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Chandler Jones Is Not Fading

There was a perception among Patriots fans – right or wrong – that Chandler Jones’ production tended to fade at the tail-end of seasons when he was with New England. While his past can be debated, there has certainly been no late-season fade for Jones with the Cardinals.

There was a perception among Patriots fans – right or wrong – that Chandler Jones' production tended to fade at the tail-end of seasons when he was with New England.

It's true Jones did experience a lull in his sack numbers down the stretch, but that's not always the most accurate way to measure a pass-rusher's effectiveness. While his past can be debated, there has certainly been no late-season fade for Jones with the Cardinals.

He had three sacks in the final two games of 2016 to finish with 11 on the season, and this year, he has registered five sacks in his past four games, looking as spry as the first day of training camp.

Jones leads the NFL with 15 sacks on the season and could become the first Cardinals player to finish atop the NFL leaderboard in that category. If Jones gets two sacks in the final two games, he will also set a new franchise-record.

Jones didn't put credence to the idea that he struggled late in his seasons with New England, but said he does want to be known as a year-long menace.

"Being consistent is huge," Jones said. "You don't want to be a guy that's labeled as, 'He's a half-a-season-guy, or every once in a while he'll have a big play, or early in the season or end of the season.' If you can do it all 16 games-plus, including the playoffs, that shows the characteristics of an elite player."

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