Chris Jones (defensive tackle, born 1994)

Christopher Deshun "Chris" Jones (born July 3, 1994) is an American football defensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Mississippi State University, and was drafted by the Chiefs in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Chris Jones
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Jones in 2017
No. 95 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1994-07-03) July 3, 1994 (age 25)
Houston, Mississippi
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school:Houston (Houston, Mississippi)
College:Mississippi State
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2019
Total tackles:136
Sacks:33.0
Forced fumbles:7
Pass deflections:20
Interceptions:2
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Early yearsEdit

Jones attended Houston High School in Houston, Mississippi, where he played high school football for the Hilltoppers.[1] Jones was considered a five-star recruit and was ranked among the top players in his class.[2][3] He committed to Mississippi State University to play college football.[4]

College careerEdit

Jones appeared in all 13 games and made three starts as a true freshman at Mississippi State in 2013. He had 32 tackles and three sacks.[5] As a sophomore, he appeared in all 13 games and had 26 tackles and three sacks.[6] As a junior, he started all 13 games, recording 44 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Following the conclusion of his junior year, Jones made the decision to forgo his senior year and enter the 2016 NFL Draft.[7][8]

Professional careerEdit

Coming out of college, Jones was projected by analysts and scouts to be drafted in the second round. He was ranked the eighth-best defensive tackle and the 48th-best prospect by NFLDraftScout.com. Jones was invited to the NFL Combine and completed the entire workout and all the positional drills.[9] While running the 40-yard dash, Jones had a wardrobe malfunction and exposed himself before falling to the ground to fix the issue.[10] He attended Mississippi State's Pro Day, but decided he was satisfied with his combine performance and only performed positional drills.

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 5 34 in
(1.97 m)
310 lb
(141 kg)
34 12 in
(0.88 m)
10 34 in
(0.27 m)
5.03 s 1.69 s 2.86 s 4.62 s 7.44 s 24.5 in
(0.62 m)
8 ft 10 in
(2.69 m)
26 reps
All values from NFL Combine[11][12]

2016Edit

The Kansas City Chiefs drafted Jones in the second round (37th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft. Jones was the fifth defensive tackle drafted in 2016.[13]

External video
  Chiefs draft Chris Jones 37th overall
  NFL Draft Profile: Chris Jones

On May 8, 2016, the Chiefs signed Jones to a four-year, $6.23 million contract with $3.44 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $2.73 million.[14]

He entered training camp competing with Jaye Howard, Allen Bailey, Nick Williams, and Jimmy Staten to be the starting defensive end. Jones was named the backup left defensive end, behind Jaye Howard, to begin the regular season.[15]

Jones made his professional regular season debut in the Kansas City Chiefs' season-opening 33–27 victory over the San Diego Chargers.[16] The following week, he recorded his first tackle and finished with two solo tackles in a 19–12 loss to the Houston Texans. On October 18, 2016, he was named the starting right defensive end after Allen Bailey was placed on injured-reserve with a shoulder injury.[17] On October 23, 2016, Jones earned his first career start and recorded two solo tackles in a 27–21 win against the New Orleans Saints.[18] The next game, he made a solo tackle and his first career sack on Andrew Luck in a 30–14 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.[19] In a Week 10 matchup with the Carolina Panthers, Jones made three solo tackles and sacked Cam Newton in a 20–17 win.[20] On December 8, 2016, he recorded a season-high five combined tackles in a 21–13 win against the Oakland Raiders.[21] On January 1, 2017, Jones recorded a season-high four solo tackles in a 37–27 win against the San Diego Chargers.[22] He finished his rookie season with 28 combined tackles, two sacks, and four pass deflections in 16 games and 11 starts.[23]

2017Edit

On September 17, 2017, in Week 2, Jones recorded three sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception in a 27–20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles,[24] earning him AFC Defensive Player of the Week.[25] Overall, he finished the 2017 season with 6.5 sacks, 32 total tackles, one interception, seven passes defensed, and four forced fumbles with five starts and 16 appearances.[26]

2018Edit

During Week 5 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jones returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown in the 30–14 victory.[27] Later in the same game, he was ejected for punching Andrew Norwell in his right thigh after an extra point attempt. [28] Jones has recorded a sack in all games from Week 5 to Week 16, setting an NFL record of 11 consecutive games with a sack. Jones broke the NFL record held previously by Simon Fletcher who recorded a sack from Week 11 of 1992 to Week 3 of 1993.[29][30] He finished the season third in the league with 15.5 sacks, which led the Chiefs, along with 40 combined tackles, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles, and an interception.[31] He was named second-team All-Pro for his performance in 2018.[32]

2019Edit

In week 10 against the Tennessee Titans, Jones recorded 2 sacks on Ryan Tannehill, one of which was a strip sack recovered by teammate Tanoh Kpassagnon, in the 35–32 loss. [33]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TD FF FR
2016 KC 16 11 28 17 11 2.0 -- 4 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0 0
2017 KC 16 7 32 22 10 6.5 -- 7 1 -3 -3.0 -3 0 4 0
2018 KC 16 11 40 35 5 15.5 0 5 1 20 20.0 20T 1 2 0
2019 KC 13 12 36 23 13 9.0 -- 4 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 1 1
Career 61 41 136 97 39 33.0 0 20 2 17 -- 20 1 7 1

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Rivals.com". Sports.Yahoo.com. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  3. ^ "Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs, Defensive Tackle". Scout.com. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Sherman, Mitch (November 16, 2012). "Miss. St. commit Chris Jones gets his UA jersey". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "Football: Sophomore tackle Chris Jones turning into defensive phenom for Mississippi State". GulfLive.com. Associated Press. Retrieved January 14, 2018.CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ Scarborough, Alex (March 25, 2015). "Now a junior, 'the sky's the limit' for Mississippi State DL Chris Jones". ESPN.go.com. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  7. ^ Bonner, Michael (January 5, 2016). "MSU junior Chris Jones declares for NFL Draft". ClarionLedger.com. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  8. ^ Stephenson, Creg (January 5, 2016). "Mississippi State's Chris Jones set to enter 2016 NFL draft". AL.com. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
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  10. ^ Boner, Michael (February 29, 2016). "Chris Jones runs into wardrobe malfunction at the combine". Clarion Ledger. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  11. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Chris Jones". National Football League.
  12. ^ http://www.draftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=127441&draftyear=2016&genpos=DT
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  22. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers - January 1st, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  23. ^ "NFL Player Profile: Chris Jones". NFL.com. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  24. ^ "Philadelphia Eagles at Kansas City Chiefs - September 17th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  25. ^ Maya, Adam (September 20, 2017). "Tom Brady, J.J. Nelson among Players of the Week". NFL.com.
  26. ^ "Chris Jones 2017 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  27. ^ "Chris Jones' pick-six for Chiefs was eerily similar to one from his high school days". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  28. ^ Teicher, Adam. "Chiefs DE Jones ejected for throwing punch". ESPN.com.
  29. ^ "Chris Jones Breaks NFL Record for Most Consecutive Games with Sack". Kansas City Chiefs. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  30. ^ Gantt, Darin (December 14, 2018). "Chris Jones continues record-breaking sack streak". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  31. ^ "Chris Jones 2018 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  32. ^ "Chiefs Earn an NFL-Most Six Associated Press All-Pro Nods Between the First and Second Teams". Kansas City Chiefs. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  33. ^ "Titans rally, spoil Mahomes' return beating Chiefs 35-32". www.espn.com. November 10, 2019. Retrieved November 10, 2019.

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