2013 New England Patriots Review: Chandler Jones, Defensive End

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 season ended in defeat for the New England Patriots, and now the team will be evaluating their roster as the draft and free agency are quickly approaching. Over the course of the next few weeks, PatsPulpit will take a look at each key player and review their performance, as well as their role on the Patriots moving forward.

Continuing the series, let's take a look at defensive end Chandler Jones.

Chandler Jones, DE

Before the 2012 draft, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said, "Three years from now, I'm gonna say Chandler Jones is the best defensive player to come out of this draft."

After Chandler Jones' 2013 campaign, Mayock might be on the right track with that prediction. Jones has quickly become one of the better edge setting defensive ends in the NFL. Whether Jones was in a three-point or two-point stance, he did a terrific job of containing the run. He displayed intellect and awareness beyond his years while accumulating 14 tackles for losses, which was 17th in the league.

As a pass rusher, Jones took a significant step forward after an up-and-down rookie year. He tied for seventh in the league with 11.5 sacks, up from only six in his rookie season. Jones improved his body after mixed martial arts training over the offseason, which made him quicker and stronger on the field.

However, Jones only had 10 quarterback hurries, which tied him for 30th in the league. While this is a respectable number, it shows that he has plenty of room to improve.

One reason for his lack of consistency is likely due to his underdeveloped pass rushing moves. Jones still needs to improve on crafting a go-to move, since many of his sacks could be labeled as "coverage sacks."

But this is to be expected considering he was one of the rawest defensive players in the 2012 draft.

Entering next season, Chandler Jones is arguably ahead of schedule in his development, so the future is bright for him and the New England Patriots.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Pats Pulpit

You must be a member of Pats Pulpit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pats Pulpit. You should read them.

Join Pats Pulpit

You must be a member of Pats Pulpit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pats Pulpit. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker