Chandler Jones Key For New England Patriots in Week 9

Chandler Jones

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When looking at the New England Patriots Week 9 opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers, one cannot help but see several weaknesses for the 2-5 Steelers. One of the most glaring weaknesses is at left tackle, which is something that Chandler Jones must be licking his chops over.

Kelvin Beachum is currently manning the position for the Steelers. Let’s call him the third option there. First, it was Mike Adams, who was eventually benched because of his poor pass protection from that spot. Then it was supposed to be Levi Brown, a guy that Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert traded for a couple of weeks ago. Before Brown could ever suit for the Steelers, however, he was placed on injured reserve with torn triceps.

So now it’s on to Round 3. Beachum is in his second season. Last year, he was a seventh-round pick out of Southern Methodist University. The reason that Beachum wasn’t really coveted is because he is only 6-foot-2, 302 pounds. That means that Beachum doesn’t really possess the height or length to be an offensive tackle, nor does he possess the weight to be an offensive guard. Size-wise, Beachum’s best fit should be at center.

However, he has only played center in a pinch. Beachum has mostly been used as an offensive guard in his time in Pittsburgh. But now, due to the injuries and ineffectiveness of other Steelers left tackles, Beachum is the guy.

This is where Jones needs to step in and take advantage. He is one of the better young pass rushers in the NFL, and must show it against a guy who is not meant to play left tackle in this league.


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