Cameron Jordan, Defensive End
Jordan has been one of the most steady performers on the New Orleans Saints defense since being drafted in 2011. Jordan earned his first Pro Bowl in 2013 when he and Junior Galette helped the Saints secure a spot in the playoffs. They both had double-digit sack totals, with Jordan notching an impressive 12.5 sacks and 4 passes defended.
The Saints overall defense has regressed dramatically since then. Galette is gone, and so is the once 4th overall defense. Despite that, Jordan continues to play on a high level. In 2014 and 2015, Jordan had a combined 17.5 sacks and 10 passes defended. In turn, this earned him an invite to the 2016 Pro Bowl as one of the best defensive ends in the entire league.
So, what can Jordan do in 2016? The signing of James Laurinaitis should help him significantly. His presence will move second-year linebacker Stephone Anthony to the outside linebacker spot, allowing Hau’oli Kikaha to move to the opposite defensive end spot. If Kikaha can prove himself as an every down player and be disruptive in the process, then Jordan would be more effective at getting to the quarterback.
Furthermore, the acquisitions of Sheldon Rankins and Nick Fairley should create more attention from blockers, allowing Jordan to rush his way to the passer even more than in previous years.
Jordan made the Pro Bowl with a wretched Saints defense in 2015, so he should have every opportunity to make it back-to-back in 2016.
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