Arizona Cardinals' Chandler Jones returns to NFL Top 100 with a bang

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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A lot of people shook their heads when Arizona Cardinals star Chandler Jones was inexplicably left off of the NFL Top 100 player rankings list in 2019.

After all, the defensive end has been one of the elite pass rushers in the league for several years.

Jones was not left off the list for a second straight season.

The runner-up in NFL defensive player of the year voting last season was unveiled as the No. 15 player in the league in the NFL Network's annual list of the Top 100 NFL players on Tuesday night.

The voting is done by NFL players.

Acquired by Arizona in 2016, Jones has accumulated an NFL-high 60.0 sacks, 210 tackles, 67 tackles for loss, 98 QB hits, an NFL-high 17 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries in four seasons (2016-19) with the Cardinals.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection (2015, ’17 and '19) and two-time first-team All-Pro (2017 and '19), no NFL player has more sacks (96.0) and forced fumbles (27) since 2012 when Jones entered the league as a first-round selection (21st overall) by New England.

No elite player also seems to get as little recognition and respect.

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Jones is the fourth Cardinals player in the rankings, joining safety Budda Baker (No. 97), quarterback Kyler Murray (No. 90) and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (No. 69).

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins will be included in the Top 10 when the NFL Network concludes its unveiling of the NFL Top 100 on Wednesday night.

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Jones had a simple response on social media to being ranked in the NFL Top 100 this season.

Teammate Christian Kirk didn't think Jones' ranking was high enough, however.

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