New teammates believe ex-Patriots DE Chandler Jones can reach 20-sack plateau in 2016

August 01, 2016 - 7:06 am
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[caption id="attachment_104625" align="alignright" width="400"]His new teammates think Chandler Jones can reach 20 sacks in Arizona in 2016. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com) His new teammates think Chandler Jones can reach 20 sacks in Arizona in 2016. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)[/caption] Chandler Jones' new teammates have set a high bar for the former Patriots' defensive end. Jones, dealt by New England to Arizona in the offseason, has the potential for a 20-sack season in 2016, according to Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson and safety Tyrann Mathieu. "There's no doubt about it," Peterson told the Arizona Republic. "He has that potential to be a 20-plus sack guy. … He's in a contract year, too, so I know he's going to be even that much hungrier." "In this division, yeah, he can get 20 sacks," Mathieu said. "In this division, they rely on their quarterbacks to make plays – i.e. San Francisco and Seattle. I just figure it like this: If (Dwight) Freeney had eight sacks in a backup role, Chandler should probably get 20 in a starting role." The 6-foot-5, 247-pound Jones was taken in the first round of the 2012 draft by the Patriots, and had 36 sacks in four seasons in New England, including a career-high 12.5 last year. He was traded by the Patriots to Arizona in the offseason. For his part, Jones isn't going on record with a prediction. "Honestly, I never try to think about that," Jones said when asked about reaching the 20-sack plateau. "Maybe at midseason I'll look at the stats, but I never go out to get a certain number. Hopefully, I do better than last year but I never go out each game and say, 'Hey, I want this many sacks in this game' or 'I'm trying to get this many sacks.' "Honestly, I wish I could sack the quarterback every time they drop back. But it's not that easy." For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.