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Chandler Jones not just about sacks; his play vs. run draws notice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones is having the best season of his four-year career, and many will point to his 10.5 sacks (second in NFL) as evidence of that.

Jones' pass rush has been solid, but Bill Belichick recently said his work against the run shouldn't be overlooked.

Belichick highlighted that area in his weekly breakdown of key plays following a victory.

On a third-and-1 stop early in the fourth quarter, in which Bills running back Karlos Williams was stopped for a loss of a yard, Jones pressed tight end Matthew Mulligan to force the run out wide as safety Patrick Chung made a sound tackle.

Then on another tackle for a loss, one that set the Bills back four yards on first-and-10 later in the fourth quarter, Jones pushed tight end Charles Clay back to stop the play from going outside. That led running back LeSean McCoy to hesitate, with end Jabaal Sheard coming off the backside to make the tackle for a loss.

"Real nice job by Chandler knocking the line of scrimmage back," Belichick said.

A few other plays spotlighted by Belichick:

  • Danny Amendola's 21-yard punt return in the third quarter. That solid field position led to a drive that ended with a 6-yard touchdown run by James White.

  • Brandon King's forced fumble on Leodis McKelvin's punt return later in the third quarter, as the Bills double-covered Matthew Slater on the opposite side and King was able to win his 1-on-1 matchup.

  • A split sack by Rob Ninkovich and Domnique Easley early in the fourth quarter, which was a result of good coverage and awareness of the pass-rushers to take away the scramble lane.

  • A third-and-10 stop late in the fourth quarter, with cornerback Logan Ryan having solid coverage and the pass rush helping the cause.