DE - KC
Week 3 Outlook
The Kansas City Chiefs have re-signed veteran pass-rusher Alex Okafor to a one-year contract.
Okafor returns for his third straight season in Kansas City. He has appeared in 21 games while making nine starts over the last two years, logging eight sacks, 38 tackles, and two forced fumbles in the process. The 30-year-old was a fourth-round pick of the Cardinals in 2014. In between his stints with Arizona and Kansas City, Okafor spent two years with the New Orleans Saints.
Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Alex Okafor has been ruled out for Monday Night Football against the Baltimore Ravens.
Okafor played just 10 snaps this season before going down with a hamstring injury. The presumptive starter across from Frank Clark when Chris Jones is in the middle, Okafor being absent is a plus for Lamar Jackson and the Ravens passing game.
Alex Okafor contributed to a dominant showing by the Kansas City defense, finishing with four solo tackles, two TFLs, two sacks, three QB hits, and a forced fumble.
Okafor was one of many Chief defenders who had a stellar performance, as he recorded two of the eight sacks against Joe Flacco. However, this also proved to be Okafor's first double-digit fantast output of the season, so it may have been due to a weak Denver offense rather than a sign of things to come.
The Saints are paying defensive end Alex Okafor his $400,000 bonus despite falling one sack short of his five sack incentive.
Okafor expressed his gratitude for the classy move by the Saints Wednesday. “The Saints have given me opportunities since I got here, and I’m just blessed and grateful that they still believe in me and are taking care of me the way they are,” Okafor said, via Luke Johnson of The Times-Picayune. Okafor missed practice Wednesday after hyperextending his knee in Sunday’s loss to the Panthers but he says he will be ready to go for next week’s playoff game. “Everything’s fine,” Okafor said. “It’s not too serious, I plan on practicing next week. That’s the goal right now.”
Both defensive lineman Alex Okafor and Sheldon Rankins have now recorded sacks in two straight contests. In the win over Philadelphia Okafor recorded his third on the season as Rankins has hit a season and career high of six.
As for IDP owners going forward, Rankins should remain a DL2 type depending on matchups. And Okafor offers upside but likely only as a depth player as his time on the field will hinge on rookie defensive end Marcus Davenport (toe) returning over the next couple of weeks.