We’re back after a quiet weekend (hey, there wasn’t even Aaron Hernandez news!) in the world of the New Orleans Saints, and there are a few things to point out that the national media are saying about your favorite team.
Let’s take a look.
Per Dave Cariello:
The only major effort by the Saints to improve at the tight end position this off-season was, quite simply, to replace David Thomas with former Cleveland Browns TE Benjamin Watson, a definite upgrade in my opinion. Which is why I expect the 2013 tight ends corps to perform better than last year.
While so many Saints players took a step back last season, Jordan was by far the highest riser on this list. Jordan tallied a team-high eight sacks last year from a variety of positions (tackle, end and wide end in goal-line looks). But he’s even better as a run defender. That versatility should make Jordan a perfect fit as a 3-4 end, which he also played in college at Cal.
Jordan is physical at the point of attack. But even more than that, he’s athletic and relentless. Many of his run stops came when he chased ball carriers across the field and caught them from behind. Jordan had 67 tackles last season. And according to Pro Football Focus, he was the third-best run defender among 4-3 ends in the NFL.
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