Chandler Jones productive at defensive end as a rookie is broadening his second-season horizons. The 23-year old worked his tail off this spring conditioning with his brother and MMA fighter Jon "Bones" Jones.

"This offseason' [was] great. I was doing a lot of 'no hands' technique a little boxing with my brothers and it's definitely helping. It definitely helps especially down in the trenches."

It paid off.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said this week that the 6-5 265-pound Jones first arrived in New England with decent natural strength but the offseason program added something more to his game. Consequently Jones has earned his coach's confidence to be moved inside for several plays this year.

"Guys like him that have real long arms are never going to win the bench press competition but they play with good leverage and their strength is their length" Belichick explained. "That’s different than strength being just weight room strength he has great leverage strength. He uses that to his advantage and that helps him even though he gets out-weighed. His length helps him play against some of those bigger guys whether they’re guards or tackles."

Jones remains on the edge for most of his snaps. Still he makes the most of those he sees on the interior. Jones gave the Jets fits last week whenever he played inside. Quarterback Geno Smith was sacked twice and bothered further when Jones flushed him out of the pocket on a play that ended with a Patriots interception.