All the rage right now when it comes to names with “Cameron” and “Jordan” in it revolves around Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron, and all the fantasy football draft considerations that entails. Even in IDP leagues, it’s probably hard for 3-4 end to get some love.
However, New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan deserves his due, as his preseason has actually been quite superior to the athletic freak catching passes in Cleveland. Three Saints 3-4 DEs rank among the top four Pro Football Focus-graded at that position this preseason: Jordan, Glenn Foster and Tyrunn Walker. Jordan’s comes as most significant as his transition from 4-3 end to 3-4 end is probably the most critical of any on this defense.
Jordan’s past experience hardly makes this smooth transition shocking.
“It’s only preseason,” Jordan said, via the team website. “I’m just trying to catch my feel for it. The only thing that I’ve got going for me right now is that I’ve played the 3-4 in college and saw a couple of different 3-4 packages (in his first two NFL seasons). And I think I can play anything. Honestly, I think whatever position you put me in I can excel at.”
The Saints’ top pick in 2011 has not made a huge splash through two seasons in the league, but has shown a lot of really good things in the run game over the past two years that make 3-4 end seem a potentially better fit. While Jordan ranked just 37th in PFF’s 4-3 DE grades last season, he actually graded out third among against the run. Moving inward to 3-4 DE should continue to suit his skills.