A lot has happened to the Kansas City Chiefs’ defense since the end of the season. They released Justin Houston and Eric Berry, traded Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers, and signed defensive backs Tyrann Mathieu and Bashaud Breeland. One big piece that has remained intact is defensive tackle Chris Jones, still on his rookie contract as a second-round pick from the 2016 NFL Draft.
Jones is coming off a sensational breakout campaign where he put up 40 combined tackles, 35 solo tackles, 15.5 sacks (third behind Aaron Donald’s 20.5 and JJ Watt’s 16.0), 19 tackles for loss (fifth), 29 quarterback hits (tied for fifth most), five pass disruptions, two forced fumbles, one interception, and one touchdown.
Normally this would be rewarded with a Pro Bowl selection, but Jones was snubbed from being a starter. He later declined an invitation as an alternate, but even then, he should have been on the ballot in the first place.
In IDP leagues, Jones was also a monster, ranking ninth in IDP fantasy points out of all defensive players with 152. Jones finished behind Darius Leonard (212), Donald (199.35), JJ Watt (176.6), Luke Kuechly (163.8), Corey Littleton (160.8), Bobby Wagner (156.9), Jamal Adams (156.5), and T.J. Watt (155.2). In the DLF IDP Rankings, Jones is ranked eighth among all defensive linemen (behind Joey Bosa, Danielle Hunter, Donald, JJ Watt, Melvin Ingram, DeMarcus Lawrence and Cameron Jordan).
In addition, Jones’ age-24 season was a textbook year in pressure creating. DLF’s own Ryan Miller created a stat called “Disruption Score”, which combines sack percentage, QB hit percentage and tackle for loss percentage to quantify a pass rusher’s ability to impact the opposing team in comparison to how many tackles they produced.
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