Raiders’ Chandler Jones ready to help team, teammates improve
Chandler Jones was always Maxx Crosby’s role model when he was in college. Crosby used to watch a movie of Jones to try and learn what made him so good at regularly reaching quarterback.
Now Crosby can just lean over to Jones’ locker and ask him about his techniques.
Signing Jones in free agency to partner Crosby gives the Raiders one of the most dynamic and productive passing duos in the league.
“Seeing him in the cinema is one thing. Then when you see him on the court,” Crosby said, the admiration evident in his voice.
And that’s not all. Crosby also now has the option to speak to Jones and ask him to “explain what he’s thinking when he moves out.”
In Crosby’s eyes, Jones is “so long and lithe.” He’s just a different, one-of-a-kind rusher and talent. … That’s what makes it great.
Jones has certainly earned that accolade over a 10-year career that has seen him win a Super Bowl, record more than 100 sacks, appear in four Pro Bowls and earn two First-Team All-Pro nods.
The 32-year-old, a Syracuse alum raised in upstate New York, still has little to prove in what remains of his NFL career.
He’s much more interested in making an impact on his new team.
“I came here to make this team better,” he said. “I’m not here to talk about my individual goals. … I want Chandler Jones in the Las Vegas Raiders to make the Raiders better. And I think I couldn’t ask myself to do anything else.
Defensive line coach Frank Okam thinks Jones is already doing it before he’s played a regular season game.
“He’s a real professional,” Okam said. “You see how he runs for the ball. He leads by example with his efforts. And I think that’s what speaks to his longevity in his career and why he’s been so successful for so long.
This kind of sporting success runs in the family.
Jones is the youngest of three boys who have all found success in the sports world. His older brother Arthur was a defensive tackle on the Ravens’ 2013 Super Bowl championship team.
Middle child Jon is a former UFC light heavyweight champion who is widely regarded as the best fighter in the history of the organization.
However, their triumphs followed tragedy, as their older sister, Carmen, died of a brain tumor as a teenager. Jones family matriarch Camille died in 2017 at the age of 55.
But Jones doesn’t talk much publicly about his past. He is also not very interested in discussing the future.
He is focused on what he can do today to help his team win games on Sunday.
“I try not to talk too much about myself, but I hope Raider Nation sees a hard worker, someone who loves their job and someone who obviously helps the team win,” he said. declared.
He said he wanted to be “someone who makes plays, gets turnovers… just being consistent, not doing anything different or doing something new, but doing what I’ve always done.”
For his teammates, his work ethic speaks volumes. A player with his daily punching resume sets a standard for those who can only hope to one day brag about his accomplishments.
“This guy has 100 sacks, so you take everything you can get from him,” defensive end Tashawn Bower said. “(Words) are things that can go in one ear and out the other, but the effort and all that will net you a bag or two, that’s for sure.”
Jones is proud that his example resonated.
“I always try to make them understand that none of this comes without hard work,” he said. “Work always comes first. I’m not a big “hoorah” guy. I don’t have a lot of talk for the guys, but I lead by example.
In the 11th year of his career, Jones says he’s always trying to show his teammates that “hey, you gotta run for the ball. You gotta run off the pitch. You gotta get those extra lifts. You gotta make some additional studies.
His example also shows, he says, that “obviously, hard work pays off.”