Chandler Jones has been forcing his way into the backfield and sacking quarterbacks on a regular basis for a decade now. He looks poised to work wonders alongside Maxx Crosby for the Las Vegas Raiders during the 2022 season, yet remains disrespected by his spot in PFF's edge rusher rankings.
PFF Edge Rusher Rankings
Jones checks in at No. 23 overall and in the middle of a tier Sam Monson describes as "declining forces." He cites that Jones' run defense is falling off, which means he cannot be as well-rounded of a player as he once was. That doesn't mean he's still not worth a spot within the top 15, though.
The 32-year-old has proven time and time again that he can get to the quarterback whenever he feels like it. Jones has racked up double-digit sacks in six of the last seven seasons and has logged 107.5 sacks during his storied career. That mark ranks second among active players, behind only Von Miller.
After missing most of the 2020 season with a biceps injury, Jones came back with a vengeance by piling up 41 tackles, 26 quarterback hits, 10.5 sacks and 6 forced fumbles for the Arizona Cardinals. Keep in mind those efforts led to his fourth Pro Bowl nod as a game-changing outside linebacker.
It's worth noting that names ahead of Jones include a pair of New York Jets in John Franklin-Myers and Carl Lawson. Neither player has yet to post double-digit sacks in a season or make a single Pro Bowl. Opting for upside over experience in these kind of rankings is a bold move to say the least.
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