According to Pro Football Focus
, a football analytics site that grades players on every play of every game, Jones' production through the first six weeks ranks him in the upper tier of pass rushers.
Over 210 pass-rushing snaps, Jones has five sacks, six quarterback hits and 15 hurries, good for 26 total pressure plays. He had the best game of his NFL career on Sunday in Seattle, tallying two sacks, one quarterback hit, two hurries and two stops (tackles that constitute a negative play for the offense).
In terms of 4-3 defensive ends, Jones has graded out as the fifth-best player at the position.
Jones has been the complete package as a rookie defensive end.
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The only names ahead of him on the report card are Cameron Wake, Chris Clemons, John Abraham and Chris Long, each an established NFL pass-rusher. Among those below Jones are Jason Pierre-Paul, Jared Allen, Trent Cole, Jason Babin and fellow rookie Bruce Irvin.
Jones has successfully placed himself into a worthy group of names.
The candidates to challenge Jones the title of best defensive rookie have been almost nonexistent