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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Arizona Cardinals are having a below average season but luckily this team has a bright spot in Outside Linebacker Chandler Jones. Jones has compiled 15 sacks this year and that’s more than anybody else in pro football. Calais Campbell and Demarcus Lawrence are very close to Jones with 14.5 and 13.5 sacks. However you have to believe that the 27 year old Cardinals LB is going stay hot and become the 2017 sack champion. Jones records over 10 sacks almost every single year but this season he has raised the bar for his own standards. Vic Beasley led the NFL in 2016 with 15.5 sacks so it’s possible Jones tops that by 2 or 3. It couldn’t have been easy for Chandler Jones to be traded to Arizona after playing for New England. The culture surrounding those two teams are completely different but the veteran pass rusher seems to be making the most out of his time in the desert. Arizona finally has an identity again after adding Adrian Peterson and several other young prospects. This team will need Chandler Jones to come out and give a repeat performance next year because the Cardinals will have a shot at a winning season in 2018. Especially if Arizona can continue to upgrade their defense and find a couple more wide receivers on offense. If you’re Steve Keim you have to be thinking about adding the best defensive lineman you can to the mix. Chandler Jones is the only player on this roster that produced over 5 sacks and having a marquee defensive end would sure go a long way. Swinging a deal and getting Bradley Chubb would be a dream come true for the Cardinals. Chubb and Jones would give this franchise a defensive tandem that could eventually compare to Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. Keim should roll the dice and do everything he can to make that happen.
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