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FOXBOROUGH — Tyrod Taylor can be magician-like while running the Bills' offense. One second he's standing in the pocket, the next, the slippery quarterback is 15 yards downfield.

But according to Chandler Jones, there are no big secrets to keeping Taylor contained.

"You have to be smart,'' said Jones, who collected three sacks of Taylor in New England's 40-32 win in Week 2. "You can't [allow] rush lanes. Tyrod Taylor is a player that will capitalize if you get out of your spots, so everyone just has to be in their spot and we'll be fine.''

Jones said what makes Taylor so dangerous is that he's adept at throwing and running. He's also making smarter decisions. Since his three interceptions against the Patriots, Taylor has thrown just one.

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"Watching Tyrod on film, he's always been an elite quarterback, whether it's running the ball or throwing the ball,'' Jones said of the man nicknamed "T-Mobile." "When you get a guy like that it's very dangerous. You've just got to hope to contain him.''

Jones, the NFL leader with 10½ sacks, was asked if this is the most comfortable he's felt in his career, leading to the high number of sacks.

"Comfortable isn't the word I want to use, even though I'm familiar with a lot of looks,'' he said. "I wouldn't be able to get the sacks without the other 10 guys on the field, all the guys are great. We feed off each other and it's fun.''

Jones, who popped up on the practice report as limited with an abdomen ailment this past week, didn't reveal much about what was hampering him, but sure sounded like a man who would be a go against the Bills. He is listed as probable.

"All I can do is come out and get better," Jones said. "I was limited in practice. I went out and practiced and I'm just trying to come out each and every day and get better."

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The four-year veteran said he's been paying more attention to taking care of his body, and the results have been paying off.

"Like a day after a game, like Tuesday, you have to recover," he said. "You have to get in the tubs, you have to get the massages, the deep tissue. All that stuff matters. And if you don't stay on top of that stuff, it adds up. That's what I try to do. You have one day out of the week just to be a beast. Why not pick that one day just to go out there and ball out and then just recover and rest your body for the week, until the next week?''

Bills coach Rex Ryan has noticed Jones's big season, but he's still having trouble remembering the names of some Patriots.

"That kid from Syracuse is killing it,'' Ryan said.

Collins out

The Patriots held a rare Saturday practice on the fields adjacent to Gillette Stadium and once again linebacker Jamie Collins was missing. He has been ruled out for the Bills.

It was the 14th straight day of inactivity for Collins, who has an illness but still leads the Patriots with 51 tackles.

Jones has confidence in those behind Collins on the depth chart.

"Jamie is a great friend of mine and a great leader. Mostly, he's a tremendous football player, I think we all know that,'' Jones said Friday. "It's tough not having him on the field right now, but the biggest thing is stepping up and we preach it all the time about the next guy stepping up and that's exactly what we do.''

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It's a sentiment shared by everyone in the locker room.

"We've got to play with the guys we have,'' said safety Patrick Chung. "Things happen all throughout the season and you have to play with the guys you have and do the best you can do with the guys that are playing, so we'll be all right.''

Injury report

Receiver Julian Edelman (foot surgery) and cornerback Justin Coleman (hand) also were ruled out for Monday. Defensive end Jabaal Sheard (ankle) was upgraded from a limited to full participant. He is probable for Monday. Limited participants listed as questionable included offensive linemen Sebastian Vollmer (concussion), Tre' Jackson (knee), and Marcus Cannon (toe), and receiver Keshawn Martin (hamstring) . . . Defensive tackle Alan Branch (elbow) and guard Shaq Mason (knee) were limited but are probable . . . The massive "Monday Night Football" trucks have taken their place under the Gillette Stadium stands, and play-by-play man Mike Tirico was spotted at practice . . . Asked if it gets old playing in a showcase game, Dont'a Hightower said, "As long as I can go out there and play my ball and play well, that's all I'm worried about.''


Jim McBride can be reached at james.mcbride@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globejimmcbride.

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