Originally written on CLNS Radio  |  Last updated 11/10/14
It has served as an indicator for what the rest of a player’s career will look like. In 2011, J.J. Watt posted 56 tackles and 5.5 sacks in his rookie campaign. That same season, Jason Pierre-Paul recorded 86 tackles and 16.6 sacks, good enough for fourth best in the NFL. The previous season, as a rookie, the South Florida product registered 30 tackles and just 4.5 sacks. Watt followed his first year in the league with a breakout season similar to Pierre-Paul’s. This past season, the Texans defensive end led the NFL with 20.5 sacks, while contributing 81 tackles and four forced fumbles. Year two is expected to be the season when players put it all together. A player’s sophomore season reflects his work ethic, commitment and how strong of a desire he has to be great. While Don’t’a Hightower and Chandler Jones will certainly continue to grow after this season, history indicates that this is the year the two will evolve, for the most part, resembling what the rest of their careers will ...
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