Cameron Jordan

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Cameron Jordan
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Jordan in 2012
No. 94 – New Orleans Saints
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1989-07-10) July 10, 1989 (age 29)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 287 lb (130 kg)
Career information
High school: Chandler (AZ)
College: California
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2017
Total tackles: 361
Sacks: 59.5
Pass deflections: 42
Interceptions: 2
Forced fumbles: 9
Defensive touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Cameron Tyler Jordan (born July 10, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at California, and was drafted by the Saints in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.[1]

High school career[edit]

Jordan was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of former Minnesota Vikings tight end Steve Jordan. He attended Chandler High School in Chandler, Arizona, where he was a two-sport star in football and track for the Chandler Wolves. In football, he earned All-State honors his senior year after registering 85 tackles and 17.5 quarterback sacks. Regarded as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Jordan was listed as the #37 strongside defensive end of the class of 2007.[2]

Also an outstanding track & field athlete, Jordan was one of the state's top performers in the discus throw. He captured the state title in the discus at the 2007 5A I State Meet, recording a top-throw of 53.54 meters (175 ft 7 in), while also placing 10th in the shot put event, with a throw of 14.01 meters (45 ft, 11 in).[3]

College career[edit]

Jordan during his tenure at Cal in August 2010

Jordan primarily played defensive end for the University of California at Berkeley. He was coached by head coach Jeff Tedford and defensive coordinator Bob Gregory. He played in 50 of 51 possible games and made 32 starts at Cal from 2007-10. Jordan achieved honorable mention All-American (Pro Football Weekly) and first-team All-Pac-10 choice as a senior in 2010 after two consecutive honorable mention All-Pac-10 campaigns in 2008 and 2009.

He finished his collegiate career with 175 tackles, while adding 34.0 tackles for loss (-122 yards) and 16.5 sacks (-89 yards) to rank just outside the school's all-time top 10 in each of the latter two categories. He also had one interception that he returned for three yards, five pass breakups, four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries that he returned for a total of 41 yards and two touchdowns.[4]

Professional career[edit]

On January 29, 2011, Jordan played in the 2011 Senior Bowl and was part of Marvin Lewis's North team that lost 24-10 to the South. His overall performance during Senior Bowl practice helped his draft stock and made him a definitive first round pick in the upcoming draft.[5] Jordan attended the NFL Scouting Combine and performed all of the combine and positional drills.

“He gives you a lot of scheme versatility. He had a great year, a great Senior Bowl and a great combine. If Cameron Jordan went in the top 10, nobody would rip that pick based on the way he played and how he performed at the two key venues.”[6]

Mel Kiper Jr.

On March 9, 2011, he participated at Cal's pro day, but opted to stand on his combine numbers and only performed defensive end drills. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Jordan was projected to be a first round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked as the second best defensive end prospect in the draft by DraftScout.com and Sports Illustrated and was ranked the third best defensive end in the draft by NFL analysts Gil Brandt and Brian Billick.[7][8][9]

External video
Cameron Jordan's NFL Combine Workout
NFL Combine Interview: Cameron Jordan
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 4 18 in
(1.93 m)
287 lb
(130 kg)
35 in
(0.89 m)
11 18 in
(0.28 m)
4.78 s 1.64 s 2.72 s 4.37 s 7.07 s 31 in
(0.79 m)
9 ft 9 in
(2.97 m)
25 reps x
All values from NFL Combine[10]

2011[edit]

The New Orleans Saints selected Jordan in the first round (24th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.[11] Jordan was the fifth defensive end drafted in 2011, behind J. J. Watt, Robert Quinn, Ryan Kerrigan, and Adrian Clayborn.

External video
Saints draft Cameron Jordan 24th overall
First Draft: Cameron Jordan
NFL Draft Profile: Cameron Jordan

On August 2, 2011, the New Orleans Saints signed Jordan to a four-year, $7.73 million contract that includes $6.30 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $4.12 million.[12][13]

Jordan entered training camp slated as a starter, but saw competition for his job after the Saints signed veteran free agent Turk McBride. Head coach Sean Payton named Jordan and Turk McBride the starting defensive ends to begin the regular season after Will Smith was suspended for the first two games of the regular season.[14][15][16]

He made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the New Orleans Saints' season-opener at the Green Bay Packers and made three combined tackles in their 42–34 loss. Jordan made his first career tackle on running back Ryan Grant and ended a four-yard rush on the opening drive.[17] On October 16, 2011, Jordan collected a season-high six combined tackles in the Saints' 26–20 loss at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6.[18] On January 1, 2012, Jordan recorded three combined tackles and made his first career sack during a 45–17 win against the Carolina Panthers in Week 17. Jordan sacked quarterback Cam Newton for a five-yard loss in the second quarter, but was penalized for a horse collar tackle.[19] Jordan finished his rookie season in 2011 with 31 combined tackles (18 solo), four pass deflections, and a sack in 16 games and 15 starts.[20]

The New Orleans Saints finished first in the NFC South with a 13–3 record and earned a playoff berth. On January 7, 2012, Jordan appeared in his first career playoff game and made one tackle in the Saints' 45–28 victory against the Detroit Lions.[18] The following week, Jordan started in his first career playoff game and made six solo tackles and a pass deflection during a 35–32 loss at the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional Round.[18]

2012[edit]

Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was not re-signed after the 2011 season and was replaced by former St. Louis Rams' head coach Steve Spagnuolo. Spagnuolo retained Jordan and Will Smith as the starting defensive ends to begin the regular season.[21] He started in the New Orleans Saints' season-opener against the Washington Redskins and collected a season-high 11 combined tackles (six solo) in their 40–32 loss. In Week 9, Jordan made seven combined tackles and a season-high three sacks on quarterback Michael Vick during a 28–13 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles. Jordan also forced a fumble while sacking Michael Vick for a 12-yard loss on the Eagles' opening drive.[22] Jordan started in all 16 games in 2012 and had a career-high 67 combined tackles (41 solo), eight pass deflections, three sacks, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.[20] The New Orleans Saints finished with a 7–9 record in 2012. Head coach Sean Payton was suspended for the entire season due to the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal.

2013[edit]

On January 24, 2013, the New Orleans Saints fired defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo after the defense allowed a NFL record 7,042 total yards in 2012.[23] Head coach Sean Payton also announced that the defense would transition to a base 3-4 defense.[24] During the draft, NFL analyst Mike Mayock stated Jordan was better suited to play in a 3-4 defensive alignment.[5] Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan named Jordan and Akiem Hicks the starting defensive ends to begin the regular season, alongside nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley.[25]

On September 15, 2013, he collected a season-high six combined tackles and a sack in the Saints' 16–14 win at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In Week 3, Jordan made four combined tackles and had two sacks on Cardinals' quarterback Carson Palmer during a 31–7 victory against the Arizona Cardinals.[26] On November 21, 2013, Jordan tied his season-high of six combined tackles, had a season-high of 2.5 sacks, and deflected a pass in the Saints' 17–13 win at the Atlanta Falcons. On December 27, 2013, Jordan was selected to appear in the 2014 Pro Bowl, which became his first Pro Bowl selection.[27] Jordan started in all 16 games in 2013 and made 47 combined tackles (29 solo), 12.5 sacks, four pass deflections, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.[20]

The New Orleans Saints finished second in the NFC South with an 11–5 record and earned a wildcard berth. On January 4, 2014, Jordan made four combined tackles and had 1.5 sacks on quarterback Nick Foles in the Saints' 26–24 victory at the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Wildcard Game.[28] The following week, he made six combined tackles and sacked Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson during a 23–15 loss at the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Divisional Round.[29]

2014[edit]

Head coach Sean Payton retained Jordan, Akiem Hicks, and Broderick Bunkley as the starting defensive line in 2014.[30] In Week 8, Jordan recorded three combined tackles and made a season-high two sacks on quarterback Aaron Rodgers during a 44–23 win against the Green Bay Packers. On November 30, 2014, Jordan made a season-high six combined tackles, a pass deflection, a sack, and made his first career interception in the Saints' 35–32 victory at the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 13. Jordan intercepted a pass by Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, that was originally intended for wide receiver Markus Wheaton, and returned it for a six-yard gain in the third quarter.[31] In Week 17, he collected a season-high six combined tackles and made 1.5 sacks on quarterback Josh McCown in the Saints' 23–20 victory at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[32] He started all 16 games in 2014 and finisbed with 51 combined tackles (32 solo), 7.5 sacks, five passes defensed, and an interception.[20]

2015[edit]

On June 2, 2015, the New Orleans Saints signed Jordan to a five-year, $55 million contract with $33.46 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $15 million. His contract also includes $22.69 million guaranteed at signing, performance incentives, and an potential opt-out in 2019.[12]

During training camp, the New Orleans Saints switched their base defense to a 4-3 defense. Head coach Sean Payton also labeled Jordan a "Jack linebacker" in his defensive end role.[33] Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan named Jordan and Akiem Hicks the starting defensive ends to start the 2015 regular season, along with defensive tackle John Jenkins and Kevin Williams.[34] On November 16, 2015, the New Orleans Saints fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and promoted defensive assistant Dennis Allen to defensive coordinator in his place. Ryan's defense allowed the fourth most points in 2014 and allowed an average of 31.5 points per a game in the Saints' first six games of 2015.[35] On October 15, 2015, Jordan collected a season-high six combined tackles, forced a fumble, and made a season-high three sacks on quarterback Matt Ryan during a 31–21 victory against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 6. The following week, he made two solo tackles and two sacks in the Saints' 27–21 win at the Indianapolis Colts in Week 7. Jordan started in 16 games in 2015 and finished the season with 45 combined tackles (32 solo), ten sacks,five pass deflections, two fumble recoveries, and a forced fumble.[20][36]

On January 26, 2016, the New Orleans Saints announced that Jordan had been selected to play in the 2016 Pro Bowl as an injury replacement for New England Patriots' defensive end Chandler Jones.[37] He was ranked 99th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016 and was named a 2015 Pro Football Focus second-team All-Pro..[38] [39]

2016[edit]

Jordan retained his starting defensive end job along with a revamped defensive line that included, Paul Kruger and defensive tackles Tyeler Davison and Nick Fairley.[40] In Week 10, Jordan collected a season-high nine combined tackles and a sack during a 25–23 loss to the Denver Broncos. He started in all 16 games and made 58 combined tackles (40 solo), 7.5 sacks, six pass deflections, and a forced fumble.[20] Pro Football Focus gave Jordan an overall grade of 92.1 and ranked third among all edge rushers in 2016.[41]

2017[edit]

Head coach Sean Payton named Jordan and Alex Okafor the starting defensive ends to begin the regular season, along with defensive tackles Tyeler Davison and Sheldon Rankins.[42]

On September 11, 2017, Jordan made four combined tackles, a pass deflection, and a sack in the Saints' 29–19 loss at the Minnesota Vikings. His sack brought his career total to 47.5 sacks, which was enough to surpass Charles Grant as eighth in franchise history.[43] On October 15, 2017, Jordan made four combined tackles, two sacks, and made an interception for his first career touchdown during a 52–38 win against the Detroit Lions in Week 6. Jordan intercepted a pass by quarterback Matthew Stafford, that was originally intended for tight end Eric Ebron, and scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter. His performance against the Lions earned him NFC Defensive Player of the Week.[44] On November 5, 2017, he collected a season-high seven combined tackles and 1.5 sacks during a 30–10 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On December 19, 2017, Jordan was selected to the 2018 Pro Bowl, marking the third selection of his career.[45] He started all 16 games and made 62 combined tackles (48 solo), a career-high 13 sacks, 11 pass deflections, two forced fumbles, an interception, and a touchdown.[20] Jordan earned an overall grade of 96.2 from Pro Football Focus, which was the highest grade among all qualifying edge rushers in 2017.[46]

NFL statistics[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2011 NO 16 31 18 13 1.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
2012 NO 16 67 41 26 8.0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2013 NO 16 47 29 18 12.5 2 2 11 0 0 0 0 0 4
2014 NO 16 51 32 19 7.5 0 1 0 1 6 6 6 0 5
2015 NO 16 45 32 13 10.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
2016 NO 16 58 40 18 7.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
2017 NO 16 62 48 14 13.0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 12
Career 112 361 240 121 59.5 9 7 11 2 6 6.0 6 1 39

[47]

Personal life[edit]

Jordan's father, Steve, was a tight end and played 13 years in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings.[48]

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