New Orleans Saints defensive end and two-time Pro Bowl defensive captain, Cameron Jordan, builds CAM-araderie with team trip to NOLA Motorsports Park.
Recently, media outlets reported observing New Orleans Saints defensive players (Bobby Richardson, John Jenkins, Michael Mauti, Obum Gwacham and Tyeler Davison) taking laps at NOLA Motorsports Park, a local Go-Kart racing establishment in nearby Avondale, Louisiana. The ringleader was none other than Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Jordan.
It is not uncommon for the New Orleans Saints to hold team building exercises away from their training facility. In fact, each year head coach Sean Payton has put together some very eventful activities during the last day of training camp (paintball, waterpark, etc.) with the common theme being
getting injured having fun and building camaraderie.
It seems the New Orleans Saints defensive captain has learned a thing or two from his head coach as he was spotted leading a group of potential New Orleans Saints defensive starters on to the track at NOLA Motorsports Park. The one issue, it seems, is this outing does not seem to be sanctioned by the head coach.
It will probably never be reported if Payton was informed of the trip, and he would never admit to being in the dark. The good news is that it seems the New Orleans Saints defense, lead by Cam Jordan, will be a much closer unit this year than they have been in the previous two years. That can only benefit a defense that ranked 31st in total yards allowed in 2014 and 2015.
It is interesting that Jordan, going into his sixth season, would schedule such an event as it has been widely reported that he is still healing from an offseason where he had arthroscopic surgery on his lower back. Not being able to take part in organized team activities (OTAs) doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, right?
At the end of the day, no players were injured and it was certainly a fun time for everyone involved. It is still odd that arguably the best player on what was the worst defense in the NFL in 2015 would risk further injury for a little fun. Maybe next time they can choose a spa day.