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George Karlaftis

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22 yrs


6'4'' / 263 lbs




Makes strides in sophomore campaign

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-18

Karlaftis compiled 47 tackles (29 solo) and 10.5 sacks over 16 games during the 2023 regular season.

Karlaftis displayed some signs of a breakout down the stretch of the 2022 campaign, amassing all 6.5 sacks over the final nine games of the campaign, and he didn't let his foot off the gas in year two, reaching double digits in the sacks column despite sitting out the regular-season finale against the Bengals. He's only in his second year of a four or, most likely, five-year rookie deal with the fifth-year option for first-round picks, and Karlaftis should be an annual candidate for double-digit sacks.

Weekly Stats 2022

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Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

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Career Stats by Season: 2022 to 2022

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Will suit up Week 18

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-07

Karlaftis (rest) is active for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Karlaftis will suit up for the Chiefs' regular-season finale. However, with the team locked into the third seed in the AFC, he'll likely see limited action Sunday, if any at all. He has 47 tackles (29 solo), including 10.5 sacks, and a forced fumble over the first 16 games of the season.

Questionable for Week 18

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-05

Karlaftis (rest) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Karlaftis was a full participant at practice Friday, but his availability for Week 18 is in doubt nonetheless. The Chiefs are already locked into the AFC's third seed, so it would make some sense for them to rest Karlaftis on Sunday.

Adds to sack count in win

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-01

Karlaftis finished Sunday's 25-17 win over the Bengals with five tackles (four solo), including 1.5 sacks.

Both of Karlaftis' sacks came in the fourth quarter. His first was split with Charles Omenihu for a seven-yard loss, and Karlaftis got a sack of his own on Jake Browning with less than two minutes to go in the game that helped seal the win for the Chiefs. Karlaftis has a team-leading 10.5 sacks over 16 games this season and is tied for 16th in the league in that category.

Logs another sack in win

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-28

Karlaftis recorded three total tackles (all solo), including one sack and one tackle for loss in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Raiders.

The 2022 first-round pick has now recorded eight sacks through Kansas City's first 11 games, overtaking Chris Jones as the team's leader in that category. Karlaftis started all 17 games for the Chiefs during his rookie season, and he's already bested his 2022 totals in sacks, tackles, and forced fumbles thus far. The 22-year-old seems like a budding star, and he's expected to continue wreaking havoc for Kansas City's defense for the remainder of the season.

Career day in loss to Broncos

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-31

Karlaftis recorded seven tackles (four solo), 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble during Sunday's loss to the Broncos.

Karlaftis had a career day during Sunday's road loss at Denver, highlighted by a strip-sack of Russell Wilson just before the end of the first half. The 2022 first-round pick has already tied his rookie year sack total, emerging as a legitimate threat for opposing O-lines that opt to double cover Chris Jones. He will work to keep his momentum up versus the Dolphins in Germany in Week 9.

Active Thursday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-12

Karlaftis (hamstring) is listed as active Thursday night against the Broncos.

The second-year pro was a limited participant in practices earlier in the week and carried a questionable tag into the contest. While Karlaftis is available Thursday, he could be on something of a snap count, per Jeremy Fowler of The 2022 first-round pick has 15 tackles, four quarterback hits, two sacks and one pass defensed in five starts this season.

Questionable for Thursday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-11

Karlaftis (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against Denver.

The Chiefs listed Karlaftis as a limited practice participant Monday through Wednesday, after he handled his normal workload (79 percent snap share) in a 27-20 win over the Vikings on Sunday. The 2022 first-round pick has 48 tackles and eight sacks through 22 regular-season games (all starts), and an absence Thursday night would free up DE snaps for Felix Anudike-Uzomah and/or Malik Herring.

Productive in win

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-18

Karlaftis recorded four tackles and 1.5 sacks in Sunday's 17-9 win at Jacksonville.

Trevor Lawrence was sacked four times in Week 2, and Karlaftis got in on the action, collecting 1.5 sacks of his own. The sophomore defensive end turned things up a notch towards the end of the 2022 season, and that play has carried into 2023, at least so far. If he keeps up the pace, he'll be a hot option in the IDP market by the end of the year.

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