New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan has had a tough go of it in his first few years in the league, not from a production standpoint, but based on the fact he has had to play in different systems and his body has had to adapt accordingly.
Jordan lost weight last year but has now bulked back up to over 290 in an effort to fit into a unique role with the Saints next season.
According to Mike Triplett of NOLA.com, the Saints intend to use Jordan in a similar manner as to how the Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt:
Watt, another 2011 first-round draft pick, became a breakout star last season at the usually unglamorous 3-4 end position with an astounding 20.5 sacks, plus four forced fumbles and 16 pass defenses. He was voted the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
But Payton did make the comparison that like Watt, Jordan will be versatile enough to use as an every-down player, even when the Saints rotate into a variety of packages that sometimes include only one or two down linemen.
Anyone coming close to the historic campaign Watt had a year ago is tough to imagine, including Watt himself. That said, the Saints have a speical player in Jordan that can stay on the field at all times and make a difference.
Jordan may not perform like Watt, but he could be the breakout player of the year in New Orleans.
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