Keeping Jones in perspective


Keeping Jones in perspective

We're only a week into the season, but here's one thing I know for sure about the 2012 Patriots: Chandler Jones is going to test everyone's patience.

In a good way, of course.

You see, the problem with Jones is that he already feels too good to be true. From the moment he took the field in Week 1 of the preseason and made Saints Pro Bowler Jermon Bushrod look like George W. Bush we all knew that he was something special. Not only for his skills as a football player, but for how rare those specific skills are to the New England Patriots. Jones is a young, exciting, powerful and potentially dominant outside pass rusher. AKA, someone the Pats have lacked for the better part of eternity. So when we saw this monster blowing up the Saint offensive line, it was damn near impossible not to get carried away. He looked like the guy that Pats fans have waited their whole lives for.

But everyone fought the good fight, and tempered expectations as much as humanly possible. After all, it was only one preseason game.

And now, it's only been one regular season game, but the temptation to crown Jones as a savior on the Pats defensive line is stronger than ever. Again, so much of that is a matter of New England never having the pleasure of watching a guy with his skill set. Or at least not on the Pats. For the last decade, we've seen how guys like Dwight Freeney, Jason Taylor and, more recently, Jason Pierre-Paul wreak havoc on another team's game plan. As opposing fans, we're far too familiar with what it's like to know a pass rusher of that caliber lurking on the other side of your quarterback. And the idea that someone like that might finally play for the Patriots is so foreign that it's almost beyond description. It makes it so hard to keep both feet on the ground. But we'll keep trying. And hopefully Jones will keep doing his best to make sure we don't succeed.

Anyway, in a moment of weakness, I looked up some all-time Patriots sack records. Just a few things to keep in mind as Jones moves along on this promising rookie campaign:

Most sacks in a season by a Patriots rookie: Garin Veris, 10 (1985)
Most sacks in a season by a Patriot: Andre Tippet, 18.5 (1984)
Most sacks in a career by a Patriot: Tippet, 100

Here's hoping all three records fall this season.

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New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has a court date next week on criminal charges stemming from a fight after he turned himself in to police and was later released on a non-monetary bond.

Revis faces aggravated assault and other charges alleging he was in a fight with two men last weekend in Pittsburgh. He answered no questions from the media as he turned himself in Friday. He later made an initial court appearance, and his next court date was scheduled for Thursday.

Revis' attorney has said Revis was physically assaulted by a group of at least five people. He said Revis "feared for his safety" and sought medical attention, but he didn't offer details about the severity of Revis' injuries.

Police say the fight started when a man began recording a video of Revis and Revis grabbed his phone and tried to delete it. Two men say they were punched and knocked out.

The New York Jets said through a spokesman they would have no further comment on Revis' situation other than their initial statement that they were aware of the matter and had spoken with Revis. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to The Associated Press that the league was looking into the matter.

Attorney Blaine Jones said Saturday in a text message that while he was hired for the pre-indictment phase of the case, he would not be representing the Jets cornerback going forward.

Revis is due $15 million next season, including a $2 million roster bonus due on the second day of the new league year, March 10.

The $13 million in base salary includes $6 million in guaranteed money, which the Jets would owe him even if they decided to cut him before the deadline.

Revis had a bitter breakup with his agents last year and has no formal representation going forward.

Revis, who is from Aliquippa, was a star at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted No. 14 overall by the Jets in 2007. He quickly established himself as one of the top players at his position - and in franchise history - while also earning the nickname, "Revis Island" for his penchant for routinely shutting down opposing teams' top receivers. He is in his second stint with the Jets.


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