Only Jefferson and dollar linebacker Deone Bucannon have logged every defensive snap for the
Jefferson forced a fumble and registered nine tackles Sunday against the Bills.
Jefferson now has 30 tackles on the year while collecting at least nine in each contest. After posting just 78 tackles in each of the last two seasons, he looks like he could be ready to take a step forward in his fourth season. However, he'll need to improve on more than numbers in the tackle category, as he has just four sacks and four forced fumbles since the beginning of the 2014 season.
Previously lacking in an absolute IDP monster under head coach Bruce Arians reign, the
For the second game in a row, Jefferson has attained double-digit tackles and currently ranks third among defensive backs behind Kemal Ishmael and Reshad Jones with 21 total. In a
Tony Jefferson signed his restricted free-agent tender from the Arizona Cardinals on Monday, the team's official site reports.
Offered the "low" tender at the outset of free agency, Jefferson could have been scooped up without the Cardinals receiving draft-pick compensation, but no organization decided to take the leap on the three-year pro. The development comes as a surprise after he ranked fourth on the team with 78 tackles, to which he added three forced fumbles, two interceptions (one for a touchdown), and two sacks. Although Arizona brought safety Tyvon Branch into the fold this offseason, Jefferson will likely take on a substantial role in the upcoming campaign due to Tyrann Mathieu's recovery from the second torn ACL of his career.
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