Cameron Jordan is a superstar, yet why isn’t he labeled as one by the media? Jordan put up 40.5 sacks in the last three seasons and has never missed a game in his entire career. Meanwhile, a guy like JJ Watt has only mustered 20 sacks in the same time frame and has missed 32 games in the last 4 seasons. Yet, almost every analyst would say that Watt is the better player.
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Yes, Jordan was a member of the All Decade Team, and is a 5 time Pro Bowler, so perhaps he’s not super underrated, but nonetheless, he doesn’t get the same credit as other top pass rushers. For starters, Jordan ranks 10th among current players in career sacks, which is more sacks than guys like Geno Atkins, Everson Griffen, Cameron Heyward, and Aaron Donald.
Not to mention, he ranks 11th among current players in career tackles for loss, which is more than guys like Justin Houston, Chandler Jones, and Thomas Davis. Plus, Jordan is 26th all time in tackles for loss which puts him above Hall of Famers like Ray Lewis, Warren Sapp, Junior Seau, and Derrick Brooks.
According to PFF, Jordan was the 9th best edge rusher in 2019, meaning that PFF rated him higher than Khalil Mack, Demarcus Lawrence, and Jadeveon Clowney, all of whom are traditionally thought of as better players than Jordan.
If that isn’t enough to convince you that Cameron Jordan deserves to have more of the spotlight, then just consider that Jordan has averaged 9.7 sacks per season in his career, while Terrell Suggs who has 136 career sacks has only averaged 8.1 sacks per season.
In comparison to Bruce Smith, the NFL’s all time sack leader, Jordan has averaged around .86 fewer sacks per season in his career. That means if Jordan ends his career having played nineteen years like Smith did, he’d finish his career 3rd all time in sacks, only behind Reggie White and Smith himself.
Yet, Jordan playing 19 seasons is unlikely. At age 31, Jordan has already played nine seasons, meaning that Jordan playing five or six more seasons is more likely. If Cameron Jordan ended up playing 15 seasons in the NFL, maintaining the same average number of sacks per season, he’d rank 6th all time in sacks ahead of Hall of Famers Michael Strahan, Jason Taylor, and Richard Dent.
Hopefully, that displays just how prolific and dominant Cameron Jordan has been in his career. Jordan has been so successful due to his ability to remain patient and explode to the football when given even the slightest opportunity. With that said, Jordan has the stats, the impact, and the accolades to be regarded among the league’s best, yet for some reason Jordan is not one of the names that pop into most peoples’ heads when they think of the NFL’s elite pass rushers. Therefore, count on Cameron Jordan to continue to prove the doubters wrong in his quest to establish himself as one of the NFL’s best pass rushers.