Chandler Jones

For the wide receiver, see Chandler Jones (wide receiver).
Chandler Jones

Chandler Jones

Jones with the New England Patriots in 2013
No. 55Arizona Cardinals
Position: Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-02-27) February 27, 1990
Place of birth: Rochester, New York
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school: Endicott (NY) Union-Endicott
College: Syracuse
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 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 Week 11, 2016
Total tackles: 244
Sacks: 44.0
Interceptions: 1
Forced fumbles: 13
Fumble recoveries: 3
Defensive touchdowns: 2
Player stats at

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.

Early years

Jones attended Union-Endicott High School. 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[1]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Chandler Jones
Defensive end
Endicott, New York Union-Endicott High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 4.95 Oct 29, 2007 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/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.


College career

As a junior at Syracuse 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.[2][3]

On December 30, 2011, Jones announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2012 NFL Draft.[4]

Professional career

2012 NFL Draft

Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 5 in 266 lb35½ in in 4.87 s 4.38 s 7.07 s 35 in 10 ft 0 in 22 reps
All values from the NFL Combine[5]

Jones was considered one of the best defensive end prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft.[6]

On April 26, 2012, Jones was drafted by the New England Patriots with the 21st pick of the first round.[7] He was the highest selected player from Syracuse since Dwight Freeney in 2002.

New England Patriots

On May 23, 2012, Jones signed a four-year contract with the Patriots.[8]

2012 season

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.[9] A week later, Jones had another sack against Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb which was also a fumble and a recovery for the Patriots.[10]

In Week 6 against the Seattle Seahawks, Jones recorded two sacks of quarterback Russell Wilson and managed to provide some good pressure on the Seahawks offensive line, forcing one fumble in that game.[11] Jones received his sixth career sack in Week 8 against the St. Louis Rams by dropping Sam Bradford to the turf in London, England.[12] In 14 games (13 starts) of his rookie season in 2012, Jones produced 45 tackles, 6 sacks, 5 passes defended, and 3 forced fumbles.

2013 season

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. 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.

2014 season

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

2015 season

On April 30, 2015, the Patriots picked up the option on Jones' contract.[13] Through the first eight games, Jones racked up 9.5 sacks, including two in an Oct. 29 win over the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night 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.

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.[14]

Arizona Cardinals

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. [15]

Season statistics

Tackles Interceptions
Year Team G Comb Total Ast Sack SFTY PDef Int TDs Yds Avg Lng
2012 New England Patriots 14 45 24 21 6.0 0 4 0 0 0 0.0 0
2013 New England Patriots 16 79 40 39 11.5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0
2014 New England Patriots 10 43 30 13 6.0 0 2 0 0 0 0.0 0
2015 New England Patriots 15 44 17 6 12.5 0 1 1 0 0 0.0 0

Personal life

Jones' eldest brother, Arthur, currently plays in the NFL for the Indianapolis Colts, while his other older brother Jon is an American mixed martial artist for the UFC


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