During training camp, the Kansas City Chiefs appeared to be in some trouble when star defensive lineman Chris Jones held out in the hopes of getting a lucrative contract extension.
He missed their Week 1 loss to the Detroit Lions, and shortly afterward, he agreed to a one-year contract so that he could at least suit up and help them defend their second Super Bowl championship in the last four seasons.
In Jones’ season debut, which was a 17-9 win over the upstart Jacksonville Jaguars, he had 1.5 sacks and two quarterback hits, and a look at his league ranks in some advanced categories, per Pro Football Focus, show how well he did in Week 2.
Chris Jones in Week 2:
🔴 92.8 PFF grade (1st among IDL)
🔴 91.7 PRSH grade (1st)
🔴 6 pressures (1st)
🔴 40.7% pass rush win rate (1st)
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Jones is arguably the centerpiece of Kansas City’s defense, and although they ranked only 16th in points allowed and 11th in total yards allowed last year, Jones had a marvelous season.
He recorded 15.5 sacks, 29 quarterback hits, and 17 tackles for loss, earning him a spot in both the Pro Bowl and on the All-Pro First Team.
With Jones back in uniform in Week 2, the Chiefs were dominant defensively against a potent Jaguars team, holding quarterback Trevor Lawrence to a low completion rate and zero touchdown passes while sacking him four times.
As a team, Jacksonville was not able to record a single touchdown in that contest.
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