7. Chandler Jones
Patriots defensive end
Despite seeing a constant stream of his star defensive teammates heading to the sideline and injured reserve due to injuries, the second-year man is tied for fifth in the NFL in sacks (11.5) while also being responsible for 5.5 tackles of runners behind the line of scrimmage.
In the entire NFL, only St. Louis’ Robert Quinn (27), Indianapolis’ Robert Mathis (22), Houston’s J.J. Watt (20), Tampa Bay’s Lavonte David (19.5), and Buffalo’s Kyle Williams (17.5) have dropped more opponents for losses. Jones’ 11.5 sacks are the second-most for a Patriot in the Belichick era (Mike Vrabel, 12.5 in 2007) and fifth most for the franchise since sacks became an official statistic in 1982 (Andre Tippett, 18.5 in 1984, 16.5 in 1985, 12.5 in 1987)