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Chiefs by the Numbers: Defensive End Chris Jones’ Strong Sophomore Season

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It’s not easy filling up the box score when playing along the defensive line in the National Football League, which is why what defensive end Chris Jones managed to do last season was so special.

In this edition of Chiefs by the Numbers, we’ll take a closer look at just how impressive the former second-round pick was in his sophomore season.

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Jones brought down the opposing quarterback 6.5 times in 2017, a 4.5-sack improvement from his rookie season and the second-most on the team behind only linebacker Justin Houston.

It also ranked as the fifth-most among second-year players across the league, and while keeping in mind that every defense uses its players differently, the 310-pound Jones weighs more than each of the players ahead of him on the list. His athletic versatility it truly unique.

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Player Team Sacks Weight
Joey Bosa Los Angeles Chargers 12.5 280 lbs.
Yannick Ngakoue Jacksonville Jaguars 12.0 246 lbs.
Dante Fowler Jacksonville Jaguars 8.0 255 lbs.
Matt Judon Baltimore Ravens 8.0 263 lbs.
Chris Jones Kansas City Chiefs 6.5 310 lbs.
Anthony Zettel Detroit Lions 6.5 270 lbs.
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In addition to getting after the passer, Jones managed to take the ball away on a handful of occasions with four forced fumbles. The 23-year-old Jones was one of just eight players in the NFL last season to tally at least 6.5 sacks while jarring the ball away from the opposition four or more times.

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Player Team Sacks Forced Fumbles
Yannick Ngakoue Jacksonville Jaguars 12.0 6
Aaron Donald Los Angeles Rams 11.0 5
Joey Bosa Los Angeles Chargers 12.5 4
Bruce Irvin Oakland Raiders 8.0 4
Malik Jackson Jacksonville Jaguars 8.0 4
Chris Jones Kansas City Chiefs 6.5 4
Terrell Suggs Baltimore Ravens 11.0 4
DeMarcus Lawrence Dallas Cowboys 14.5 4
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While the traditional stats tell part of the story, it’s the advanced analytics that really demonstrate just how valuable Jones was last season. In fact, according to Pro Football Focus’ grading scale, Jones was the fourth-best 3-4 defensive end in all of football in 2017.

Jones’ 32.9 grade was an aggregate of positive marks in both pass-rushing and stopping the run, and it’s worth noting that at 23 years old, he’s by far the youngest player included in the top five.

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Jones also stands out amongst his peers when focusing solely on his ability to disrupt the opposing quarterback’s timing. He tallied 38 total pressures on the year, adding up to a 7.5 “Pass-Rushing Productivity” score as assigned by PFF. That ranked eighth among all 3-4 defensive ends last season, and once again, Jones was younger than each of the seven players ahead of him.

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