The Kansas City Chiefs defense has battled through its fair share of injuries to key players this season, but in just his second year in the league, defensive end George Karlaftis has been a solid presence on the field. Defensive line coach Joe Cullen said that Karlaftis has continued to develop since being drafted 30th overall in 2022.
“Well, I think if you go back to a year ago, we had to play him early, he just kept getting better and better,” Cullen recalled. “I think that trend has continued and he works hard at his craft.”
Karlaftis leads the team in sacks with nine on the season and has the opportunity to get into the double digits before the final game. Earlier this week, Jones shared that he hopes Karlaftis ends the season with double-digit sacks. Karlaftis holds Jones in high regard and said that Jones has positively impacted his development.
“Having 9-5 rushing next to me definitely helps,” Karlaftis said of Jones. “When you know how to play off of each other, then good things usually happen.”
Karlaftis’ reputation for having a “high motor” was a major talking point ahead of the draft, and his endurance has continued to serve him well.
The former Purdue Boilermaker stated, “If you’re out there, [and] you’re not playing as hard as you possibly can, then what are you doing?
“I just try to leave it all in the field every single Sunday.”