Would this be an upgrade over Jurrell Casey?
In a word, yes.
In two words…well I can’t say that here so I will just still with “yes”.
A lot of people may not know how good Chris Jones is, but over the last two years he has been one of the best pass rushers in the NFL regardless of position. That isn’t hyperbole, just think about this.
Since 2018, Chris Jones has played in 29 games and he has tallied 24.5 sacks and 27 TFLs. Here is the complete list of every player in the NFL who has matched those stats and their average sack and TFL per game in parentheses next to their totals.
DL Aaron Donald: 33 sacks (1.03 spg), 45 TFLs (1.25 tflpg)
EDGE Danielle Hunter: 29 sacks (0.91 spg), 36 (1.13 tflpg)
EDGE Cameron Jordan: 27 sacks (0.86 spg), 33 TFLs (1.03 tflpg)
DL Chris Jones: 24.5 sacks (0.85 spg), 27 TFLs (0.93 tflpg)
That is it. That is the list.
Now, what if that is the best stretch of his career? I would doubt that considering that he is only 25 years old at this point, but let’s go through that thought process.
Jurrell Casey’s best two-year stretch came in 2013-2014 even though he somehow didn’t make it to the Pro Bowl in either of those years. Over that time his stats looked like this:
DL Jurrell Casey 2013-2014: 15.5 sacks (0.50 sacks per game) and 24 TFLs (0.77 TFLs per game)
Those are great numbers, but they don’t even come close to what Jones has done per game in the last two years.
So if the Titans have a chance to make a move, the have to because he is one of the blue-chip talents in the NFL and he is just coming into his stride.