Chandler Jones
Chandler Jones
29-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Arizona Cardinals
2018 Fantasy Outlook
With James Bettcher off to the Giants and new coach Steve Wilks arriving from Carolina, Jones should switch from a 3-4 outside linebacker to a 4-3 end in what ought to be a Ron Rivera-style scheme. If so, Jones' IDP value stands to skyrocket. Fantasy points are more scarce on the line than at linebacker, so the position switch alone is a boon to his IDP worth. There's also the chance that playing with his hand on the ground more often affords Jones more sack opportunities. With 28 sacks the last two years, it's not as if he needed any help on that front. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Cardinals in March of 2017.
Sheds some weight
LBArizona Cardinals
April 9, 2019
Jones has lost 25 pounds, weighing in at 255 pounds at the outset of the Cardinals' offseason program, Mike Jurecki of the Cardinals' official sitereports.
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Jones bulked up in order to move from a 3-4 outside linebacker to a down lineman in Steve Wilks' 4-3 scheme last season. His stat line didn't suffer as a result -- 13 sacks, his fifth time in six campaigns in double digits -- but the defense overall fell out of the top 10 in yards allowed for the first time since 2014. With the move back to a 3-4 defense and working opposite veteran pass rusher Terrell Suggs, Jones will be seeking out yet another year with 10-plus sacks and multiple forced fumbles.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Although the Cardinals' 7-8-1 finish tarnished many of the accomplishments from 2016, the acquisition of Jones from the Patriots has to be considered a success, both personally and collectively on the defensive side of the ball. Powered by his 11 sacks, the Cardinals jumped from middle of the pack to top of the heap, finishing with an NFL-best 48 sacks. Jones' presence opened the door for second-year pass rusher Markus Golden to emerge, as evidenced by the latter's team-leading 12.5 sacks. After the season, Jones deservedly received the team's franchise tag, which was soon followed by a five-year, $83 million contract. Living up to lofty expectations may be difficult due to Calais Campbell's departure in free agency, but Jones will nonetheless be searching for the fourth double-digit sack tally of his career in 2017.
The 2012 first-round selection spent four successful seasons in New England, where he racked up 211 tackles, including 36 sacks, and 10 forced fumbles through 55 games. Due to inevitable extension talks, though, the Patriots opted to ship Jones to the Cardinals in the offseason. He's played all 16 regular season games just once in his career due to the occasional minor injury, but if he remains healthy throughout 2016, he should flirt with double-digit sacks as he provides Arizona with a pass-rushing presence on the outside.
Jones, who missed six games last year with a hip injury, is bouncing back from an offseason procedure, but the Patriots unsurprisingly picked up his fifth-year option for the 2016 season and there is nothing to suggest that his availability for the coming campaign will be impacted by his repair work. The 25-year-old defensive end wound up with 43 tackles and six sacks in 10 games for the Patriots in 2014, but with his expected return to health, he’s a threat to record double-digit sacks while seeing every-down duty on the team’s stout defensive line.
Standing 6-5 with 35 and 1/2-inch arms and excellent quickness, there was always reason to believe Jones would turn into an IDP monster. The only obstacle in his way was durability. He missed five games with a leg injury during his final collegiate year in 2011, and a Week 11 ankle injury drained him of his effectiveness for the end of his 2012 rookie season. Jones had good injury luck in 2013, however, and he turned in an enormous season. With 79 tackles and 11.5 sacks last year, Jones gave reason to believe he can put up stats near the level of J.J. Watt, so long as his lanky legs and ankles avoid further injury. The Patriots are thin at defensive end, so Jones should get all the work he can handle after playing 1,056 snaps last season. You might want to rank Jones among your top three DL if you're the gambling sort, because the payoff will be big if he stays fully healthy. He has a lower floor than some other players in this range, however, as he's still only 1-for-3 on injury-free seasons going back to 2011.
Like Justin Tuck, Jones is a player with a ton of upside but also a low floor once you take his recent injury history into account. The Patriots' 2012 first-round pick bolted to a 33-tackle, six-sack start in his first eight games, a pace that had him firmly in Pro Bowl contention, but he disappeared in the second half of the year likely due to a lingering ankle injury suffered in Week 11. Jones also missed five games due to a lower leg injury at Syracuse in 2011. Nonetheless, once you've gotten past the more reliable options at the position, Jones' upside makes him worth a dice roll.
While like most rookies, he’s far from a sure thing, Jones has the skill set and opportunity to post sizable numbers right away, particularly in the tackle category. He finished his Syracuse career with 147 tackles (102 solo) in just 32 games, which projects to roughly 74 stops (51 solo) in an NFL season. With a mammoth wingspan (35.5-inch arms) and flexibility and balance for his size, Jones has truly rare side-to-side range to trap ballcarriers. He can plant, change direction and lunge much more gracefully than is natural for someone of his build. While he is not as explosive or fast as the San Francisco star, the Aldon Smith comparisons are not entirely unwarranted for Jones, though Jones will not rival Smith as a pass rusher.
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Another double-digit sack season
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January 5, 2019
Jones accrued 13 sacks among his 49 tackles during the 2018 season.
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Sack streak continues
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December 4, 2018
Jones recorded four solo tackles and a sack during Sunday's 20-17 win over the Packers.
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Another two-sack performance
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November 19, 2018
Jones posted three tackles and two sacks in Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Raiders.
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Posts two sacks in loss
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November 11, 2018
Jones recorded three tackles (all solo) and two sacks during Sunday's 26-14 loss to the Chiefs.
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Five-game sack streak
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October 19, 2018
Jones made three tackles (two solo) and one sack in Thursday's 45-10 loss to the Broncos.
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