Defensive tackle Chris Jones hasn't been shy about publicly declaring his lofty goals for the upcoming season. He's done it since he was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016, so it was no surprise when he recently tweeted about becoming the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2022.
Jones wouldn't elaborate Wednesday after the Chiefs' second minicamp practice other than to say he expected to "come out and be the best me."
"That's my driving force," Jones said.
The Chiefs, who fell to 29th in the NFL in sacks last season, would happily settle for the best version of Jones. He had 15.5 sacks in 2018, third in the league.
Jones has been very good at times since, most notably when he knocked down three passes during the Chiefs' Super Bowl LIV win over the San Francisco 49ers after the 2019 season. But the numbers haven't been present for Jones the way the Chiefs hoped three years ago when they added pass-rusher Frank Clark in a trade to pair with Jones.
Jones led the Chiefs in sacks the past three seasons with a total of 25.5, including nine last year. But last season ended when Jones failed to finish on a couple of sack attempts against Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow during a 27-24 overtime loss in the AFC Championship Game.