New Orleans Saints: Cameron Jordan deserves more national spotlight
The New Orleans Saints’ star defensive end Cameron Jordan deserves far more national spotlight than he’s currently getting.
After a four-sack performance on Thanksgiving, New Orleans Saints’ defensive end Cameron Jordan jumped into the NFL’s leader in sacks. At 13.5, Jordan already has a career-high with four games still remaining.
He’s been terrific in his ninth season in the league. The 30-year-old may be playing the best football of his career, and it’s coming at the right time as the team is about to embark on the season’s home stretch.
Jordan isn’t oftentimes noted as one of the league’s best defensive ends. In his third straight season with ten-plus sacks, Jordan has been nominated as an All-Pro just once and as a Pro Bowler four times.
That said, Jordan is disrespected as a top-tier DE in the NFC.
After all, it took him literally setting an NFL record to gain more internet traction than the Bears’ Khalil Mack, who has just 6.5 sacks on the season. Mack has topped Jordan according to Google trends for over five straight months, rating each one by a respective week.
Jordan’s not even a top-two leader in Pro-Bowl voting for defensive ends, as both Bosa brothers top the charts. As for the 49ers’ Nick Bosa, the one in the NFC, he has just 8.0 sacks and 36 combined sacks. Jordan has 13.5 and 44.
The fact that Bosa has more Defensive Player of the Weeks and is talked about more has many thinking he may be the best defensive end in the NFC. He may be, but Jordan certainly needs to be in the conversation.
While he doesn’t have the Mack-like speed, Jordan is just a unique blend of explosiveness and strength. At 6-foot-4, Jordan is an absolute tank and has continued to be a dynamic part of this defense even into his 30s.
Jordan has thrived this season and deserves more attention around the NFL universe.