Patriots DE Chandler Jones vs. Dolphins LT Jonathan Martin
The battle between Chandler Jones and Jonathan Martin could be one of the key battles in the AFC East for a long time.
Both Jones and Martin were lauded for their athleticism on the edge of the line coming out of college, but both men took to improving their overall strength this offseason. It won't be just a speed and quickness game between these two; we'll also see some leverage contests and perhaps some raw showings of strength.
The two did not face each other frequently in 2012 – Jones was out in Week 13 with an ankle injury, and played just 46 snaps in the season finale. Martin, however, was victimized in both meetings with the Patriots last season, allowing a combined 10 pressures and one sack.
It's not just about the passing game, though, and Jones will have to hold his own in run defense, as well. Jones did a great job of shedding blocks last year, but he may have to fight through some double-teams if the Dolphins try to wash him out of a running play. A one-on-one situation would seem to favor Jones, but if Martin can win this matchup, QB Ryan Tannehill could have all the time he needs to find his receivers down field for big plays and the running backs could have enough room to bounce runs to the outside.