picture with fans, but Chandler worried about one person seeing the pic. “We haven’t seen each other much and I said, we should take a picture, because I was automatically thinking about the fans and what they wanted to see. I’m sure they wanted to share that moment with us. It was a picture of me and Chandler holding up Arthur. I tweeted it, and Chandler had no clue I tweeted the picture,” Jon said. “He was like, [Patriots coach Bill] Belichick is not going to want to see a picture of me holding up a Raven with a smile on my face. I understood, so I took the picture down, but it was so much more about being with our brother. We were so happy for Arthur.
Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones did not need surgery on either of his injured ankles, according to a source. Jones said last week that he would need to consult the team doctor to discuss a course of action, and he didn’t rule out surgery. But it looks like rest will be the best method of recovery
The Patriots take secrecy about injuries seriously. So seriously that rookie defensive end Chandler Jones won’t tell his own brother how he’s feeling. Of course, that’s largely because Chandler’s brother, Arthur Jones, plays for the Ravens. Arthur told reporters this week that he saw Chandler suffer an ankle injury on Sunday and was concerned, but Chandler wouldn’t tell him how he was doing because he doesn’t want the Ravens to have any insight. “I know he got rolled up bad last week, so I was trying to figure out if he was going to play or not and get the inside scoop,” Arthur Jones said, via USA Today. “But he’s doing a good job not telling me anything.”
There hasn’t been a definitive word on Chandler Jones’ ankle injury. However, the positive news is he departed from Gillette Stadium without a walking boot. Jones was limping out of the locker room, and he knew he wasn’t returning to the game in the second half when he hurt the ankle, as he stood off to the side away from the defensive subs. But the boot is always a measure of precaution, and the medical staff didn’t feel it was necessary.
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