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ELITE COMPANY: Saints Defensive End Cam Jordan Listed Among NFL’s “Unblockable” Pass Rushers for the Upcoming 2018 Season

For what feels like many years now, 8th year New Orleans Saints All-Pro defensive end Cam Jordan seemingly has been overlooked time and time again for consideration by the National Media covering the NFL, with regard to where he has been ranked among the League's premier pass rushers.

Jordan has been an absolute beast since coming into the NFL; and when it comes to chasing down and sacking opposing NFL quarterbacks: he has been nearly unblockable.

Ever since New Orleans drafted Cam Jordan out of the University of California in the 1st round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the elite edge rusher has become one of the best defensive players in the NFL.

Blessed with a rare combination of size, speed, finesse, and raw brute strength, Jordan has been an absolute terror in recent seasons; while tormenting offensive lines and showing absolutely zero signs of slowing down anytime soon.

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This off-season, the Saints did a lot to help Jordan out when it comes to the pass rush, drafting top-rated small-school edge rusher Marcus Davenport in the 2018 NFL Draft, while re-signing 6th year veteran Alex Okafor to a 2-year deal.

The additions on defense for the upcoming 2018 season are only going to help Jordan (who turns age 29 this Tuesday), although it goes without saying that he has done more than fine on his own, prior to that.

In his seven years wearing the Black and Gold up to this point, Jordan has been a nightmare for opposing offensive linemen and quarterbacks. He has 59.5 career sacks and nine forced fumbles.

He had a career season last year in 2017, racking up a career-high 13.0 sacks, 14 QB "hits", and a remarkable 11 passes defensed / batted down. He even added a defensive touchdown.

Photo courtesy of Michael DeMocker, The New Orleans Times-Picayune

Additionally according to Pro Football Focus: Jordan had 74 total pressures during the regular season (and it was also the 3rd straight year that he has recorded at least 50 hurries, as well), before adding another 13 in the playoffs and dominating the Minnesota Vikings in the Divisional Round of the 2017 NFL Playoffs — only for him and the Saints defense to fall victim to the heart-breaking last second ‘Minneapolis Miracle.’

And now after last year's Pro Bowl selection in the very same season in which he was also named an NFL All-Pro 1st-team player, Jordan may FINALLY be getting his due.

Already considered an early 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidate after finishing with ONLY one vote for the award last year, the universally beloved player among 'Who Dats' seemingly has become unstoppable, and a few days ago the folks over at Bleacher Report gave him some long-awaited recognition for his efforts.

The media outlet named Jordan the #5 player in the NFL when it comes to being "unblockable".

Cam Jordan

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And while there can be a compelling argument that he should have been ranked even higher, the fact that Jordan finally has began "cracking" the Top 5 on many of these types of lists this off-season, is a very encouraging sign for those who feel the Saints franchise is constantly ignored or overlooked by National Media "talking heads".

Here's what Bleacher Report NFL (and former Sports Illustrated) writer Doug Farrar said about Jordan specifically: 

Ranked ahead of Jordan on the list: Cameron Hayward of the Steelers at #4, Von Miller of the Broncos at #3, Khalil Mack of the Raiders at #2, and the consensus #1 ranked defensive player in the NFL by an overwhelming amount of those who cover the League: 2017 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

While both Jordan and Saints fans will certainly take these types of lists and articles with the proverbial "grain of salt", let's be clear here: even when he wasn’t taking down the quarterback last year, Cam Jordan was wreaking absolute havoc against opposing NFL O-Linemen (and quarterbacks); and his remarkable stat of 11 passes defended or having been knocked / batted down, are a testament to that very fact.

Cam Jordan rushes Winston

Photo courtesy of The New Orleans Times-Picayune

He now has to be considered among the NFL's elite pass rushers (and yes: he's certainly "unblockable"), although Saints fans have already known that for several years now.

Cam Jordan has really come into his own as one of the NFL’s best players PERIOD — and he'll be leading the way in the upcoming weeks and months that lie ahead, for a very much-improved Saints defensive unit of the past year that will have Super Bowl aspirations come late January......

Big Easy Magazine contributing writer and Saints News Network columnist Barry Hirstius is a 51-year old semi-retired journalist, former New Orleans-area sports editor, and writer previously with several sites that exclusively cover the New Orleans Saints football team. Additionally, he is a recurring guest on a variety of local Sports Talk Radio programs. Barry is also a New Orleans native who grew up as a fan of the team while attending games as a young boy at the old Tulane Stadium in the early 1970’s, originally following and now covering the team for a span of over 40 plus years. And perhaps most importantly of all: he is the Grandfather of two beautiful young girls, Jasmine and Serenity.....

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