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Pass-Rush Moves Subject To Name Game For Chandler Jones

Notes: Humphries talks about his time with Arians; J. Murray, Brock miss practice

Linebacker Chandler Jones sacks 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in a game last week.
Linebacker Chandler Jones sacks 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in a game last week.

Chandler Jones is constantly working on his pass rush moves, and now – after Kliff Kingsbury revealed it earlier in the week – he's also naming them.

Kingsbury said he didn't know why the outside linebacker called the move he used to notch a sack against the Giants recently after the social media app "Snapchat" and "I don't want to know."

But there was specific reason the move has that name, Jones said, and the name game is all part of his greater pass-rush plan.

"The thing about Snapchat, you see the picture, it goes away," the outside linebacker said Thursday. "So (on the move), you show the illusion, and you take it away."

Jones, not surprisingly, wasn't about to get detailed on his various moves and their names. But he said he likes to give them names to have a quick way to refer to them in the heat of the game. In total, Jones – who has 9½ sacks this season – said he has seven named moves, although he has some "I am brewing up" in practice.

"As far as pulling out of my toolbag right now and shoot 'em out, on third-and-gotta-have-it, I have seven right now," Jones said.

Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph said he's aware that Jones is naming his moves, but said his only concern is that Jones make plays within the scheme Joseph draws up.

"He can name them as long as they work," Joseph said.

Recently, Jones said he was working on the "Snapchat" in practice when linebackers coach Bill Davis noted that he had never seen Jones use the move previously.

"Everyone was laughing and I said, 'Yeah, that's called the Snapchat,' " Jones said. "Guess it got to Kliff. I didn't even know he knew."

Kingsbury didn't get a lot of details. He said he didn't know why Jones called his move the "Snapchat" and "I don't want to know."

"He's a character," Kingsbury said. "He makes it fun to be around him."


Tackle D.J. Humphries, who struggled when he was drafted in 2015 and often felt the wrath of then-coach Bruce Arians and his staff, made it clear Thursday that he was not happy with Arians with how he was treated.

"It wouldn't have been as tough if I had been learned something during the process," Humphries said. "If I was learning, while being treated that way, there's a difference. You pay your dues. But it's different when you're just being yelled at and not learning anything, you know? That's not very helpful."

Humphries said the “Knee Deep” nickname Arians once revealed publicly was "unnecessary."

"It just made me mad," Humphries said. "It wasn't like it was a nudge in the right direction. … It just made me want to punch you in the face instead of taking coaching from you."

On his conference call Wednesday, Arians said Humphries was "very deserving" of the criticism he received as a rookie.

"He was very immature when he got there," Arians said. "I'm really proud of the player he has become."

Humphries said it was "clear" he was mishandled as a rookie, although he emphasized he understood he needed coaching.

"Don't get it twisted now -- I wasn't a great rookie," Humphries said. "Let's not be confused, that was I was done wrong. I don't want that to be the perception. I wasn't done wrong. Everything I got I deserved, but I never called anyone out on their name."


Starting right tackle Justin Murray (knee) and slot cornerback Tramaine Brock (hamstring) didn't practice for a second straight day Thursday. If Murray can't go for a second straight game, Justin Pugh will remain at right tackle and Mason Cole at left guard. If Brock can't go, the likely fill-in would be Kevin Peterson, who played some slot earlier in the season before Patrick Peterson's return. Safety Budda Baker has also played there in the past.

Also sitting out were defensive lineman Zach Allen (neck) and running back Chase Edmonds (hamstring).

For the Buccaneers, linebackers Carl Nassib (groin), Anthony Nelson (hamstring) and cornerback Carlton Davis (hip) did not practice. Tackle Demar Dotson (hamstring) and guard Ali Marpet (ankle) were limited.

Images from practice at the Dignity Health Arizona Cardinals Training Center