An explosive and physical defensive end, Cameron Jordan emerged as a playmaker on the Saints defensive line in 2012. An up-and-coming leader with endless energy, the former University of California standout possesses the combination of size, speed and strength to play defensive end in either a 3-4 or 4-3 alignment. Jordan will look to build off a standout second-year campaign, where he posted 76 tackles (52 solo), a team-leading eight sacks, three passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
NFL CAREER – An explosive and physical defensive end, Cameron Jordan emerged as a playmaker on the Saints defensive line in 2012. An up-and-coming leader with endless energy, the former University of California standout possesses the combination of size, speed and strength to play defensive end in either a 3-4 or 4-3 alignment. Jordan will look to build off a standout second-year campaign, where he posted 76 tackles (52 solo), a team-leading eight sacks, three passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS –Signed by Saints, 8/2/11; Selected by New Orleans in the first round (24th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.
2012 – Started all 16 games and finished the season with 76 tackles (52 solo) to lead the defensive line in stops, a club-best eight sacks, three passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Also led team in forced fumbles and tied for the team lead in fumble recoveries, tied for the 15th-highest total in the NFL. Opened 15 games at left end, while starting at defensive tackle at Denver, Oct. 28…Notched five sacks in a four-game stretch between Oct. 7-Nov. 5, where the Saints posted a 3-1 record…Posted a career-high 13 tackles (nine solo) in season opener vs. Washington, Sept. 9…Notched a sack of Cam Newton, adding four tackles at Carolina, Sept. 16…Took down Philip Rivers for a seven-yard loss vs. San Diego, Oct. 7…Stopped Josh Freeman for a four-yard loss and also recorded his first-career forced fumble on a fourth-and-one play at the goal line to stop a potential Buccaneers score at Tampa Bay, Oct. 21…Recorded the first multi-sack game of his career, tallying three takedowns of Michael Vick, six tackles and one forced fumble vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 5…Sacked Matt Ryan for a six-yard loss to go with seven tackles at Atlanta, Nov. 29…Sacked Freeman for a seven-yard loss, forcing the fumble and recovering it to directly lead to a New Orleans touchdown in a 41-0 shutout of Tampa Bay, Dec. 16. Also added four tackles (three solo). 2011 – Appeared in all 16 games with 15 starts as a rookie, 13 at left defensive end and two at right defensive end…Recorded 59 tackles (27 solo) with one sack, six passes defensed and one fumble recovery…Appeared in both postseason contests, starting one and recorded nine tackles (eight solo) and one pass defense…Made his NFL debut in the league season opener at Green Bay, Sept. 8, starting at right defensive end and finished with four tackles (three solo)…After opening the first two games at right end, moved to the left defensive end position where he would play for the remainder of the season, vs. Houston, Sept. 25, and posted five tackles (two solo)…Finished with eight tackles (two solo) at Tampa Bay, Oct. 16…Recorded five tackles and the first fumble recovery and pass defense of his career, vs. Indianapolis, Oct. 23. Picked up first quarter fumble by Delone Carter that was recovered at the New Orleans 48-yard line and eventually led to a Saints touchdown and 21-0 lead…Tied season-best and career-high with eight stops (one solo) at Atlanta, Nov. 13…Recorded first sack of his NFL career to go with three solo tackles in regular season finale vs. Carolina, 1/1/12…In a return to the Bay area where he played in college, started at left end and led the Saints with eight tackles (seven solo) and one pass defensed in NFC Divisional Playoff at San Francisco, 1/14/12.
COLLEGE – Played both left and right defensive end in a 3-4 alignment and appeared in 50 games with 33 starts…Finished college career with 175 tackles (88 solo), 16.5 sacks, 34 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, an interception and five pass deflections over four seasons in Berkley…All-American second-team choice by the NFL Draft Report and an All-Pac-10 Conference first-team selection by league’s coaches as a senior, where as the defensive team captain, he started all 12 games at left end in 3-4 and recorded 62 tackles (33 solo), 5.5 sacks, 12.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, three forced fumbles, one recovered for a touchdown and four passes defensed…Earned All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention and was recipient of team’s Bob Tessier Award as the most improved defensive lineman as a junior when he served as starting right end and recorded 48 tackles (26 solo), ranking second on team with six sacks and 9.5 tackles for losses, also recovering one fumble and defending one pass…As a sophomore, started eight games and played in every contest at right end, posting 47 tackles (26 solo), four sacks, placing second among defenders with 11 stops behind the line of scrimmage…Posted one interception returned three yards, as he forced one fumble and recovered another…Played in all 13 games as a freshman and had 18 tackles (seven solo) with a sack and a fumble recovery returned 13 yards for a touchdown…Legal studies major
PERSONAL – Father Steve, played college football at Brown, then for 13 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, where he was a six-time Pro Bowl selection, recording career totals of 498 receptions for 6,307 yards and 28 touchdowns…Attended Chandler (Ariz.) HS…Earned All-State honors senior year after registering 85 tackles and 17.5 sacks…Named the Fiesta Region Defensive Player of the Year after breaking Chandler’s career quarterback takedown record in only one season...Also was the state discus champion as a senior…A regular visitor to the pediatric ward of Ochsner Medical Center and to New Orleans area schools as part of the Rotolo’s literacy program…Participated in Rebuilding Together’s “Kickoff to Rebuild” event prior to Super Bowl XLVII in Algiers, where he assisted in painting the front of rehabilitated houses and served as a celebrity judge for a barbeque competition…Born July 10, 1989
New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan speaks with reporters after the team’s game against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, December 2, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan explains how defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has completely changed the defense and also tells why it's important to clinch home field advantage.
New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan is mic'd up during the Saints decisive victory over the Buffalo Bills in Week 8.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis is hit by New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan and loses the football for a second time. The fumble is recovered by Cameron Jordan.