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Chandler Jones impresses in Patriots debut

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Patriots rookie defensive end Chandler Jones was among the most impressive players on the field in any of Thursday night’s six preseason games, showing off a very quick first step and making his presence felt repeatedly in the Saints’ backfield.

Saints left tackle Jermon Bushrod, who drew the assignment of blocking Jones, said afterward that he was impressed.

I think he’s going to be a good player in this league. It was a battle out there,” Bushrod said, via Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com. “I think he has a bright future ahead of him. . . . He definitely looks the part, a good physical specimen.”

Bushrod was called for holding Jones on back-to-back plays, but he said afterward that he didn’t agree with the penalties. Everyone agrees, however, that Jones looked good: He was on the field for 14 Saints passing plays, and on five of those 14 he pressured the passer.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick changed the subject when asked about Jones, obviously not wanting to gush about his first-round draft pick on the strength of a couple of quarters of work in an exhibition game. But if Jones keeps playing like he did on Thursday night, he’ll be the subject of a great deal of praise in New England this year.

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  1. bigkevkris says: Aug 10, 2012 10:35 AM

    Jones was a beast last night….the whole Patriots defense looked 10000x better than last year…..

  2. deepthreat says: Aug 10, 2012 10:40 AM

    You wonder why a guy getting all these accolades was only able to get 10 sacks in his college career…

  3. mrfoozball says: Aug 10, 2012 10:41 AM

    Saints’ offensive line is severely over rated.

  4. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 10, 2012 10:42 AM

    “Bushrod was called for holding Jones on back-to-back plays, but he said afterward that he didn’t agree with the penalties. ”

    Yeah he wasn’t holding. He was just trying to see if he could fit in Jones’ jersey. You got beat, dude.

  5. randyschwimmer7 says: Aug 10, 2012 10:42 AM

    I love it, Chandler Jones gets high praise because he was a first round pick. He didn’t get a sack, just a couple of hurries. Yet another rookie gets two sacks from the interior of the line for Denver, and not one mention. Derek Wolfe had two sacks, a tackle for a loss, 3 total tackles, and two quarterback hurries. And Jones was one of the most impressive? How?

  6. blackandbluedivision says: Aug 10, 2012 10:43 AM

    The Pats with a possible dominant pass-rusher. That could be scary.

  7. randyschwimmer7 says: Aug 10, 2012 10:44 AM

    Yeah, and Chandler Jones had ONE tackle and one assist. Wow, ALL STAR STATS those are.

  8. jbcommonsense says: Aug 10, 2012 10:47 AM

    From my observations, Belichick does not ”gush,” even about Brady on his best day.

  9. brienos80 says: Aug 10, 2012 11:01 AM

    I agree JB, really the only time he does it at the end of a players career (Brown, Bruschi, Light -etc) – and at that point he usually lays it on pretty thick

  10. patriots87 says: Aug 10, 2012 11:05 AM

    manage your expectations people. but very impressive debut from Manhandler Jones.

  11. yelix says: Aug 10, 2012 11:11 AM

    Both defenses looked good. Though, if I were a Patriots fan, I’d be a little concerned about the offensive line. Brady’s biggest (maybe his only) weakness as a quarterback is that he can be easily beaten with a consistent pass rush. See: Super Bowls XLII and XVI.

  12. deepthreat says: Aug 10, 2012 11:23 AM

    randyschwimmer7: Jones had 5 pressures on 14 drop-backs, and drew two holding penalties. He also was in on two stuffed runs for losses. That is 9 impactful plays in only 26 snaps in the first half. He played well against a pretty good left tackle.

  13. matt14gg says: Aug 10, 2012 11:32 AM

    So right about Bushrod. He tried to imply the two holding calls were bad calls and thus blame the replacement officials. They were both good calls and Jones just owned him all night.

  14. kacapaco says: Aug 10, 2012 11:35 AM

    CJ and the tailbacks were the only bright side of Pats. The O line is worse that last years Chicago bears line that gave around 50 sacks. That is a big, I mean very BIG concern.

  15. geniusfan says: Aug 10, 2012 11:37 AM

    “Yet another rookie gets two sacks from the interior of the line for Denver, and not one mention. Derek Wolfe had two sacks, a tackle for a loss, 3 total tackles, and two quarterback hurries. And Jones was one of the most impressive? How?”

    Sacks are one of the most overrated statistics in the NFL Jones would have gotten two if Bushrod didn’t grab any part of Jones he could to prevent the sacks. Not to mention the Bears O-line is garbage while Bushrod is a top NFL OT.

    While the O-line didn’t look great they were still missing three starters so there’s that to consider not to mention the Patriots offense wasn’t alone in not looking crisp the Saints and especially the Packers didn’t look any better. I’ll start being concerned in September in Nashville if Brady is getting harassed for now it’s just the preseason nobody is game-planning.

  16. sod61 says: Aug 10, 2012 11:40 AM

    I would be more worried about the “Giselle curse” and Brady getting old if I were Patsie fans. Belicheat wasn’t such a genius until he lucked out on Brady. Look at his Cleveland record and that’s what Patsie fans have to look forward to. Oh, I forgot they have Ryan Mallet and Steny Hoyer. LOL.

  17. flash1283 says: Aug 10, 2012 1:02 PM

    sod61 says: Aug 10, 2012 11:40 AM

    I would be more worried about the “Giselle curse” and Brady getting old if I were Patsie fans. Belicheat wasn’t such a genius until he lucked out on Brady. Look at his Cleveland record and that’s what Patsie fans have to look forward to. Oh, I forgot they have Ryan Mallet and Steny Hoyer. LOL.

    It’s funny how the HATERS (jealous fans from other teams, and YES that’s what you are) always want to try and point to Cleveland and say “see that’s what he was”.

    Yes it wasn’t great in Cleveland, but it wasn’t as bad as the HATERS want to make it.

    They never mention the fact that the entire organization was in disorder.

    And who was the head coach the last time the Browns made the playoffs? Oh yeah, it was BB.
    And who was the head coach the last time the Browns WON a playoff game? Oh yeah, it was BB.

    And then they want to say he “lucked out on Brady”

    First BB wasn’t responsible for drafting Brady, it was Bobby Grier. If you want to say they were lucky he was still there in the 6th round that’s fine.
    Was it “luck” when BB kept him on the roster as the 4 QB? Who keeps 4 QB’s on the roster? No one!

    You people are so stupid, you don’t even realize that by constantly making these same lame comments on every Patriots thread it just proves how envious you are.

    If you DIDN’T CARE you wouldn’t comment!

  18. patriotenvy says: Aug 10, 2012 1:48 PM

    Was he playing the elephant role at all?

  19. CKL says: Aug 10, 2012 1:48 PM

    Ninkovich did pretty decent n the snaps I saw too. Can’t watch the game until Sat though. I learned not to put too much emphasis on preseason as far as tune ups after the 04 disaster of a preseason. It’s a time of evaluation and experimentation. I like the pressure the Pats D got though.

  20. homelanddefense says: Aug 10, 2012 2:16 PM

    Both defenses looked good. Though, if I were a Patriots fan, I’d be a little concerned about the offensive line. Brady’s biggest (maybe his only) weakness as a quarterback is that he can be easily beaten with a consistent pass rush. See: Super Bowls XLII and XVI.
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    “easily” beaten is a bit of a stretch. Two last minute TD’s allowed by his defense isnt exactly an “easy” win. Add into it the two dropped passes that would have ended the game. And all QB’s are effected by a bad pass rush.

    The line is a big concern though. Assuming the three starters they are missing right now dont return for the regular season.

  21. nofaceangler718 says: Aug 10, 2012 4:25 PM

    I hope my coach Rex Ryan reads this. Bellichik says nothing about his drafted players all off season and when they play well, he downplays it and won’t commend them. Rex has preety much declared Muhammed Wilkerson ( who was invisible last year) a hall of famer and he makes Coples sound like a monster who will eat every qb we face. Meanwhile he is no longer starter and has been getting mauled by vlad ducasse in practice. I am so tired of Rex claiming everyone is great and refuses to criticize or even acknowledge a weakness. It makes it hard to get excited about a player.

  22. jatremblay says: Aug 12, 2012 12:49 AM

    Awesome draft this year for Patriots spells big trouble for rest of league. And, why didn’t Denver rookie get mentioned? Easy. He plays for the Broncos. Only people in Colorado like the Broncos — No one else cares

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