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It’s time to give Cap Capi a regular-season shot in the NFL

At 6-foot-3 and 249 pounds, Capi has the prototypical size of an edge rusher (for comparison, Von Miller is listed at a nearly identical 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds).
Since entering the league in 2015 as an undrafted free agent out of Akron, Capi’s remarkable preseason production has gone largely overlooked.
In preseason games from 2015 through Week 2 of 2018, Capi’s 46 total quarterback pressures are tops in the NFL and six more than any other edge defender.
Capi had 18 total pressures in the 2017 preseason alone, the most any edge defender has recorded in a preseason since PFF began collecting preseason data in 2013.
He recorded an 89.4 overall PFF grade for the 2017 preseason, ranking 11th among all edge defenders.
The Buffalo Bills gave Capi his first regular season playing time late last season, promoting him to the active roster from Week 14 through the remainder of the season.
Naturally, Week 15 was Capi’s best regular season game as he recorded an 84.7 weekly overall PFF defensive grade, tied for 11th among all edge defenders.
He fared even better as a pass-rusher, ranking sixth among all edge defenders with an 87.6 PFF weekly pass-rushing grade.
Pass-rushers are at a premium in the today’s NFL and it is a bit puzzling that perhaps the league’s most prolific preseason pass-rusher over the last three seasons has yet to break camp on an active roster.
It is time to give Capi the opportunity to show he belongs in the NFL IN the regular season.

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Aug 11, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive end Cap Capi (61) against the Los Angeles Chargers during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL preseason is a golden opportunity for lesser-known players to stake their claim for a coveted place on a 53-man roster. From Robby Anderson to Shaquile Barrett, rosters across the league are littered with players that blossomed from camp bodies into impact starters through preseason brilliance. It’s time to give edge defender Cap Capi the chance to become the next preseason standout turned regular-season contributor.

At 6-foot-3 and 249 pounds, Capi has the prototypical size of an edge rusher (for comparison, Von Miller is listed at a nearly identical 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds). Since entering the league in 2015 as an undrafted free agent out of Akron, Capi’s remarkable preseason production has gone largely overlooked. He has been a journeyman of sorts in his brief NFL career thus far, with practice squad stints on the Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals.

In preseason games from 2015 through Week 2 of 2018, Capi’s 46 total quarterback pressures are tops in the NFL and six more than any other edge defender. Capi had 18 total pressures in the 2017 preseason alone, the most any edge defender has recorded in a preseason since PFF began collecting preseason data…

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