|No. 55 – Las Vegas Raiders|
|Born:||February 27, 1990|
Rochester, New York, U.S.
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||260 lb (118 kg)|
|High school:||Union-Endicott (Endicott, New York)|
|NFL Draft:||2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2022|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
Chandler James Jones (born February 27, 1990) is an American football defensive end for the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Syracuse, and was selected by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Arizona Cardinals.
Jones is the younger brother of former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and of former NFL player Arthur Jones.
Jones was born in Rochester, New York to parents Arthur Jr. and Camille Jones. Jones attended Union-Endicott High School, where he played high school football. He was a 2007 SuperPrep All-Northeast and PrepStar All-East Region selection. Jones was ranked as the eighth-best prospect of the state of New York by Scout.com.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||40‡||Commit date|
|Endicott, New York||Union-Endicott High School||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)||235 lb (107 kg)||4.95||Oct 29, 2007|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout:|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 50 Rivals: 48|
Jones attended and played college football at Syracuse from 2008-2011. After not playing as a freshman in 2008, he appeared in 12 games as a sophomore. He totaled 52 combined tackles and 1.5 sacks. As a junior in 2010, he recorded 57 total tackles, four sacks, four passes defensed, and three forced fumbles. As a senior in 2011, Jones played in only seven games due to injury, but still was an All-Big East selection after recording 39 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
On December 30, 2011, Jones announced that he would enter the 2012 NFL Draft.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand span||40-yard dash||20-yard shuttle||Three-cone drill||Vertical jump||Broad jump||Bench press|
|6 ft 5+3⁄8 in
|4.87 s||4.38 s||7.07 s||35 in
|10 ft 0 in
|All values from the NFL Combine|
Jones was considered one of the best defensive end prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft.
Jones was drafted by the New England Patriots in the first round with the 21st overall selection. He was the highest selected player from Syracuse since defensive end Dwight Freeney in 2002. On May 23, 2012, Jones signed a four-year contract with the Patriots.
As a rookie, Jones was immediately thrust into the starting right defensive end slot for the Patriots in 2012. In Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans, Jones strip-sacked quarterback Jake Locker, with fellow rookie teammate Dont'a Hightower recovering the ball and returning it for a touchdown. A week later Jones sacked Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb, forcing a fumble that was recovered by the Patriots.
In Week 6 against the Seattle Seahawks, Jones recorded two sacks on quarterback Russell Wilson and managed to provide some good pressure on the Seahawks offensive line, forcing one fumble in that game. Jones made his sixth career sack in Week 8 against the St. Louis Rams by dropping Sam Bradford to the turf in London, England. In 14 games (13 starts) of his rookie season in 2012, Jones produced 45 tackles, 6 sacks, 5 passes defended, and 3 forced fumbles.
In a game against the Baltimore Ravens, quarterback Tyrod Taylor fumbled the snap and Jones recovered it in the end zone for the first touchdown of his career. Jones started all 16 games in 2013 recording 42 tackles with 11.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown.
For the season, Jones recorded 43 tackles and 6 sacks in 10 games. In Week 2, Jones recorded 2 sacks; he also blocked a field goal and returned it for a touchdown. On February 1, 2015, he won his first Super Bowl ring when the Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX. In the waning seconds of the game, Jones and then-teammate Jonathan Casillas provided the New England coaching team with the ceremonial Gatorade shower.
On April 30, 2015, the Patriots picked up the option on Jones' contract. Through the first eight games, Jones racked up 9.5 sacks, including two in an October 29 win over the Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football to help the Patriots move to 7-0. Jones would finish the regular season with a team-leading 12.5 sacks, a new career high, as well as his first career interception. He was ranked 48th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.
Six days before the Patriots took on the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Playoffs, Jones was hospitalized after showing up at the Foxborough Public Safety Building in a disoriented but cooperative state. Later reports indicated that he had experienced a bad reaction to synthetic marijuana, a legal drug under Massachusetts law. Jones would still play in the following Divisional Playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs and the AFC Championship game against the Denver Broncos.
On March 15, 2016, Jones was traded to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for Jonathan Cooper and a second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
In 2016, Jones started all 16 games for the Cardinals, recording 49 tackles, 11 sacks, three passes defensed and four forced fumbles. He was also ranked 85th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.
On February 27, 2017, the Cardinals placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Jones. On March 10, 2017, he signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract extension with the Cardinals. On December 19, 2017, he was named to his second Pro Bowl. Jones finished the season leading the league with 17.0 sacks, which set a new Cardinals' franchise record. He was ranked 28th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018.
In 2018, Jones was moved to defensive end as new Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks implemented a 4–3 defense. In Week 5, Jones recorded a sack, pass breakup, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and recovery in a 28–18 win over the San Francisco 49ers, earning him NFC Defensive Player of the Week. He finished the season with 49 tackles, 13 sacks, four passes defensed, and three forced fumbles. His 13 sacks led the team and were tied for seventh in the league.
During Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers, Jones sacked Kyle Allen twice in the 38-20 loss. During a Week 7 27–21 road victory over the New York Giants, he sacked rookie Daniel Jones four times, one of which resulted in a forced fumble which he recovered. Jones was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance. During Week 16 against the Seattle Seahawks, Jones sacked Russell Wilson four times and forced a fumble on David Moore which was recovered by teammate Jordan Hicks during the 27–13 road victory.
Jones finished the season with 53 tackles and set career-highs in sacks with 19, forced fumbles with eight, fumble recoveries with three, pass deflections with five. He was also the runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year.
In Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers, Jones recorded his first and only sack of the season on Jimmy Garoppolo during the 24–20 win. In Week 5, he suffered a torn bicep and was placed on injured reserve on October 15, 2020.
In Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans, Jones finished with five sacks as the Cardinals won 38–13. His performance tied the franchise single game sack record, and he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week. In Week 11, Jones had four tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble in a 23-13 win over the Seahawks, earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week. He finished the season second on the team with 10.5 sacks, 41 tackles, four passes defensed, and a team-leading six forced fumbles.
On March 17, 2022, Jones signed a three-year, $51 million contract with the Las Vegas Raiders.
Against the New England Patriots in Week 15, Jones made a notable play at the end of regulation. As the Patriots were attempting a lateral play to try to win the game with the score tied at 24, Jones intercepted a lateral from Jakobi Meyers intended for Mac Jones before stiff-arming the New England quarterback and running the ball in for the game-winning touchdown.
|Won the Super Bowl|
|Led the league|
Jones is the youngest of his brothers. His oldest brother, Arthur, is a former defensive end in the NFL, while his other brother Jon is an American mixed martial artist and former light heavyweight champion of the world currently competing for the UFC. Jones graduated from Syracuse in 2012.