chords/scales are only one way to approach jazz. Plenty of great cats did it by ear without any regard for the western classical underpinnings of jazz theory. Me, personally, I never practice jazz licks and never have. I can play a couple of the famous diminished ones, just because they are fun, but otherwise, any solo I play is made up completely on the spot with perhaps some patterns that I gravitate to just because they are familiar. We all have nouns and verbs to some degree. The question is did you get them from Rollins, Coltrane, Parker, Cannonball, or yourself?
When I practice, I work almost exclusively on dexterity and pure saxophone technique like multiphonics, altissimo, circular breathing, digital patterns, articulation, etc. I also like to practice swing chromaticism like in Steve Neff's books.
Jazz can easily become very clinical if you're not careful. For me, I've always had the opposite problem... and that has gotten me in trouble with the Jazz Police on many occasions. Ah well.