Defensive line will be the strength of 2020 New Orleans Saints

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 21: Cameron Jordan
NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 21: Cameron Jordan /

Cameron Jordan and Marcus Davenport will headline what should be a stellar defensive line for the New Orleans Saints, the reigning NFC South champions.

The New Orleans Saints will have an active offseason in the near future, but it’s never too early to go ahead and look forward to the new year.

Headlined by Drew Brees’ return and a potential move for Taysom Hill, the Saints’ defensive line doesn’t typically get the credit that it deserves. With Cameron Jordan and Marcus Davenport locked up for next year, the Saints will return one of the league’s most dynamic pass rush.

Jordan put up a career-high 15.5 sacks in 2019.

Playing in all 16 games, Jordan’s season is only rivaled by his elite 2017 campaign in which he notched more passes defended and more tackles. However, from a pass rush perspective, 2019 was just about as good as it gets.

It’s not just Jordan though.

While he should be ready for a new year after his third-straight Pro Bowl performance, Jordan is just one of several pieces that make this pass rush elite. Per the team’s depth chart, he joins Sheldon Rankins, Marcus Davenport, and Malcom Brown as the starting front four.

Davenport, who missed the team’s last few games and their Wild Card loss to Minnesota, was out with a significant foot injury. He’s expected to be back for the start of next season. Rankins also missed several games in 2019, playing in just ten games and not recording a single start.

However, this team is coming back just as strong as ever, and their front four will be a crucial factor in their success. Looking to repeat as NFC South champions, the team’s defensive line notched the third-most sacks in the league.

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Jordan alone was 7.5 sacks shy of taking the quarterback down more than the entire Miami Dolphins. He was that dominant. The front as a whole was a force, and in 2020, they’ll hopefully get the credit they deserve.