After the New England Patriots lost Vince Wilfork to an Achilles tear for the season, fans were wondering who would step up in his absence. Chris Jones came to the Patriots as an unknown rookie who was originally drafted by the Houston Texans in the 6th round. After being cut by the Texans in August, Jones was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but only lasted there for nine days before getting cut again. He was immediately claimed by New England the next day and recorded his first sack against the Cincinnati Bengals on October 6th.
Some fans were very harsh on Jones after last weekend’s loss to the New York Jets since the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that all but handed the Jets the victory was called on him. Jones did the noble thing, though, and owned up to the mistake instead of shying away from it or making excuses. He was dominant in that game as well, recording 10 tackles, three of them for a loss, and 2 sacks. After this week’s performance against the Miami Dolphins in which Jones recorded 7 tackles and a sack, he now is second on the team with 4.5 sacks after only playing 5 games. He’s actually 3rd among all DTs in the league and he leads all rookies…again only after 5 games. The Patriots excel at finding rejected players and bringing out the best in them, Chris Jones is the most recent product.