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Tony Jefferson
S #22
Height:
5-11
Weight:
212
Age:
24
College:
Oklahoma
Experience:
4

Quick Stats (2016):

TCKL
30
SCK
1.0
FF
1
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 211 171 40 4.0 0 6 2 26 -- 26 1 5 2
2016 ARI 3 3 30 24 6 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2015 ARI 16 7 78 58 20 2.0 0 5 2 26 13 26 1 3 --
2014 ARI 16 8 79 70 9 1.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2013 ARI 16 2 24 19 5 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 NE L 21-23 10 9 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 TB W 40-7 11 9 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
3 @BUF L 18-33 9 6 3 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --

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Biography

NoteCARDS:

  • Made the team as a rookie free agent out of Oklahoma in 2013 and has played in every game in his first three seasons, totaling 165 tackles, three sacks, two INTs (one returned for a TD), six passes defensed, three forced fumbles and 13 special teams tackles.
  • Had the best season of his career in 2015, starting seven of 16 games played during the regular season and both playoff contests and setting career highs with 75 tackles, two INTs, two sacks, five passes defensed and three forced fumbles. Led the team with 19 tackles in the postseason.
  • In Week 2 of ’15, recorded his first career INT and returned it 26 yards for his first career TD in the Cardinals 48-21 victory at Chicago. Notched his second career INT in Week 7 win over Baltimore, picking off Joe Flacco’s pass in the end zone on 2nd-n-goal with six seconds left to preserve a 26-18 win.
  • Started nine games and the Wild Card playoff contest in 2014. Ranked fourth on the team with 74 tackles, including two games of 10 or more tackles.

Pro Career: Signed by the Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent on 4/29/13 out of Oklahoma and has played in all 48 games (18 starts) in his first three seasons. Signed a one-year contract as a restricted free agent on 4/18/16.

NoteCARDS:

  • Made the team as a rookie free agent out of Oklahoma in 2013 and has played in every game in his first three seasons, totaling 165 tackles, three sacks, two INTs (one returned for a TD), six passes defensed, three forced fumbles and 13 special teams tackles.
  • Had the best season of his career in 2015, starting seven of 16 games played during the regular season and both playoff contests and setting career highs with 75 tackles, two INTs, two sacks, five passes defensed and three forced fumbles. Led the team with 19 tackles in the postseason.
  • In Week 2 of ’15, recorded his first career INT and returned it 26 yards for his first career TD in the Cardinals 48-21 victory at Chicago. Notched his second career INT in Week 7 win over Baltimore, picking off Joe Flacco’s pass in the end zone on 2nd-n-goal with six seconds left to preserve a 26-18 win.
  • Started nine games and the Wild Card playoff contest in 2014. Ranked fourth on the team with 74 tackles, including two games of 10 or more tackles.

Pro Career: Signed by the Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent on 4/29/13 out of Oklahoma and has played in all 48 games (18 starts) in his first three seasons. Signed a one-year contract as a restricted free agent on 4/18/16.

2015: Played in every game for the third straight year, starting seven regular season games and both playoff contests … ranked fourth on the team with a career-high 75 tackles and tied for the team lead with three forced fumbles … added two INTs, five passes defensed, two sacks, four tackles for loss, two QB pressures, one QB hit and four special teams tackles … had a team-best 19 tackles, including two for loss, and two passes defensed in two playoff games … collected five tackles vs. NO (9/13) … recorded first career INT in the second quarter @ Chi (9/20), picking off Jay Cutler and returning it 26 yards for the first TD of his career; also led the team with eight solo tackles, including one for loss, and had a pass defensed … posted career-best two forced fumbles @ Det (10/11); both were recovered by Cardinals and the second led to a TD; also tied career high with 11 tackles and added one pass defensed and one special teams tackle … had four tackles, including one for loss, and one special teams tackle @ Pit (10/18) … sealed the 26-18 victory with INT of Joe Flacco in the end zone on 2nd-n-goal with six seconds left in the game vs. Bal (10/26); also had five solo tackles and a pass defensed … led the DBs with six tackles, including one for loss @ Cle (11/1) … recorded four tackles and two passes defensed @ Sea (11/15) … had two solo tackles vs. Cin (11/22) ... sacked Blaine Gabbert for a 10-yard loss on 3rd-n-10 with under two minutes remaining and the 49ers driving for a potential go-ahead score @ SF (11/29); sack was the second of his career and the Cardinals forced a turnover on downs on the next play to secure the victory; totaled five tackles, including one for loss, and added a forced fumble, one QB pressure and a special teams tackle … recorded his second sack in three games when he took down Teddy Bridgewater in the fourth quarter vs. Min (12/10); also had three tackles and a QB hit … started for the injured Rashad Johnson and had six tackles @ Phi (12/20) … collected six tackles vs. GB (12/27) … totaled seven tackles and one special teams tackle vs. Sea (1/3/16) … tied for the team lead with nine tackles, including two for loss, and one pass defensed Divisional Playoff vs. GB (1/16/16) … posted a team-best 10 tackles, a pass defensed and one special teams tackle in NFC Championship Game @ Car (1/24/16).

2014: Played in all 16 games with nine starts and ranked fourth on the team with 74 tackles … also had one sack, one tackle for loss, a forced fumble, a pass defensed, one QB hit and three special teams tackles … tied for the team lead with eight tackles vs. SD (9/8); also had one tackle for loss and one QB hit … led the DBs with eight tackles @ NYG (9/14) … recorded first career sack in fourth quarter vs. SF (9/21), taking down Colin Kaepernick for a nine-yard loss and forcing a 3rd-n-19 with the Cardinals protecting a 20-14 lead at the time; recorded a team-leading 10 tackles, including eight solo stops … collected five solo tackles @ Den (10/5) … had two unassisted tackles vs. Was (10/12) … recorded three solo tackles and one special teams tackle @ Oak (10/19) … led the team and set a new career high with 11 tackles vs. Phi (10/26); also had first career pass defensed and one special teams tackle … after being limited in practice during the week due to a concussion, started and had one tackle @ Dal (11/2) … recorded one solo tackle on defense and one special teams tackle vs. StL (11/9) … had two unassisted tackles vs. Det (11/16) and @ Sea (11/23) … collected five tackles @ Atl (11/30) … started for the injured Tyrann Mathieu and recorded five tackles vs. KC (12/7) … had four unassisted tackles @ StL (12/11) … recorded seven solo tackles and his first career forced fumble in the fourth quarter vs. Sea (12/21) … registered seven tackles in Wild Card game @ Car (1/3/15).

2013: Made the team out of training camp as a rookie free agent and went on to play in all 16 games with two starts … totaled 16 tackles, one tackle for loss, two QB hits and tied for third on the team with six special teams tackles … made his NFL debut playing on special teams @ StL (9/8); recovered a Javier Arenas fumble on a kickoff return in the fourth quarter … made first career start with Cardinals beginning the game in a dime defense vs. Det (9/15); had three unassisted tackles, including one tackle for loss when he stopped Reggie Bush for a four-yard loss in the first quarter … played 55 snaps on defense and led the DBs with a career-best six tackles @ TB (9/29) … collected four solo tackles vs. Car (10/6) … led the team with two special teams tackles @ SF (10/13) … collected one special teams tackle vs. Hou (11/10) … led the team with three special teams tackles @ Ten (12/15); had QB hit in OT, helping to cause INT by Antoine Cason that led to game-winning FG … made his second career start with Rashad Johnson out with an ankle injury and recorded three tackles and one QB hit @ Sea (12/22).

College: Played in 40 games with 34 starts in three seasons at Oklahoma … declared for NFL Draft following his junior season … finished his career with 258 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, seven sacks, eight INTs and 13 passes defensed … his 258 tackles rank as the sixth-most by a defensive back in school history … a second-team All-American and a first-team All-Big 12 selection by the Associated Press and  the league’s coaches as a junior in ’12 … ranked second in the conference and led the team with a career-high 119 tackles, the fourth-highest total for a defensive back in the nation … led the Big 12 with 91 tackles in conference games … added two INTs, three passes defensed, 3.5 tackles for loss and a half-sack while starting all 13 games … also earned academic All-Big 12 first team honors … played in all 13 games with 12 starts and led the team with a career-best four INTs as a sophomore … earned honorable mention All-Big 12 from the AP and coaches … ranked third on the team with 74 tackles, posted career highs with 7.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks, and added three passes defensed and one forced fumble … named Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and a first-team freshman All-American after playing in 14 games with nine starts as a true freshman in ’10 … collected 65 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two sacks, two INTs, a fumble recovery and a career-high seven passes defensed on the season … had a 22-yard INT return for a TD and recorded a sack in the Fiesta Bowl victory over UConn at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Personal: Named a USA Today All-American and was listed as a four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com after his career at Eastlake (Chula Vista, CA) High School … selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American game … recorded 88 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries to help his team to the San Diego Division I CIF title as a senior … also ran for 1,328 yards and 28 TDs on offense … had 77 tackles and three INTs during his junior season ... was a first-team All-State selection as a sophomore … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

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