24-Year-Old Safety – Arizona Cardinals
2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
With Johnson headed to Tennessee and Tyrann Mathieu recovering from a torn ACL, Jefferson should have a chance to earn a career high in defensive snaps this year. Splitting his time between defense an...
Tony Jefferson Contract Information:
Signed with the Cardinals in April of 2016.
Jefferson signed his restricted free-agent tender from the Cardinals on Monday, the team's official site reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The selection of Deone Bucannon in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft should have kept Jefferson in the periphery, but the latter responded by landing the starting strong safety spot out of training camp and further solidified his status as a starter with 50 tackles in the first seven games. His season turned in the last contest of that run, though, when he suffered a concussion. In the subsequent four games, he played a combined 65 snaps, which contributed to a diminished role as the weeks wound on. With Bucannon poised to handle the bulk of the work at SS this season, Jefferson's IDP relevance could again be linked to a deficiency in the linebacker corps, as it was a season ago.
Despite his status as an undrafted free agent in 2013, Jefferson was active for all 16 games and racked up 24 tackles (19 solo). Nevertheless, the organization selected Deone Bucannon in the first round of this year's draft, placing a shadow over Jefferson's status in the defensive backfield. Jefferson has responded by taking all the first-team reps during OTAs and minicamp, which has extended into training camp with his listing as the Cardinals' starting strong safety.