— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) November 17, 2020
There aren’t many NFL players with more energy than Cameron Jordan. The big New Orleans Saints defense end ties the team lead in pressures (31), per Pro Football Focus, but he’s maybe the chirpiest of his teammates. Jordan was recently highlighted in a cutup from NFL Films, when he was playing against the San Francisco 49ers.
No stranger to the spotlight, Jordan hasn’t made as many impact plays in 2020 as is usually expected of him, despite the high pressure totals. He’s notched just 2.5 sacks through 9 games this season after collecting 15.5, 12, and 13 sacks in the last three years. Sacks are a high-variance stat in the NFL, but it’s still odd that he hasn’t had more success in that area after being so consistent.
The good news is he has games coming up against some of the worst pass-blocking offensive lines around the NFL. First up are the Atlanta Falcons (who Jordan racked up four sacks against on Thanksgiving Day last year), tied for 18th in sack rate relative to dropbacks at 5.1%; he’ll face the 13th-ranked Denver Broncos (6.3%) and NFL-worst Philadelphia Eagles (9.2%) with a rematch against the Falcons sandwiched in-between. There’s plenty of time for him to get back to his usual self.
But it’s disquieting that Jordan is still struggling deep into the season. His Pro Football Focus pass rush productivity rating (measuring per-snap quarterback pressures created) is the lowest since his forgettable 2014 season. Maybe the emergence of Marcus Davenport and Trey Hendrickson can help take some attention away from him and create more favorable mismatches down the stretch, and into the playoffs.
#Saints DE Cameron Jordan’s yearly pass rush productivity rating, per PFF:
— John Sigler (@john_siglerr) November 17, 2020