On Now
Coming Up
  • Fri., May. 05, 2017 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM MDT Salute to Fans Tour
    Salute to Fans Tour: Fort Morgan
    May 5, 2017
    Legion Field
    219 S West St, Fort Morgan, CO 80701
    Click here for more information.
  • Sat., May. 06, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM MDT Salute to Fans Tour
    Salute to Fans Tour: Woodland Park
    May 6, 2017
    Woodland Park High School
    151 Panther Way, Woodland Park, CO 80863
    Click here for more information.
  • Sun., May. 07, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM MDT Salute to Fans Tour
    Salute to Fans Tour: Aurora
    May 7, 2017
    Aurora Municipal Lawn
    15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO 80012
    Click here for more information.
  • Fri., May. 12, 2017 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM MDT Salute to Fans Tour
    Salute to Fans Tour: Gunnison
    May 12, 2017
    Jorgensen Park
    Gunnison, CO 81230
    Click here for more information.
  • Sat., May. 13, 2017 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM MDT Salute to Fans Tour
    Salute to Fans Tour: Cañon City
    May 13, 2017
    Holy Cross Abbey
    2951 US-50, Cañon City, CO 81212
    Click here for more information.
  • Fri., May. 19, 2017 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM MDT Salute to Fans Tour
    Salute to Fans Tour: Steamboat Springs
    May 19, 2017
    Ski Town Park
    Steamboat Springs
    Click here for more information.
  • Sat., May. 20, 2017 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM MDT Salute to Fans Tour
    Salute to Fans Tour: Aspen
    May 20, 2017
    Aspen –TBD
    Click here for more information.
  • Sat., Jun. 03, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM MDT Salute to Fans Tour
    Salute to Fans Tour: Fort Collins
    June 3, 2017
    Budweiser Brewery Experience
    2351 Busch Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80524
    Click here for more information.
  • Sun., Sep. 03, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM MDT Salute to Fans Tour
    Salute to Fans Tour: Denver
    September 3, 2017
    Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    Click here for more information.
Print
RSS

Five to Watch: 5. Chandler Jones

Posted Jan 18, 2014

Independent analyst Andrew Mason Independent analyst Andrew Mason continues his look at five key players in Sunday's AFC Championship Game with Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- More than a few eyebrows arched when the Patriots took defensive end Chandler Jones with their first-round pick in 2012. But as has been the case myriad times in the 21st century, a perceived Patriots draft gamble was proven right.

The No. 21 overall pick emerged with 11.5 sacks this year, and along with defensive end Rob Ninkovich, gave the Patriots pass-rushing threats on both sides of the defensive line.

Jones has been less of a sack threat in recent weeks; he has just one sack since his take-down of Peyton Manning in Week 12 pushed his season total to 10.5 sacks through 11 games. But Jones continues to generate pressure; he was credited with six quarterback hurries by ProFootballFocus.com in Week 17 against Buffalo.

He has also emerged as one of the Patriots' best run defenders, and has improved at setting the edge this season. Since giving up 280 yards on the ground to the Broncos in Week 12, New England has shaved 26.9 yards off its average rushing yardage allowed per game and 0.26 yards off its average permitted per carry, and Jones' emergence against the run is a primary cause of their improvement.

Even if Jones doesn't generate sacks, there are other ways in which Jones can be effective against the pass, and his task goes beyond pass-rushing. As with Ninkovich, he is also responsible for identifying screen passes before they develop and not being caught out of position.

"The biggest thing is…reacting, playing the play and reacting," said Jones. "They have a good offense. They have a lot of weapons. You just have to eliminate certain players. That screen is something you would react off of."

As Jones gains more experience, he reads and reacts quicker, making him a disruptive threat among the Patriots' front seven.