Jordan had 58 tackles (40 solo), 7.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery in 16 games in 2016. Jordan's 7.5-sack season may appear underwhelming at first glance, but his low sack total does not tell the whole story. Rather, the two-time Pro Bowler quietly excelled as both a pass rusher and run defender in 2016. His 58 tackles ranked seventh in the NFL among defensive ends, and Jordan tied for the NFL lead with 16 tackles for loss. He also ranked in the top 10 with 21 quarterback hits and five batted passes. In fact, the scouting service Pro Football Focus consistently ranked Jordan among the top edge rushers in the NFL all season. Jordan is still in his prime -- he will be 28 years old in July -- and should be one of the top defensive ends off the board in IDP leagues next season.
Jordan made four tackles (three solo), including a sack, in Sunday's win against the Rams. Jordan is a notoriously streaky player. In his first four games this season, Jordan had 2.5 sacks and 17 tackles, but in Weeks 6-9 he managed just nine tackles and a half sack. Since his mid-season lull, the Saints' top pass rusher has heated back up, recording 16 tackles and two sacks in his last three games. Although he will need to continue his hot play in the team's final five games to notch double-digit sacks for the second year in a row, Jordan is finding his groove at just the right time for his fantasy owners.
Jordan made nine tackles (eight solo), including a sack among his three tackles for loss, in Sunday's loss to the Broncos. Jordan spent most of the afternoon in the Broncos' backfield harassing quarterback Trevor Siemian, and his nine tackles were also a career high. While Jordan still has only four sacks through 10 games, he has notched 1.5 sacks in his last two games, which, perhaps not coincidentally, also mark the return of prized rookie Shelden Rankins to the Saints' lineup. With players like Rankins demanding extra attention along the defensive line, Jordan could see additional opportunities to exploit overmatched offensive lines.
Jordan made two tackles and recorded half a sack of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the Saints' Week 9 win in San Francisco. Jordan has only three sacks through the Saints' first eight games and is on pace for a mere six sacks, which would be his fewest since his rookie year in 2011. There have been no reports that Jordan is injured, so perhaps Sunday's half sack will propel him to a big second half, starting in Week 10 against a Denver offensive line that ranks in the bottom 10 in sacks allowed in 2016.
Jordan played 75 of the Saints' 82 defensive snaps in Week 6, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He made four tackles (two solo) and batted down a pass against the Panthers. Jordan now has 2.5 sacks and 21 combined tackles this season. While his sack total is slightly off his typical pace -- he has averaged nearly 10 sacks per season over the last four years -- sacks often come in bunches for the talented defensive end. Further, Jordan is actually on pace to approach his career high in tackles (67 in 2012). Although the Saints once again have one of the worst defenses in the league, Jordan should continue to be a solid option for IDP owners.