Jones sacks and strips Locker (Photo courtesy of CBS Boston)
Vince Wilfork, the veteran driving force on the Patriots defensive line, and Chandler Jones, the quick-footed first-round pick with high expectations, are going to wreak havoc on the Cardinals' offensive line.
Entering his ninth season with the Patriots, Wilfork, the 6'2'', 325-pound nose tackle, has already marked his place in the mind of opposing quarterbacks. Just ask Titans QB Jake Locker, who gingerly got up from a play in Sunday's game in which Wilfork fell on top of him following an incomplete pass.
Wilfork is also a classic run-stopper, filling the hole as it develops.
Jones quickly proved why he was the first-overall pick for the Patriots in the NFL draft. He collected five tackles and a forced fumble on his sack of Locker, which led to fellow rookie linebacker Dont'a Hightower returning the ball for a touchdown.
At 6'5'', 280 pounds, Jones is big. He comes off the end position with an amazing burst of speed.
Wilfork and Jones will be licking their chops when they see the Pro Football Focus review of the Cardinals' O-Line in Week 1:
The offensive line is the foundation of any offense, and against Seattle the Cardinals’ offensive line gave their skill position players almost no chance to succeed. In one-on-one situations, every single player, except perhaps for Daryn Colledge, appeared to be outmatched and they struggled even to make double team and combo blocks work correctly...It is only Week 1, but it is difficult at this point to see how this offensive line can move forward without getting some unexpected performances from backups or some fortuitous pickups on the waiver wire.
Have at it, boys.