Chandler Jones lost 10 pounds, excited to move around more

AP

Chandler Jones‘ bank account got heavier this offseason, but he got lighter.

Jones signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal with the Cardinals in March and is heading into the 2017 season at 265 pounds. That’s down 10 from where he was last year and the outside linebacker said the drop was designed to improve his quickness. Coach Bruce Arians thinks Jones accomplished his mission.

“I think he is quicker, especially when he’s out in space,” Arians said, via the team’s website. “He didn’t lose any power, that’s for sure.”

Jones is asked to drop into coverage and said he’s “excited to move around a little bit more” during his second year in Arizona, but the best use for any added quickness is likely to come when Jones is trying to run down quarterbacks off the edge. That’s what led to the trade that brought him to the Cardinals and it’s what led to his big payday this offseason, so more of the same will be welcomed with open arms.

8 responses to “Chandler Jones lost 10 pounds, excited to move around more

  1. Hopefully his conditioning is up because their defense is going to be on the field a lot this year! Great player and respect the Cardinals but I think their offense is getting too old with Palmer and Fitz. Normally I wouldn’t say a WR makes that big of a difference but Palmer as well.

  2. The best way to neutralize a pass rusher is put him “out in space” doing something he can’t do. Thanks Cards.

    8-8. The Seahawks have the division locked up by Thanksgiving, just like last year.

  3. Aww, that’s cute. Now over here in reality, Jones got 2.5 sacks, 4 tackles and 2 assists in 2016 against Seattle, which makes it laughable that they have him “figured out.”

    Keep in mind, Seattle failed to win either game, and should have lost both games if Catanzaro didn’t miss two chip shots in Game 1. Seattle doesn’t have an answer for Jones, that’s why he dominated Lil Russ last season.

    The Cardinals will make their kicks this season. No more Blair Walsh hand me downs to the SeaTurkeys.

    Cards take the division easily, just like 2015.

  4. Yah, Seahawks gave 1.5 games to the Cards last year…and the Cards still couldn’t break even on the season. AZ will be battling SF & LA to stay out of last place.

  5. Aww, that’s cute. Seattle fans are so touchy about another failed season for them. It’s nice to know Arizona is in your heads so early, the crushing defeat of second place won’t burn you as bad this time as it did in 2015.

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