Kansas City Chiefs pass rusher Chris Jones says Frank Clark is a changed man this season and notes that he’s “completely transformed.”
Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones made an appearance on NFL Network’s training camp broadcast in St. Joseph today. Much of the conversation was centered around improvements to the defensive line, and Jones took a moment to give major kudos to one teammate in particular, Frank Clark.
Clark, who has made the Pro Bowl in each of his three seasons in Kansas City, will be playing in his age 29 season in 2022. Last offseason he came into camp looking a bit heavier than usual, and was condemned by fans throughout the season for sluggish energy.
It would seem as if the veteran defensive end took that personally and used it as fuel to transform himself in the offseason. Chris Jones continued in his interview to point out just how differently Clark is looking physically.
Clark was listed as 6-foot-3 and 261 pounds on the roster last year. If he’s heading into the ‘22 campaign closer to 225 pounds, Chiefs Kingdom can expect to see a new gear from the star edge rusher.
The Chiefs’ defense as a whole has struggled in the first half of every season since 2018 and has seemed to hit stride around week 8 or 9. Largely in part, each year, to a rejuvenation of Frank Clark. He earned his nickname, “The Shark,” during the Super Bowl LIV run in 2020 for claiming to “smell blood in the water” when the Chiefs were putting comebacks on display week after week.
A completely transformed Frank Clark alongside a young, ambitious George Karlaftis and a seemingly hungry Carlos Dunlap in 2022 could lead to a complete transformation of Kansas City’s defensive reputation.
With the offense revamped and the defense featuring so much youth, right now would be the perfect time for a veteran pass rush to take control and flip the script from the Chiefs leaning on Mahomes to the defense taking control.