Tony Jefferson
Tony Jefferson
27-Year-Old SafetyS
Baltimore Ravens
Injury Ankle
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Jefferson's first two years in Baltimore haven't quite lived up to the standard he set in his final year in Arizona when he racked up 96 tackles and established himself as one of the top box safeties in the league. He's gone for 79 and 74 tackles over the last two years, respectively, appearing in 30 of a possible 32 games. Jefferson has a new compatriot in the defensive backfield in Earl Thomas, who is replacing Eric Weddle. Thomas is younger and more athletic than Weddle, which will allow him to play a more rangy, center field brand of free safety and free up Jefferson to hunt the ball carrier in the box. Jefferson figures to be a fringe top-30 defensive back in IDP formats who relies on racking up tackles more than creating turnovers to bolster his value. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $34 million contract with the Ravens in March of 2017.
Spotted at practice
SBaltimore Ravens
June 11, 2019
Jefferson (ankle) was a limited participant for Tuesday's practice during minicamp, Jamison Hensley of reports.
This was the first time Jefferson had practiced during team activities in any fashion since undergoing ankle surgery in January. This is a positive sign for the safety's availability heading into training camp, but neither the team nor Jefferson has committed to a definitive timeline for a full return. A healthy Jefferson is expected to form one of the best safety tandems on paper in the league with Earl Thomas for 2019.
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How do Tony Jefferson's measurables compare to other safeties?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 11"
211 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.75 sec
Bench Press
16 reps
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Billed as one of the top IDP defensive backs coming into 2017, Jefferson's first season in Baltimore was something of a disappointment. His tackle volume dropped from 96 to 79 and his solo tackle count was 56, which ranked 30th among safeties. Jefferson is entering his age-26 season and his second year in Baltimore, so a bounce-back is in play. The strength of Jefferson's game is his run support, so even with a new defensive coordinator in the fold, he'll still be put in spots where he can be a reliable source of tackles. It'll be tough for him to match his career-year in 2016 with the Cardinals, but an improvement from what he showed in 2017 is certainly in play, which makes him a viable IDP defensive back.
Jefferson was a productive player in college at Oklahoma but went undrafted in 2013 after testing poorly in pre-draft workouts. If his four years in Arizona were any indication, this is a case of a player whose film was much more insightful than his 40 time. Jefferson served as one of Arizona's lead defensive backs over the last three years, including a breakout 2016 season in which he nearly hit triple-digit tackles. After joining an improved Baltimore defense this offseason, Jefferson should plug in for more of the same.
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 and special teams the last two years, Jefferson totaled 157 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions while playing 1,436 snaps. Playing on perhaps the best-schemed defense in the league, there's reason to think Jefferson could hold a good amount of IDP upside if he could push for the 900-snap range on defense. It's hard to see how he wouldn't get those snaps.
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.
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Opens OTAs on sidelines
SBaltimore Ravens
May 23, 2019
Head coach John Harbaugh said Jefferson (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Jamison Hensley of reports.
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Building rapport with Earl Thomas
SBaltimore Ravens
April 17, 2019
Jefferson (ankle) has spent extensive time working out with free-agent pickup and secondary mate Earl Thomas this offseason, Sean Grogan of the Cecil Whig reports. "I got a chance to work out with him before we had the voluntary team workouts in one-on-one sessions," Jefferson said of Thomas. "I can tell you he's a real serious guy, but he also has a lighter side to him, too."
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Gets surgery on ankle
SBaltimore Ravens
January 25, 2019
Jefferson recently had ankle surgery and is expected to require 4-to-6 weeks for recovery, Jamison Hensley of reports.
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Cornerstone of secondary
SBaltimore Ravens
January 17, 2019
Jefferson recorded 74 tackles (53 solo), six passes defensed, one interception, one sack and a forced fumble across 14 games in the 2018 season.
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Suiting up Week 15
SBaltimore Ravens
December 16, 2018
Jefferson (ankle) is active for Sunday's Week 15 tilt against the Buccaneers.
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