After totaling 6.5 sacks in 13 games (eight starts) last season, Denver Broncos third-year defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones is aiming for a 10-sack season this fall.
“I think 10 sacks is very attainable,” Jones said on June 2. “Guys like Chris Jones, Grady Jarrett, Cameron Heyward and Aaron Donald made it cool to be an inside guy and get 10 sacks. It’s very attainable and I don’t expect anything less from myself. I think that’s a goal of mine that I can reach. I’m going to try and reach it.”
Playing in Vic Fangio’s pass rush-friendly defense, Jones might have a realistic shot of approaching double-digit sacks. With Von Miller and Bradley Chubb drawing attention on the outside, Jones will have many one-on-one situations that make it easier to get to the quarterback.
“It’s good having a head coach that pays attention to defense,” Jones said of Fangio. “It makes it better for you. With his schemes, it really opens things up and it allows us to get the opportunities. He’s really big on stunts and finding the matchups to be able to win. Overall, I think Coach has done a great job of molding us into his defense and making us good.”
Jones has recorded 10 sacks through his first 27 games in the NFL. He’ll aim to match that total in the NFL’s first-ever 17-game season this fall.