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Chandler Jones Could Reach Rarified Air In 2019

OLB Chandler Jones had two sacks and a forced fumble against the Buccaneers.
OLB Chandler Jones had two sacks and a forced fumble against the Buccaneers.

After a two-sack day on Sunday in Tampa, Chandler Jones has moved into a tie for the NFL lead with 11½ sacks.

He is in the hunt to win the NFL’s prestigious sack crown for the second time in three years after finishing atop that category with 17 in 2017.

While that’s impressive enough, Jones also leads the NFL in forced fumbles with five after knocking the ball from Jameis Winston’s grasp in the first quarter. He has turned strip-sacks into an art, consistently striking a quarterback’s arm on his windup.

If Jones finishes first in both sacks and forced fumbles this season, he would become the seventh player in NFL history to do so since sacks became a statistic in 1982.

There are some household names on the list, like Michael Strahan, Derrick Thomas, Robert Mathis and Richard Dent.

Jones isn’t big on personal accomplishments, but he is clearly pleased with the strip-sack addition to his repertoire. Even at age 29, he is finding new ways to impact the game.

“That’s the thing I’ve been working on this whole offseason,” Jones said after the game. “If there is an individual thing that you wanted to point out, it’s the forced fumbles.”

Players who have led the NFL in sacks and forced fumbles in the same season

Table inside Article
Player Year Sacks Forced Fumbles
Vic Beasley 2016 15.5 6 (T-1st)
Robert Mathis 2013 19.5 10
Michael Strahan 2001 22.5 6 (T-1st)
Michael Sinclair 1998 16.5 6
Derrick Thomas 1990 20 6
Richard Dent 1985 17 7

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