One of the bright spots for the Saints’ 32nd-ranked defense has been the development of DE Cameron Jordan in his second season.
He has been much more productive as a pass rusher in his first season under defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo — Jordan, who recorded one sack and four QB hits as a rookie, has seven sacks, 11 QB hits and two forced fumbles this season, all team highs. However, his run defense continues to be the strongest part of his game.
Jordan, the 24th overall pick in the 2011 draft, has become one of the Saints’ best and most consistent defenders.
“The rookie year is a learning experience and then that second year is when you see the biggest jump and that’s been the case with Cam,” Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt said. “The game is not too big for him. The game has kind of slowed down on Sundays for him. He’s made none of the rookie mistakes that he made a year ago. He’s become really detail-oriented in his play. He now understands formation recognition and he’s more situationally aware with down-and-distance.
“He’s learned how to play the game within the game. He’s come a long way.”
From Jordan's conditioning to his film study, Vitt said he has seen the former Cal standout mature in Year Two.