Chris Jones
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Jones in 2023
No. 95 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1994-07-03) July 3, 1994 (age 30)
Houston, Mississippi, U.S.
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school:Houston (MS)
College:Mississippi State (2013–2015)
NFL draft:2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
NFL record
  • Most consecutive games with a sack: 11[1][2]
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Total tackles:273
Sacks:75.5
Forced fumbles:12
Fumble recoveries:3
Player stats at PFR

Christopher Deshun 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 for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, and was selected by the Chiefs in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft. Jones is a three-time Super Bowl champion, a five-time All-Pro member, and has been named a Pro Bowler on five occasions.

Early life

Jones attended Houston High School in Houston, Mississippi, where he played high school football for the Hilltoppers.[3] Jones was considered a five-star recruit and was ranked among the top players in his class.[4][5] He committed to Mississippi State University to play college football.[6]

College career

Jones played for the Mississippi State Bulldogs from 2013 to 2015. As a true freshman in 2013, he appeared in all 13 games and made three starts. He had 32 tackles and three sacks.[7] As a sophomore, he appeared in all 13 games and had 26 tackles and three sacks.[8] 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.[9][10]

College statistics

Season Team GP Solo Ast Cmb TfL Yds Sck Yds FR FF
2013 Mississippi State 13 17 15 32 7 28 3.0 26 0 0
2014 Mississippi State 12 9 17 26 3.5 13 3.0 12 0 0
2015 Mississippi State 13 16 28 44 7.5 21 2.5 16 0 0
Career 38 42 60 102 18.0 62 8.5 54 0 0

Professional career

Pre-draft

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.[11] While running the 40-yard dash, Jones had a wardrobe malfunction that exposed his genitalia before falling to the ground to fix the issue. This went viral on social media.[12] 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 span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
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 1.70 s 2.86 s 4.62 s 7.44 s 29.5 in
(0.75 m)
8 ft 10 in
(2.69 m)
26 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Pro Day[13][14]

2016

See also: 2016 Kansas City Chiefs season

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Jones in the second round with the 37th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. Jones was the fifth defensive tackle drafted in 2016.[15]

External videos
video icon Chiefs draft Chris Jones 37th overall
video icon 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.[16]

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.[17]

Jones made his professional regular season debut in the Chiefs' season-opening 33–27 victory over the San Diego Chargers.[18] 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.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21] In a Week 10 matchup with the Carolina Panthers, Jones made three solo tackles and sacked Cam Newton in a 20–17 win.[22] On December 8, 2016, he recorded a season-high five combined tackles in a 21–13 win against the Oakland Raiders.[23] On January 1, 2017, Jones recorded a season-high four solo tackles in a 37–27 win against the San Diego Chargers.[24] He finished his rookie season with 28 combined tackles, two sacks, and four pass deflections in 16 games and 11 starts.[25] He was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team.[26]

2017

See also: 2017 Kansas City Chiefs season

Jones with the Chiefs in 2017

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,[27] earning him AFC Defensive Player of the Week.[28] 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.[29]

2018

See also: 2018 Kansas City Chiefs season

During Week 5 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jones returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown in the 30–14 victory.[30] Later in the same game, he was ejected for punching Andrew Norwell in his right thigh after an extra point attempt.[31] 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 the 1993 season.[1][2] Jones was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for November.[32] 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.[33] He was named second-team All-Pro for his performance in 2018.[34] He was ranked 36th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2019.[35]

2019

See also: 2019 Kansas City Chiefs season

In Week 10 against the Tennessee Titans, Jones recorded two sacks on Ryan Tannehill, one of which was a strip sack recovered by teammate Tanoh Kpassagnon, in the 35–32 loss.[36] Jones was named to his first Pro Bowl.[37] Overall, Jones finished the 2019 season with 36 total tackles, nine sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and four passes defensed.[38] Jones helped the Chiefs reach Super Bowl LIV. Jones recorded only one tackle, but forced the game’s first turnover and broke up two passes from Jimmy Garoppolo.[39] The Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31–20.[40] He was ranked 52nd by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2020.[41]

2020

See also: 2020 Kansas City Chiefs season

On March 16, 2020, the Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Jones.[42] On July 15, Jones signed a four-year contract worth $80 million, with $60 million guaranteed.[43] He was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list on November 5, after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus.[44] He was removed the following day.[45] In Week 14, against the Miami Dolphins, he recorded his first career safety on a sack on quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.[46] Jones finished the 2020 season with 36 total tackles, 7.5 sacks, four passes defensed, and two forced fumbles.[47] He was named to his second Pro Bowl.[48] The Chiefs went on to reach Super Bowl LV, but failed to defend their championship after losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31–9.[49] He was ranked 34th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2021.[50]

2021

See also: 2021 Kansas City Chiefs season

In Week 11, Jones had five tackles, 3.5 sacks, a pass deflection, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in a 19–9 win over the Dallas Cowboys, earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week.[51] He was named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl.[52] He was ranked 39th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2022.[53]

2022

Jones (right) with President Joe Biden after winning his second Super Bowl.

See also: 2022 Kansas City Chiefs season

In 2022, Jones recorded 44 tackles, 15.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery. He helped the Chiefs get the #1 seed in the AFC. The Chiefs defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Divisional Round to set up a rematch with Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game. Jones had 2 sacks on Joe Burrow in the Chiefs 23–20 victory. In Super Bowl LVII, Jones recorded three tackles in the Chiefs 38–35 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.[54]

2023

See also: 2023 Kansas City Chiefs season

Jones did not report to the Chiefs' training camp. He reportedly did not show up because he was holding out for a contract extension as the 2023 season is the final year of his contract. Jones received a mandatory fine of $50,000 for each day he did not report.[55] The Chiefs placed him on the reserve/did not report list on August 29, 2023.[56] On September 11, 2023, Jones and the Chiefs agreed to a new one year contract.[57] The Chiefs activated him the following day and received a roster exemption.[58]

The 2023 Chiefs faced off against the 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII, which was the Chiefs' second consecutive Super Bowl appearance (and fourth appearance in five seasons). Jones recorded four combined tackles (two solo) in the game.[59] Most importantly, on the first drive of overtime, Jones generated a critical third down pressure in the red zone to prevent a San Francisco third down conversion and touchdown. San Francisco had to settle for a field goal as a result, and Kansas City scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive to win the game and the championship.[60]

2024

See also: 2024 Kansas City Chiefs season

A free agent following the 2023 season, Jones signed a five-year, $158.75 million deal to return to the Chiefs on March 11, 2024. The contract contains $101 million in guarantees and makes him the highest-paid defensive tackle in NFL history in average annual value.[61]

NFL career statistics

Legend
Won the Super Bowl
Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Cmb Solo Ast Sck Sfty PD Int Yds Avg Lng TD FF FR
2016 KC 16 11 28 17 11 2.0 0 4 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2017 KC 16 7 32 22 10 6.5 0 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 0 4 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1
2020 KC 15 14 36 23 13 7.5 1 4 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 0
2021 KC 14 14 27 18 9 9.0 0 5 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1
2022 KC 17 17 44 30 14 15.5 0 4 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 1
2023 KC 16 16 30 20 10 10.5 0 4 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Career 123 102 273 188 85 75.5 1 37 2 17 8.5 20 1 12 3

Postseason

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Cmb Solo Ast Sck Sfty PD Int Yds Avg Lng TD FF FR
2016 KC 1 1 2 1 1 0.0 0 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2017 KC 1 1 2 1 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2018 KC 2 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 4 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2019 KC 2 1 3 1 2 0.0 0 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2020 KC 3 3 9 4 5 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2021 KC 3 3 6 4 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2022 KC 3 3 8 6 2 2.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2023 KC 4 4 8 4 4 0.5 0 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0
Career 19 17 38 21 17 2.5 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Awards and honors

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