Then it was Chandler’s turn. The tallest of the three, possessing long arms and great speed, he learned from Arthur’s misfortune and left after his junior season, despite a knee injury that limited him to seven games.
His potential was so great that Bill Belichick moved up in the first round to get him — the first time in nine years the Patriots coach had made such a move.
Jones has not disappointed, with two starts and two forced fumbles in his first two NFL games.
“It’s really good to see Chandler holding his own,” Jon said. “A lot of times as a rookie there’s a feeling-out process, but he jumped in full speed ahead and is playing at a high level.
“I’m really happy to see that not only is he in the NFL, he’s on a great team and he’s a contributor.”
Their success has also enabled the brothers to help their mother. Chandler is paying Camille’s medical expenses, and they have also made sure that there are maids to help at home.
With the bravado all fighters have, Jon expresses confidence that he’ll do just fine in his fight Saturday, and Chandler knows his brother will be victorious.
But the fact remains that by the end of Sunday night, at least one of the Jones brothers will have suffered defeat and will be grousing about what didn’t go right.
The Ravens could win. The Patriots could win.
“It’s football,” Chandler said. “You win some, you lose some.
“I’m going to go out there with a game plan and try to execute that game plan to try to win, and hopefully it’s me.”