Tony Jefferson posted 12 tackles (eight solo), two forced fumbles, and one pass defended in Sunday's domination of the Lions.
Jefferson was involved in two of the Lions' four first-half turnovers, the last of which resulted in the Cardinals' fourth touchdown of the second quarter. He was otherwise around the ball frequently, as Detroit's one-dimensional offense racked up 70 pass attempts, handing a number of tackle opportunities to the Cards' secondary. Still, he logged 72 of 95 defensive snaps (76 percent), which was a slight boost in his usage (64 percent) from the first four games of the season, meaning his output is likely dependent on the opponent on a weekly basis.
Jefferson wouldn't hold such a significant role as a backup safety in the typical defense, but the Cardinals trot out 5-6 defensive backs on most snaps, meaning his heavy usage (77 percent of the defensive snaps) isn't out of left field. He's responded with 14 tackles (13 solo) and one interception for a touchdown on the season.
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