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Chandler Jones with the sack, strip and recovery of the football.

Not Gameday!

Not Gameday!

Clearly the Patriots team MVP through the first three games of the season.

Clearly the Patriots team MVP through the first three games of the season.

New England changed it up in Week 2 and Jones was only cast in the 4 or 5-technique roles six times, with 57 of his 69 snaps coming outside the offensive tackle. The results were much different as Jones put in the most impressive defensive performance of the week posting a 9.0 grade that included a 3.6 effort against the run and a 5.2 mark as a pass rusher.

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Seems pretty clear the Pats should stick with what works best for Chandler.

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Chandler Jones 58 yd TD return off a blocked field goal

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.

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.

Patriots Training Camp Preview: Defensive End

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.

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With the Patriots bolstering their secondary with Darrelle Revis, a player like third-year defensive end Chandler Jones could be a primary beneficiary of better coverage. He had six sacks as a rookie and followed that up with 11.5 last season. Could he hit 15 this season? As long as he stays healthy, it wouldn’t surprise me.

Mike Reiss

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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He logged 17.5 sacks in 30 games since entering the NFL in 2012, just three spots (1.5 sacks) outside the top 20 in that span. With 11.5 sacks in 2013, Jones finished ninth-best in the league.