High praise for Chandler Jones


High praise for Chandler Jones

Jermon Bushrod is getting ready to start his sixth season in the NFL.

For the last three, he's served as Drew Brees' blindside, and over that time has started 46 of 48 games, won a Super Bowl, gone to the Pro Bowl and established himself as one of the league's best pass protectors.

Just last year, he played more snaps (1,177) than anyone in the NFL.

Long story short: Bushrod's been around; he's competed against the best. So when it comes to evaluating talent at the defensive end position, there are few better sources.

With that, here's what Bushrod said Tuesday (after the PatsSaints joint practice) about rookie defensive end Chandler Jones:

"He looks like a Pierre-Paul type, the way he comes off the ball. He has long arms, he's a tall guy and he has good speed. If you let him get into your chest, he has power enough to bull you.

He continued: "I really can't comment on him too much because I'm not here grinding with him every day, but just today's battle and seeing him out here, I think he's going to have a promising future."

And lastly: "He's a good-looking player. Big steps, long arms and has the ability to bat balls like he did in our team period. When you're young, you have to continue to fight and work on the things that will bring you success. Obviously, I think he's doing a good job of that. I don't know him too well, but I think everything will be all right for him."

Now I don't want to get too carried away but this is another fantastic sign for Jones, who's already turned a few heads over the first few weeks of training camp. Obviously, he's only 22, and has a long way to go in terms of staying healthy and continuing to get better. But at the same time, it's hard to imagine a more promising start.

Jones has already established himself as a starter; already earned praise from his peers and comparisons to one of the best defensive linemen in the game.


We all are.

For Jones' rookie season and ultimately his career, but first

His NFL debut.

That comes Thursday night at Gillette against Mr. Bushrod and the Saints.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Friday, Sept. 30: It's all Bruins in World Cup final


Friday, Sept. 30: It's all Bruins in World Cup final

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while taking a nap this afternoon so I can watch the 1:30 am replay of tonight’s Bruins/Red Wings game on the NHL Network.

*Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara scored the goals at the World Cup’s decisive game on Thursday night, and No. 63 got the clutch game-winner late in the third period for Team Canada. Then he watched as linemate Sidney Crosby won the MVP for the tournament in what could be perceived, from a Boston point of view, as a largely Canadian-based hockey media fawning over Sid the Kid once again. Look, he was the tournament’s leading scorer, but last night’s heroics probably should have tipped the scales toward the B’s agitator getting the World Cup hardware.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Halford has Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm seeking an eight year deal from his team. That could be another contract negotiation to watch closely if you’re a Bruins fan.

*Zach Werenski, one of the D-men the Bruins were trying to trade up to get two years ago in the first round of the draft, is looking like he might be NHL-ready for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

*Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov is holding out with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and just wants to get paid like the rest of his teammates.

*Marian Hossa says he still wants to play hockey when he’s 42 years old, or close to the age that countrymen Zdeno Chara is right now.

*Here are some preseason college hockey storylines with the world of NCAA hockey about to start up in force.

*A judge has ruled that the family of the late Derek Boogaard may pursue a lawsuit against the NHL over the death of their son.

*For something completely different: “Tex Ryan” takes his jokes to open mic night and I’m fairly this is Toucher and Rich skewering the Buffalo Bills head coach. And rightfully so.



Patriots won’t have to deal with Bills WR Sammy Watkins on Sunday.


Patriots won’t have to deal with Bills WR Sammy Watkins on Sunday.

FOXBORO - Scratch the estimable Sammy Watkins from the Bills roster for Sunday. 

Buffalo shared via Twitter that their long, tall wideout is out for Sunday with a foot injury. Also down are wideout Greg Salas and left tackle Cyrus Kouandijo.

The Bills' starting left tackle Cordy Glenn has been dealing with an ankle injury that caused him to miss last week's game. 

Robert Woods will be the Bills best outside threat with Watkins taking Sunday off. The Bills' talented corner Ronald Darby is also trying to get back this week from a hamstring injury that caused him to miss last week's game with Arizona.