Saints: 3 reasons why Cam Jordan can win Defense Player of the Year
By Jake Rajala
Saints’ Cameron Jordan, who recently turned 31 years old, had a monster outing last season by recording a career-high 15.5 sacks.
According to Pro Football Reference, Cameron Jordan’s performance for the improving Saints defense didn’t go unnoticed as he garnered 2nd team All-Pro and earned his 5th Pro Bowl trip.
The Saints edge player who may have won the defensive player of the year in 2017 if Aaron Donald didn’t dominate from the defensive tackle position, looks to improve his sack total, even more going into his 10th season.
Jordan will have plenty of opportunities to improve his craft as he develops with a defense that’s climbed rankings since Dennis Allen took over coordinating in 2015. The days where Jordan easily beat blocks and the quarterback had an open target are long gone.
The Saints’ new secondary should compliment Jordan well this upcoming season.
The team brought in Janoris Jenkins this past season, who had 5 interceptions last season, and forced a fumble and recorded a tackle for loss in the Wild Card playoff game against the Vikings.
There was another Jenkins added to the team. Former Super Bowl champion for the New Orleans Saints and Super Bowl champion for the Philadelphia Eagles, came over to provide playmaking and a veteran presence for the young safety group.
The prolific pass rusher selected to the All-Decade team will look to feast on the new quarterback faces introduced in his division. Six-time Super Bowl champion, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady will be introduced to Cam Jordan.
Saints Wire reported how Cam Jordan said “And the fact that he will be in my division gives me more chances to hit him, hopefully.” Brady won’t be the only player worrying about Jordan twice a year. Panthers quarterback and former Saint Teddy Bridgewater will look to know where his former teammate lines up at all times.
These star-caliber quarterbacks aren’t the only quarterbacks who Cam can sack. Jordan gets to play 2020 Super Bowl MVP, Patrick Mahomes in Week 15, and face former Cal Bear, Aaron Rodgers in Week 3.
Expect Cameron Jordan to have plenty of pass-rushing opportunities in these potential high scoring affairs.
Michael Thomas won the Offensive Player of the Year in 2019. His teammate looks to continue the award trend on the other side of the ball in 2020. Let’s take a look at why 2020 could be the year for Cameron Jordan to earn his first DPOY award.