Signed to a four-year, $34 million contract last offseason, Jefferson had 79 tackles, 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception as a 16-game starter his first year in Baltimore. He's locked in as the starter at strong safety, with the contract restructure merely serving to free up 2018 cap space for the Ravens. Jefferson is young for a player with five seasons of experience, having celebrated his 26th birthday in January.
Jefferson had 79 total tackles to go with 2.5 sacks and an interception in his first season as a Raven in 2017.
A big-ticket free-agent signing in the offseason, Jefferson turned in a solid first season in Baltimore. However, it fell well short of the expectations he set in his final year in Arizona, when he racked up 96 tackles in 15 games and ended the year as one of the top safeties in the league. Jefferson isn't known for his speed or coverage skills, but he tends to make up for that as a hard-nosed run-stopper in the box. However, his performance in 2017 left Jefferson as just the 27th-best safety in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. He has recorded under 80 tackles in three of his four full seasons, which is starting to make his electric 2016 look like a bit of an aberration. In any case, Jefferson plays the type of role that allows him to pick up plenty of tackles and up his value as an IDP safety. He just might not be the elite IDP safety that some may have expected.
Jefferson accrued a season-high 11 tackles (eight solo) and a half sack Sunday against the Steelers.
A large factor in Jefferson's best outing since Week 1 is that he played 88 of 89 defensive snaps. Otherwise, he's been averaging just 4.5 tackles per game, leaving him on the low end of fantasy safeties.
Jefferson had three tackles, one pass breakup and one interception Monday against the Texans.
Jefferson nursed an ankle injury before Monday's game, but he still played all 69 snaps. The fifth-year pro has 50 tackles through 11 games, making him a low-level fantasy safety.
Jefferson (ankle) will play Thursday against the Dolphins.
Jefferson was limited in practice the majority of the week due to an ankle injury but will suit up for the contest. His backup, Anthony Levine, will also play after initially being ruled questionable for the game. Strong safety will definitely be an area to keep an eye on, given that neither player is likely 100 percent.
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