Jones is expected to work as an outside pass rusher for the majority of his snaps in the upcoming season, the Cardinals' official site reports. Under the direction of previous coach Bill Belichick, Jones was moved about often due to the Patriots' notorious game-specific schemes. In Arizona, Jones will no longer dabble inside, as the Cardinals immediately deemed him an outside linebacker after netting him via trade. After capping out at 12.5 sacks during his last regular season in New England, working in tandem with elite disrupter Calais Campbell could result in a career season and therefore elevated standing in IDP circles for Jones.
Jones was traded to the Cardinals on Tuesday in exchange for guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The 21st overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Jones comfortably exceeded expectations during his four years in New England, registering 211 tackles, 36 sacks and 10 forced fumbles in 55 games. The Cardinals finally have the high-end outside pass rusher they've coveted all offseason, and they did well to land a player that just turned 26 years old and is also strong against the run. The downside is that Jones just finished up the last year of his rookie contract, though the Patriots did pick up his fifth-year option for approximately $7.8 million. The Cardinals presumably hope to sign Jones to a long-term deal, which could potentially top the five-year, $85 million contract that Olivier Vernon recently signed with the Giants.
Jones (abdomen/toe) is listed as active Sunday's AFC title game against the Broncos. Jones, who recorded four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble before exiting last Saturday's win over the Chiefs in the fourth quarter, will give it a go Sunday, as will linebacker Jamie Collins, with the duo's combined presence of vital importance to the New England defense's chances of containing the Broncos offense on Sunday.
Jones (abdomen/toe) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC title game against the Broncos, WEEI.com reports. Jones' right knee -- which the defensive end appeared to tweak this past Saturday against the Chiefs -- is not listed on the report, which suggests that he should be a go for Sunday's 3:05 ET kickoff in the absence of any setbacks.
Jones (abdomen/toe) was listed as a limited practice participant during Wednesday's walk-through session, the Boston Herald reports. It's notable that Jones' right knee -- which he appeared to tweak this past weekend against the Chiefs -- is not referenced on the report, which would appear to bode well for his chances of being able to suit up for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Broncos.
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