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If it weren’t for Joey Bosa we might be talking about Chris Jones as the defensive rookie of the year

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Chris Jones has at least entered the conversation. Pro Football Focus released their list of the NFL’s best rookies through the first 10 weeks of the season and the first four names are all offensive players (RB Ezekiel Elliott, QB Dak Prescott, QB Carson Wentz and RT Jack Conklin).

The next two names on the list are a pair of defensive linemen - the Chargers’ Joey Bosa and the Chiefs’ Chris Jones. That makes Jones sixth in PFF’s list of the top rookies.

That’s pretty high for Chris Jones but for good reason. He’s playing really well. He was in a rotation to start the season and then took on more when Allen Bailey hit IR. He played a ton last week (45 snaps) with Jaye Howard and the Chiefs staying in their base defense more often.

Will he beat out Joey Bosa for defensive rookie of the year? Probably not. Bosa will probably end up with more sacks, which is a key metric for an award like this. Bosa also has more name recognition.

Eric Fisher, Dee Ford, Marcus Peters and now Chris Jones ... I see you, John Dorsey.