34-Year-Old Defensive End – Jacksonville Jaguars
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
In his first season with the Jaguars after coming over from Seattle, Clemons recorded 36 total tackles to go with 8.0 sacks and four forced fumbles. This season, he’ll again play the LEO, pass-rushing...
Chris Clemons Contract Information:
Signed a four-year deal with the Jaguars in March of 2014.
Clemons, who skipped all of voluntary OTAs, is expected to show up for next week's mandatory minicamp, the Florida Times-Union reports.
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Chris Clemons: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Clemons joins a growing list of former Seahawks who have rejoined coach Gus Bradley (formerly Seattle's defensive coordinator) with the Jags. The 32-year-old DE recorded 24 tackles and just 4.5 sacks in 14 games for Seattle in 2013, but it's not hard to imagine him approaching double-digit sacks -- a mark he hit three times in a row from 2010-12 -- as a key cog in the Jacksonville pass rush.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Clemons was released as a cap casualty by the Seahawks on Wednesday and will now take a visit to Jacksonville, where he would be reunited with former coach Gus Bradley. The 32-year-old made 24 tackles and 4.5 sacks last season and would provide valuable experience along the Jaguars' defensive line.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Clemons had a productive tenure in Seattle, but he'll move his efforts down to Jacksonville for the 2014 season. New teammate Tyson Alualu is going to make the move over to defensive end, which will likely cause Clemons to take a backseat behind the 27-year-old former defensive tackle. Of course, this move stands a good chance of hindering Clemons' first-year totals with the Jaguars.
Although the arrival of 15th overall draft pick Bruce Irvin could threaten Clemons' snap count, expect the Seahawks to get Irvin on the field without it often being at Clemons' expense. To state it more briefly, the Seahawks aren't going to lessen Clemons' play count after he posted 11 sacks in each of the last two seasons. Irvin's arrival will more likely help Clemons by forcing offenses to account for Irvin on the other side, lessening the frequency that Clemons sees chip blocks from running backs and double teams from tight ends. Clemons will get further assistance of that sort from the arrival of the versatile and rangy Jason Jones, who should be a nuisance on the interior for Seattle.
After bouncing around the league as a situational pass rusher for six years, Clemons made the most of his first season in a starting role last year. The 254-pound end specializes as an edge threat in Seattle’s lopsided 4-3, and he has consistently demonstrated an ability to excel in this role throughout his career. His generally one-dimensional game means he won’t pile up too many tackles (he had 49 last year), but he’s a good bet to hit double-digit sacks after totaling 11 last season. Clemons is a bit unproven with just one season as a full-time player, however, so he comes with some risk.
Seattle traded for Clemons this offseason to upgrade its pass rush. Clemons totaled seven sacks combined the last two seasons as a situational pass rusher for Philadelphia. If that counts as an upgrade, then bully for the Seahawks.
Clemons will battle Jerome McDougle for the fifth defensive end spot.
Situational pass rusher.
Clemons will compete for the vacant weak-side linebacker spot left by LaVar Arrington. He is weak against the run but his quickness is a strong asset on passing downs. He will also spend time on special teams.