Pre-Camp Reads: Dee Ford Trending Upward

Taking a closer look at fourth-year linebacker

This past May, the Kansas City Chiefs exercised the fifth-year option on linebacker Dee Ford's contract.

Ford, the Chiefs' first-round pick in the 2014 (No. 23 overall), was the team's sack leader in 2016 with 10.

He spoke to the media at OTAs about his desire to continue to develop his play. 

"I'm still trying to master what I do," Ford said. "I'm focused on getting better and focused on my craft."

2016 Review:

The fourth-year outside linebacker is coming off a breakout season in which he led the team with 10 sacks, helping make up for the absence of Justin Houston, who missed time coming back from offseason knee surgery.

Although Ford is coming off an incredible season, he admits his performance wasn't consistent.

"There were high points and there were low points. The ultimate point was that I wasn't healthy," Ford said. "That's the ultimate goal heading into this year -- to be more consistent." 

"You're going to tweak and get better at things as you go, but the ultimate goal is to be healthy so you can execute those things," Ford added.

2017 Outlook:

For three consecutive seasons now, Ford has more than doubled his sack totals from the previous year.

In his rookie season in 2014, Ford finished with 1.5 sacks, and then a year later in 2015, he had 4.0 sacks, and then last year Ford showed no mercy, finishing with a team-leading 10.0 sacks.

Dee Ford blew up in 2016. Will his upward trend continue? pic.twitter.com/V1s0VQyGaC — Pro Football Focus (@PFF) July 12, 2017

Here's to hoping that trend continues for Ford.

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