Jones recorded three tackles (two solo), including a sack, and a forced fumble in Sunday's 24-6 loss to Washington. Jones was dominant in 2017, recording 17.0 sacks on the year. He's recorded 11.0 sacks or more each of the last three years and appears likely to resume his run of success. His ability to pressure the passer will be vital to Arizona's chances in Week 2 against the Rams.
Jones is expected to serve more as a defensive end under new head coach Steve Wilks, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. In his last stop with the Panthers, Wilks operated a 4-3 defense, from which he aims to deploy Jones and fellow pass rusher Markus Golden (knee) as defensive ends. Jones has experience at the position, racking up 36 sacks in four seasons with the Patriots. Since he was dealt to the Cardinals in 2016, he's wreaked havoc as a strong-side linebacker, notably leading the entire NFL with 17 sacks last season. As he and his teammates reported for the offseason program Tuesday, Jones relayed that he currently weighs 265 pounds but is willing to bulk up further if Wilks wants him to do so, per Kyle Odegard of the team's official site. It remains to be seen if additional pounds will hinder Jones' chances of retaining the sack title this year.
Jones compiled an NFL-high 17 sacks in 16 games during the 2017 season. Upon joining the Cardinals in 2016, Jones (11 sacks) combined with Markus Golden (12.5) to spur a pass-rush resurgence, guiding the team to a league-leading 48 by the end of the campaign. One of ensuing benefits was a five-year, $83 million contract in the offseason, but Jones lost his running mate Week 4 of this season, when Golden suffered a torn ACL. From that point forward, Jones was a one-man show, failing to fell an opposing QB in a given game just twice in 12 chances. Over the last five years, he's established himself as one of the NFL's premier pass rushers with double-digit sacks in four of them.
Jones had two tackles (both solo) and a sack in Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Redskins. Jones has a sack in four consecutive games and has gone without one only twice the season. Sunday's takedown brings the 27-year-old's season total to 15, which currently leads the NFL.
Jones compiled five solo tackles and one sack Sunday against the Titans. Jones played all 60 possible defensive snaps Sunday and was able to extend his career high in sacks to 14. Not only are his numbers solid for the season, but he has been held without a sack only two times through 13 games, giving him enough consistency to be a fantastic IDP option.
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