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…