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Patriots Defensive Lineman Chandler Jones Media Availability Transcript - 8/15/2015

Q: How did you feel about the game yesterday?

CJ: We left some plays out there. We've definitely got to get better, but it was good to get out there as a team and get our feet wet.

Q: I can't imagine the first play could've gone any better for you.

CJ: Yeah, it was great. It was a good play.

Q: How did you get the left tackle there?

CJ: It was basically a reactionary move. I kind of took what he gave me. He kind of over-stepped me, so I came under for the play.

Q: Are the joint practices a little bit better than the day-to-day grind of training camp?

CJ: It's always fun to go out and compete against different guys. Like I said, we do go against each other every single day, so it will be fun to go out and smack pads a little bit with the Saints, for sure. 

Q: We saw two guys get sent out of practice today for fighting. What is the message you take from that as a player?

CJ: Actually, I did not see that, but to comment on that, practice is always going to be competitive. You might see a time where you get an extra push in or something. That's just how the sport goes, so you've kind of got to nullify that by just playing. That's just how practice goes. It's very competitive. 

Q: Devin McCourty said that the message from Bill Belichick in a situation like that is you've got to keep your wits because you can't cost the team 15 yards in a game. Is that the message there?

CJ: Awareness, yeah, being very aware of the game situation and knowing you can't have a mistake like that. Besides that, it's very competitive. I like it, personally. I do. 

Q: Have you ever been in a situation like that?

CJ: No, no one has ever tried to fight me at practice, no one. I've been playing football since third grade and I've never gotten into a fight at practice, never. 

Q: Are people afraid of your brother?

CJ: I don't know. That could be it. I might know a few moves here and there. Actually, I do know some moves, so maybe that's why. That's why.

Q: What did you think of the weather today?

CJ: It's hot. It was very hot. I came out here in pants today. It was a hot one today.

Q: Was it a good move to wear pants?

CJ: It was good. I got a good sweat. I'm still sweating now, and hopefully I can drop a few pounds. 

Q: Do you think that's good going to West Virginia where it's a little bit hotter?

CJ: It'll be good. It'll prep us well.

Q: Do you feel like you're in pretty good condition?

CJ: Yeah, very good. I'm just trying to keep it, that's all. 

Q: What did you see on the fourth down stop in the game that allowed you to create an edge?

CJ: That was also a reactionary rush. He under-stepped me, so I beat him on the edge.

Q: What about the third down play where you rushed up the field and Aaron Rodgers sort of scrambled out? From your perspective, would you have done anything differently?

CJ: No, there's nothing I would've done differently. Aaron Rodgers, you can't take that away from him. He has a lot of pocket awareness. He saw me get upfield, so he took a [peak] at me and stepped up and made a good throw. 

Q: Is it exciting going into the season knowing that you were able to get some pressure on last year's MVP?

CJ: Every year, I get excited. We get new players. We get to jell with new players. You put new things in, so it's always exciting. We have some very exciting players in the front seven and in the back. We have Jabaal Sheard, Malcom Brown, all of those guys. They do a good job of getting to the quarterback, and hopefully they can continue to progress.

Q: Dont'a Hightower had the red jersey off for the first day today. What does it mean for him to have an increased role?

CJ: Dont'a Hightower is a leader. He's one of our leaders on the team. He's great to have on the field, and like I said, he's getting better every day.

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