Chandler Jones

Chandler Jones sneaks up on ex-Patriots teammate Jimmy Garoppolo in funny video

Chandler Jones sneaks up on ex-Patriots teammate Jimmy Garoppolo in funny video

If Chandler Jones sacks Jimmy Garoppolo during their Week 9 matchup, it wouldn't be the first time he's snuck up on his former Patriots teammate.

Jones posted a funny video of himself sneaking behind Garoppolo at a grocery store pretending to be a fan asking for a picture, with the caption, "I got a history of sneakin’ up on @49ers QBs."

Check it out below:

Jones and Garoppolo were teammates in New England for two years before Jones was traded to Arizona in 2016. Garoppolo was traded from the Patriots to the 49ers the following season.

The Cardinals (3-4-1) and 49ers (7-0) will face off Sunday night at University of Phoenix Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8:20 p.m. ET.

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Chandler Jones motivated by trade from Patriots: 'I never want to be traded again'

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Chandler Jones motivated by trade from Patriots: 'I never want to be traded again'

Chandler Jones has settled in as a member of the Cardinals, but he isn't getting too comfortable.

The former Patriot knows the nature of the business in the NFL and that he can be traded any given moment. Jones found that out the hard way when he was traded from New England to Arizona back in 2016, and he still uses that trade as motivation three years later.

“I feel like at any time I can be traded,” Jones said, via Kyle Odegard of azcardinals.com. “It might sound bizarre to say, but I’m someone who has been in that situation. I’ve been traded before and that little sense of rejection is a crappy feeling, honestly. That’s what drives me. That’s what motivates me. I never want to get traded again.”

Jones shifted from defensive end to linebacker after joining the Cardinals, and he continues to produce at a high level. The 29-year-old has racked up double-digit sacks in each of his three seasons with Arizona (11 in 2016, 17 in 2017, 13 in 2018).

But it appears Jones may have learned a valuable lesson from his time under Pats head coach Bill Belichick: it isn't all about stats.

“It’s not about getting double-digit sacks,” Jones told Odegard. “The big thing is just being consistent. Speaking from a coach’s perspective, you want a player that’s consistent. You want a player that you know what you’re going to get day in and day out, on and off the field. A lot of that gives credit to some of my numbers, and hopefully I can stay consistent.”

Jones signed a five-year, $82.5 million extension in 2017, so using his trade from the Patriots as fuel certainly seems to have paid off.

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Bill Belichick's Top 20 shrewdest draft trades

Bill Belichick's Top 20 shrewdest draft trades

No team has more than draft picks in this month's draft than the Patriots, who own 12 selections, including six in the first 101 picks.

But don't expect Bill Belichick to come out of the draft with a dozen new players. Since Belichick took over in Foxboro, no team has trafed more picks during the draft than the Pats.

How many? Try a whopping 71 deals, including eight last year, tying the high-water mark they set way back in 2003. Sometimes the Patriots package picks and move up; sometimes they trade down and add capital in future drafts.

But over the years, all of those swaps have yielded a host of Pro Bowlers and cogs of future Super Bowl championship teams.

Tom E. Curran has looked back at all the trades and ranks Belichick's 20 shrewdest draft deals.

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