Let’s hope this is just one small stepping stone in what could turn into an amazing year and an even better career for the rookie defensive lineman. After being selected as the 21st overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots, Chandler Jones has put on enough of a show to be selected as the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month.
The stats he put up in September you may ask? Seventeen total tackles (nine solo), three sacks and two forced fumbles including one that was returned for a touchdown in the opening game against the Tennessee Titans.
By having an impressive first month in the league, he’s making the Patriots decision to trade their 27th and 93rd pick to the Cincinnati Bengals worth while.
Similar to how Matt Ryan started his preseason campaign with the Atlanta Falcons, from the first game you knew he was going to be the starter. His speed on the pass rush has been huge considering that the team has had a lackluster pass rush this season. The Patriots are tied for 21st in the league in sacks this season with seven. Of course the preseason means nothing, but he immediately showed his talents against the Titans and the Arizona Cardinals.
If he keeps these stats up he’s projected to have 68 tackles and 12 sacks which would be phenomenal for a rookie defensive lineman. Unlike first round picks by the Patriots such as Brandon Meriweather and Laurence Maroney, this one looks like he’s in for a huge impact for the organization.