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Chandler James Jones (born February 27, 1990) is an American football outside linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). Jones was selected by the New England Patriots with the 21st overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football at Syracuse. He is the younger brother of current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and of former National Football League (NFL) player Arthur Jones.

Chandler Jones
Chandler Jones
Jones with the New England Patriots in 2013
No. 55 – Arizona Cardinals
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1990-02-27) February 27, 1990 (age 29)
Rochester, New York
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school:Union-Endicott (Endicott, New York)
College:Syracuse
NFL Draft:2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
NFL
College
  • All-Big East (2010, 2011)
  • Freshman All-Big East honorable mention (2009)
  • Phil Steele's All-Big East third team selection (2010)
  • Phil Steele All-BIG EAST Third Team (2009)
  • National All-Freshman Second Team selection (2009)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:368
Sacks:77.0
Interceptions:1
Forced fumbles:19
Fumble recoveries:4
Defensive touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com

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Early yearsEdit

Jones attended Union-Endicott High School, where he played high school football. He was a 2007 SuperPrep All-Northeast and PrepStar All-East Region selection.[1] Jones was ranked as the eighth-best prospect of the state of New York by Scout.com.[1]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Chandler Jones
Defensive end
Endicott, New York Union-Endicott High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 4.95 Oct 29, 2007 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 50   Rivals: 48
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Syracuse Football Commitments". Rivals.com.
  • "2008 Syracuse Football Recruiting Commits". Scout.com.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com.
  • "2008 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

College careerEdit

Jones attended and played college football at Syracuse from 2008-2011.[2] After not playing as a freshman in 2008, he appeared in 12 games as a sophomore. He totaled 52 combined tackles and 1.5 sacks.[3] As a junior in 2010, he recorded 57 total tackles, four sacks, four passes defensed, and three forced fumbles.[4] As a senior in 2011, Jones played in only seven games due to injury, but still was an All-Big East selection after recording 39 tackles and 4.5 sacks.[5][6]

On December 30, 2011, Jones announced that he would enter the 2012 NFL Draft.[7]

Collegiate statisticsEdit

Chandler Jones Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
2009 Syracuse Big East SO DL 12 33 19 52 10.0 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 Syracuse Big East JR DL 13 38 19 57 9.5 4.0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 3
2011 Syracuse Big East SR DL 7 30 8 38 7.5 4.5 1 32 32.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career Syracuse 32 101 46 147 27.0 10.0 1 32 32.0 0 4 0 0 0 3

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 5 38 in
(1.97 m)
266 lb
(121 kg)
35 12 in
(0.90 m)
9 34 in
(0.25 m)
4.77 s 4.38 s 7.07 s 35 in
(0.89 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
22 reps
All values from the NFL Combine[8]

Jones was considered one of the best defensive end prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft.[9]

New England PatriotsEdit

Jones was drafted by the New England Patriots in the first round with the 21st overall selection.[10] He was the highest selected player from Syracuse since defensive end Dwight Freeney in 2002. On May 23, 2012, Jones signed a four-year contract with the Patriots.[11]

2012 seasonEdit

As a rookie, Jones was immediately thrust into the starting right defensive end slot for the Patriots in 2012. In Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans, Jones strip-sacked quarterback Jake Locker, which was subsequently recovered by fellow rookie teammate Dont'a Hightower, who returned it for a touchdown.[12] A week later, Jones had another sack, which caused a fumble and a recovery for the Patriots, against Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb.[13]

In Week 6 against the Seattle Seahawks, Jones recorded two sacks on quarterback Russell Wilson and managed to provide some good pressure on the Seahawks offensive line, forcing one fumble in that game.[14] Jones made his sixth career sack in Week 8 against the St. Louis Rams by dropping Sam Bradford to the turf in London, England.[15] In 14 games (13 starts) of his rookie season in 2012, Jones produced 45 tackles, 6 sacks, 5 passes defended, and 3 forced fumbles.[16]

2013 seasonEdit

In a game against the Baltimore Ravens, quarterback Tyrod Taylor fumbled the snap and Jones recovered it in the end zone for the first touchdown of his career.[17] Jones started all 16 games in 2013 recording 42 tackles with 11.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown.[18]

2014 seasonEdit

For the season, Jones recorded 43 tackles and 6 sacks in 10 games.[19] In Week 2, Jones recorded 2 sacks; he also blocked a field goal and returned it for a touchdown.[20] On February 1, 2015, he won his first Super Bowl ring when the Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX.[21] In the waning seconds of the game, Jones and then-teammate Jonathan Casillas provided the New England coaching team with the ceremonial Gatorade shower.

2015 seasonEdit

On April 30, 2015, the Patriots picked up the option on Jones' contract.[22] Through the first eight games, Jones racked up 9.5 sacks, including two in an October 29 win over the Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football to help the Patriots move to 7-0. Jones would finish the regular season with a team-leading 12.5 sacks, a new career high, as well as his first career interception. He was ranked 48th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[23]

Six days before the Patriots took on the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Playoffs, Jones was hospitalized after showing up at the Foxborough Public Safety Building in a disoriented but cooperative state. Later reports indicated that he had experienced a bad reaction to synthetic marijuana, a legal drug under Massachusetts law. Jones would still play in the following Divisional Playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs and the AFC Championship game against the Denver Broncos.[24]

Arizona CardinalsEdit

2016 seasonEdit

On March 15, 2016, Jones was traded to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for Jonathan Cooper and a second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.[25] In 2016, Jones started all 16 games for the Cardinals, recording 49 tackles, 11 sacks, three passes defensed and four forced fumbles.[26] He was also ranked 85th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.[27]

2017 seasonEdit

 
Chandler Jones in 2017

On February 27, 2017, the Cardinals placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Jones.[28] On March 10, 2017, he signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract extension with the Cardinals.[29] On December 19, 2017, he was named to his second Pro Bowl.[30] Jones finished the season leading the league with 17.0 sacks, which set a new Cardinals' franchise record.[31] He was ranked 28th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018.[32]

2018 seasonEdit

In 2018, Jones was moved to defensive end as new Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks implemented a 4-3 defense. In Week 5, Jones recorded a sack, pass breakup, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and recovery in a 28-18 win over the San Francisco 49ers, earning him NFC Defensive Player of the Week.[33] He finished the season with 49 tackles, 13 sacks, four passes defensed, and three forced fumbles. His 13 sacks led the team and was tied for seventh in the league.[34]

Season statisticsEdit

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions
G GS Comb Total Ast Sack SFTY PD Int Yds Avg Lng TD
2012 NE 14 13 45 24 21 6.0 0 4 0 0 0.0 0 0
2013 NE 16 16 79 40 39 11.5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
2014 NE 10 8 43 30 13 6.0 0 2 0 0 0.0 0 0
2015 NE 15 15 44 31 31 12.5 0 1 1 0 0.0 0 0
2016 AZ 16 16 49 39 11 11.0 0 3 0 0 0.0 0 0
2017 AZ 16 16 59 52 7 17.0 0 3 0 0 0.0 0 0
2018 AZ 16 16 49 38 11 13.0 0 4 0 0 0.0 0 0
Total 103 100 368 253 115 77.0 0 18 1 0 0.0 0 0

Personal lifeEdit

Jones is the youngest of his brothers. His oldest Arthur, is a former defensive end in the NFL, while his other brother Jon is an American mixed martial artist and light heavyweight champion of the world currently competing for the UFC.[35][36]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Syracuse Profile". suathletics.com. Archived from the original on January 29, 2012.
  2. ^ "Chandler Jones College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  3. ^ "Chandler Jones 2009 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  4. ^ "Chandler Jones 2010 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  5. ^ BIG EAST ANNOUNCES 2011 POSTSEASON FOOTBALL HONORS
  6. ^ Endicott's Chandler Jones makes All-Big East first team for Syracuse[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Syracuse defensive end Jones to enter NFL draft". ESPN.com. December 30, 2011. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  8. ^ http://nflcombineresults.com/playerpage.php?f=Chandler&l=Jones&i=9891
  9. ^ NFL Draft Scout
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "Looking closer at Jones signing". ESPN Boston. May 23, 2012. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  12. ^ Reiss, Mike (September 9, 2012). "Patriots have new difference-makers". ESPN.com.
  13. ^ "Patriots Week 2 Game Ball: Chandler Jones". PatsPulpit.com. September 17, 2012.
  14. ^ "5 takeaways from Patriots-Seahawks". Boston.com. October 14, 2012.
  15. ^ "Patriots overwhelm Rams in London". BostonGlobe.com. October 28, 2012.
  16. ^ "Chandler Jones 2012 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  17. ^ "New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens - December 22nd, 2013". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  18. ^ "Chandler Jones 2013 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  19. ^ "Chandler Jones 2014 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  20. ^ "New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings - September 14th, 2014". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  21. ^ "Super Bowl XLIX - Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots - February 1st, 2015". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  22. ^ Reiss, Mike (April 30, 2015). "Chandler Jones, Dont'a Hightower have fifth-year options picked up by Patriots". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
  23. ^ NFL Top 100 Players of 2016 - No. 48 Chandler Jones
  24. ^ "Report: Synthetic marijuana led to Chandler Jones' strange hospital trip". CBS Sports. January 13, 2016.
  25. ^ Sessler, Marc (March 15, 2016). "Patriots trade Chandler Jones to Cardinals". NFL.com. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  26. ^ "Chandler Jones 2016 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  27. ^ NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 - No. 85 Chandler Jones
  28. ^ Urban, Darren (February 27, 2017). "No Surprise: Cardinals Franchise Tag Chandler Jones". AZCardinals.com.
  29. ^ Patra, Kevin (March 10, 2017). "Chandler Jones, Cardinals finalize five-year extension". NFL.com.
  30. ^ "NFL announces 2018 Pro Bowl rosters". NFL.com. December 19, 2017. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  31. ^ "Chandler Jones sets Arizona Cardinals record for sacks in a season". azcentral. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  32. ^ "'Top 100 Players of 2018': Arizona Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones". NFL.com. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  33. ^ Maya, Adam (October 10, 2018). "Drew Brees, Isaiah Crowell among Players of the Week". NFL.com.
  34. ^ "Chandler Jones 2018 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  35. ^ "Arthur Jones, brother of former Patriots DE Chandler Jones, suspended four games for PED use (reports)". masslive.com. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  36. ^ "Arthur, Jon, and Chandler Jones: The Toughest Family in Sports". Boston.com. January 18, 2015. Retrieved February 23, 2019.

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