Tempering Expectations For Chandler Jones’ NFL Debut

September 9, 2012 12:00 AM
Tempering Expectations For Chandler Jones’ NFL Debut
" BOSTON (CBS) — We can all agree that the NFL’s preseason is as meaningless as a political debate between Snooki and The Situation. Still, it was hard for all of us to not get a little excited about Chandler Jones’ first night in a Patriots uniform.

The rookie defensive end impressed in his debut, and he made the most headlines the following day for his performance. Statistically, Jones didn’t have much to show for his effort, but those who watched the game saw him pressure Drew Brees, dominate Pro Bowl tackle Jermon Bushrod and look like a solid pro in his first taste of NFL action.

Admittedly, though, the performance garnered a bit of an overreaction. Some people quickly began to compare the 22-year-old to some all-time greats. Is he Jevon Kearse? Jason Taylor? Is he a Jason Pierre-Paul clone? Either way, many people said the Patriots definitely won’t need Andre Carter anymore, not with the rook holding things down on the defensive line.

Of course, that was all a little over-the-top, and his performances throughout the rest of the preseason went largely unnoticed "

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