No respect? Arizona Cardinals’ Chandler Jones left off NFL Top 100 players list

Jeremy Cluff
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How is Chandler Jones not one of the Top 100 players in the NFL?

The offseason of no respect continues for the Arizona Cardinals’ Chandler Jones.

After being ranked No. 28 in the NFL Top 100 player rankings in 2018, Jones was left off the list, which is voted on by the players, in 2019.

Jones had 13 sacks last season, which tied for eighth in the league. He led the NFL with 17 sacks in 2017.

Over the past three years, he has more sacks (41) than any other player in NFL.

It isn’t the only slight for Jones this offseason.

Last month, he was left off a list of the Top 50 players in the NFL by Pro Football Focus.

He also didn’t make a USA TODAY Sports list of the Top 100 players in the league.

Jones also recently received a grade of 82 overall for the Madden NFL 20 video game.

Six other Cardinals have higher grades, including Jones' teammate Terrell Suggs, who has an 83 overall ranking.

Suggs had seven sacks last season.

Jones hasn’t missed a game since the Cardinals traded for him before the 2016 season and is still just 29 years old.

Yet, the linebacker continues to get overlooked.

Jones played in two drastically different defensive schemes the past two seasons as the Cardinals played in a 4-3 base in 2017 and a 3-4 in 2018.

Arizona is switching back to a 4-3 base in 2019.

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We did find one list that did include Jones. has him ranked No. 7 on its list of the best pass rushers in the league for 2019.

Joe Thomas wrote: Entering his eighth NFL season, Jones is a slippery pass rusher who has enjoyed a steady and excellent career -- in New England and Arizona. His production and value often go unnoticed because of the minimal success the Cardinals have had since he joined the team in 2016 (the team has a record of 18-29-1 in that span). The 6-5, 265-pound linebacker has been a beast nonetheless, logging 41 sacks over the last three seasons. Those numbers are all the more impressive considering Arizona has been on the losing end more often than not during Jones' tenure in the desert, meaning opponents tended to run the football in the second half, eliminating opportunities to get to the quarterback. Cardinals opponents have logged 1,617 combined pass attempts since 2016 (tied for 23rd in the NFL) and 1,341 rushing attempts (sixth-most).”

Something tells us Jones won’t be left off these top players in the NFL lists much longer.

The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers contributed to this story.

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