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Chandler Jones approaching Pats visit “like any other game”

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2016, file photo, Arizona Cardinals' Chandler Jones runs with his helmet between drills during practice at the NFL football teams training camp in Glendale, Ariz. When the New England Patriots play the Cardinals in the first week of the season, the Patriots certainly will recognize one of the players they face. Jones, acquired in a trade with New England in the offseason, will line up at outside linebacker. He had 12 1-2 sacks as a defensive end for New England last season.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) AP

The Cardinals and Patriots pulled off one of the bigger trades of the offseason when New England sent linebacker Chandler Jones to Arizona for guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick, something that may have been on the minds of the league’s schedulers when they set up the opening weekend of the 2016 season.

The Patriots will be in Glendale Sunday night, giving Jones an immediate opportunity to show the Patriots what they gave up when they shipped him to the desert. Some of Jones’ teammates believe that the game has a special meaning for the former Patriot, but Jones says it’s “strictly business” on his end.

“I’m just taking this like a regular Week One, like any Week One I would go through,” Jones said, via ESPN.com. “A lot of people would say this is a big game for me, but I’m approaching it like any other game.”

Jones was used in a variety of ways by the Patriots and Sunday will bring the first chance to see how the Cardinals deploy the kind of three-down pass rushing threat that they’ve lacked in recent seasons. The Patriots will surely be paying attention as well in hopes of keeping Jones from spoiling Jimmy Garoppolo’s first regular season start.

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22 Responses to “Chandler Jones approaching Pats visit “like any other game””
  1. elyasm says: Sep 9, 2016 8:45 AM

    No surprise that he’s a lot smarter than his QB in how he responds to the media. Nice to see that he hasn’t forgotten everything Bill taught him.

  2. footballboozer says: Sep 9, 2016 9:03 AM

    Lets hope he gave up smoking synthetic weed and keeps his pants on this year.

  3. tylawspick6 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:12 AM

    Wait until he gets his 15 mil per.

    Yikes.

    Bye bye Arizona.

  4. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 9, 2016 9:20 AM

    I wish CJ well obviously except for Sunday and in the Super Bowl against us.
    🙂

  5. Fartimus Prime says: Sep 9, 2016 9:45 AM

    No surprise that Patsies fans are miffed at Carson’s honest and reasonable answers to reporters’ questions. “You break the rules, you get punished,” is hardly bulletin board material unless of course, you are a team that regularly breaks the rules.

    It is all irrelevant anyways, as Zona will destroy the Patsies with or without little Tammy.

  6. chadsmith013 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:45 AM

    queue homer pats fan saying he is overrated and the team is better without him and how they dont need him…blah blah and blah…

  7. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 9, 2016 9:46 AM

    “…something that may have been on the minds of the league’s schedulers when they set up the opening weekend”

    Something was on their minds all right. Two division winning playoff teams and two division opponents in the first 4 without Brady. Probably the only reason the division games aren’t on the road is to give the Bills and fish the best chance of beating NE twice.

  8. MostlyRight says: Sep 9, 2016 9:50 AM

    What elyasm you expect Palmer to act like a typical entitled East Coast Patriots homer with the media, instead of saying what every other NFL fan thinks?

    If you’re gonna cheat, you might get caught and have to pay the consequences. Most of us learn that by preschool. There seems to be a bubble over there…Trump’s New York “values”, Hillary’s Washington DC, and Bill B.’s New England where they’re taught the rules are different for them.

  9. silvernblacksabbath says: Sep 9, 2016 10:12 AM

    chesswhileyouplaycheckers says:
    Sep 9, 2016 9:46 AM

    Something was on their minds all right. Two division winning playoff teams and two division opponents in the first 4 without Brady. Probably the only reason the division games aren’t on the road is to give the Bills and fish the best chance of beating NE twice.
    ———————————
    3/4 games at home without Brady…

    Then Ninkovich doesn’t get punished because he’s already out 4 weeks with a tricep!!!

    Nice try dude…

  10. patsrule59 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:42 AM

    @fartimus,

    Except that the whole “you break the rules, you get punished” concept seems to only apply to some teams.

    For example – Brett Favre received only a fine for the exact same offense (refusing to hand over his cell phone) that Brady got suspended four games for.

    The Panthers and Vikings got away with a verbal warning for the other offense (tampering with footballs) that Brady got nailed for.

    And tell me, why has Aqib Talib received no discipline at all for firing off a gun in public, an offense for which other players have received lengthy suspensions?

    Is it too much to ask for a little consistency?

  11. dixonscider says: Sep 9, 2016 11:08 AM

    “I’m just taking this like a regular Week One, like any Week One I would go through,” Jones said, via ESPN.com.

    So, he’ll be smoking synthetic marijuana tonight? Or does he save that for special occasions – like the playoffs?

  12. bengal4life says: Sep 9, 2016 11:12 AM

    @patsrule59

    With all the scandals the Pats have been in, I’d say the punishment has gotten consistently harsher.

  13. sigbouncer says: Sep 9, 2016 11:25 AM

    Sure Jones is approaching this game like any other. Pull this leg and it plays jingle bells too…

  14. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:27 AM

    “It is all irrelevant anyways, as Zona will destroy the Patsies with or without little Tammy.”

    I don’t think there’s any weaker smack talk than calling a professional athlete that’s taken hundreds of hard hits and popped right back up a woman’s name when the same person calling the name would likely be in a hospital from a single one of those hits.

    What are you 5 years old? Never got past 8 year old schoolyard bully phase of your mental development?

    SMH

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:29 AM

    “queue homer pats fan saying he is overrated and the team is better without him and how they dont need him…”

    I’ve seen or heard exactly zero Pats fans make that statement. In fact most were disappointed by the trade.

    But that’s the Pats hater anthem, Lie Like Rodger and keep lying and the sheep might believe it.

  16. chieftaindawg says: Sep 9, 2016 11:31 AM

    This is a good quality guy on your D. Arizona is much better for it. Pats fan here, and he was a very good ballplayer for many years. Best of luck to Chandler.

  17. footballboozer says: Sep 9, 2016 12:43 PM

    Fartimus Prime says:
    Sep 9, 2016 9:45 AM
    No surprise that Patsies fans are miffed at Carson’s honest and reasonable answers to reporters’ questions. “You break the rules, you get punished,” is hardly bulletin board material unless of course, you are a team that regularly breaks the rules.

    ================

    Did you actually listen to the entire interview?
    He contradicted himself.
    He said he really didn’t know what went on.
    Typical GODell kool-aid drinker.
    Have fun with your Jets this year.

  18. Fartimus Prime says: Sep 9, 2016 1:01 PM

    Again, saying “you break the rules, you run the risk of getting punished” is a basic concept we have all known since we were 5 year olds. It is ludicrous to expect Carson to go on a pro-Patriots tirade citing historical examples dating back to the Favre days.

    Patriots are going down on Sunday, after their fans knocked Chandler Jones all offseason in every prior PFT post about him. As I recall, the common complaint from Pats fans is “overrated, never performs in big games.”

    All the uber-defensive posts by Patsies fans in here just go to show why the rest of the country dislikes Boston fans so much. Your persecution complex is showing!

  19. theuglitruth says: Sep 9, 2016 4:03 PM

    Its not exactly like it’s the first time the Pats got caught cheating…so you can’t be surprised when the hammer comes down or other players put their honest opinion about it! Get tougher skin or next time don’t get caught! Stop whining about it & deal.

  20. tylawspick6 says: Sep 9, 2016 4:35 PM

    Pats have never been “caught” cheating. They’ve been framed as such, however, by a corrupt and lying commissioner.

    Did the Boogeyman hit Ray Rice’s wife in that elevator, too? LMAO

    Wait! But, Sheriff Rogie told me so and I believe everything he says and everything I read on the internets!

    1. Mocking Eric Mangini for knowing he ran to Woody Johnson to divulge how teams scout one another with film and Woody thinking it might be helpful JUST to NE, is not “cheating”.

    Note how Pete Rozelle or Paul Tagliabue never had any issue with any NFL coach’s video scouting procedures if the tapes were never used in tthe game played that day. That’s what the rule is for in the Constitution and Bylaws. Goodell manipulating the wording in the gameday manual is whatever Goodell wants to do and whatever sneaky behavior he thinks he can get away with there.

    It’s called openly mocking a former protege who took the money and sold his relationship with Belichick in the process.

    My god, you people are morons for believing Goodell.

    Every former NFL coach without an agenda, backed Belichick. Case closed. If everyone employs a video coordinator and everyone is doing the same thing, it cannpt be an advantage for just 1 team.

    WHy are people so stupid in our society?

    2. Deflategate was clearly proven as a framejob.

    Scientists and judges all agreed and saw right through it.

    When you lie and edit testimony to frame, you clearly have no evidence.

  21. Fartimus Prime says: Sep 9, 2016 7:14 PM

    When you smash your cell phone into a million little pieces the second you hear there’s an investigation, that’s generally never going to help your credibility, regardless of the venue or forum. Maybe Tammy should’ve thought that one out first.

  22. jrfrom508 says: Sep 10, 2016 6:52 PM

    People who spell cue wrong should be strelized….

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