National praise for Chandler Jones

August, 13, 2012
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The preseason debut of rookie defensive end Chandler Jones has earned some national recognition, with Jones selected as the "defensive player of the week" in Peter King's "Monday Morning Quarterback" piece.

Writes King:
On his second play as a pro, Jones, starting at right end, pushed New Orleans left tackle Jermon Bushrod back into Drew Brees lap, forcing Brees to roll right and throw an incompletion. Jones got good push on the next snap as well, and I am reminded of what Mike Mayock said on draft day about Jones, the 21st pick in round one last April: He said Jones' best football was ahead of him, and he'd turn out to be the best defensive player to come out of this draft.

Nice debut. I watched his snaps against New Orleans' starting offensive line on tape Friday morning, during which Jones played right end in the 4-3 eight snaps and right end in the 3-4 four times. Here's how I saw his production:

Snaps: 13 (not including two penalties).
Holding penalties drawn: 2 (both called on Bushrod).
QB pressures: 3.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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