Chandler Jones lands of NFL.com's top 10 pass rushers
Joe Thomas for Browns LT All-Pro is now working for NFL.com and ranked his top 10 pass rushers regardless of position. Cardinals own Chandler Jones made Thomas's list coming in at 7. Only DMVP Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, J.J. Watt, Von Miller, Myles Garrett and Chris Jones were ahead of the Arizona defensive star.
Entering his eighth NFL season, Jones is a slippery pass rusher who has enjoyed a steady and excellent career -- in New England and Arizona. His production and value often go unnoticed because of the minimal success the Cardinals have had since he joined the team in 2016 (the team has a record of 18-29-1 in that span). The 6-5, 265-pound linebacker has been a beast nonetheless, logging 41 sacks over the last three seasons. Those numbers are all the more impressive considering Arizona has been on the losing end more often than not during Jones' tenure in the desert, meaning opponents tended to run the football in the second half, eliminating opportunities to get to the quarterback. Cardinals opponents have logged 1,617 combined pass attempts since 2016 (tied for 23rd in the NFL) and 1,341 rushing attempts (sixth-most).
Chandler Jones was ranked ahead of star pass rushers DeMarcus Lawrence and Joey Bosa. It's nice that a Cardinals player was recognized for his skill especially from a former All-Pro left tackle.