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Cam Jordan: I want nothing more than to drive Matt Ryan into the ground

Mark Menard
December 07, 2017 - 10:39 am

Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan joined Kristian Garic for an earlier-than-usual edition of the Players Show Tuesday night at Hooters in Metairie; and he wasted no time showing his excitement for this week's matchup against the black-and-gold's fiercest rival, a Thursday night tilt in Atlanta against the Falcons.

"When you talk about that ongoing rivalry," Jordan said of the Falcons, "as much as I love beating Carolina, as much as I feel the Saints and Carolina go at it, you have to remember at the end of the day, the Falcons are an even bigger rivalry. We haven't played them this year. We have them twice in the next four weeks. No matter what, we know each game's going to be more than just a battle."

Jordan elaborated on how it feels different at Saints camp during Falcons week.

"Yeah, we feel this game," Jordan said. "I think it's sort of a loose term because we have such a young defense, they don't understand that rivalry part. For me, seven years in, this is my thirteenth time playing the Falcons. I want nothing more than to drive [Atlanta quarterback] Matt Ryan into the ground. So I've got my work cut out for me this week."

Jordan also talked about his young teammates on the defensive line and the major improvements they've made in 2017 with the recent influx of young defensive talent.

"Honestly, we're only looking to improve at this point," Jordan said. "When you talk about the likes of Trey [Hendrickson] and Al-Quadin [Muhammad], and even bringing in [Hau'oli] Kikaha... as a guy who's entering my prime at 28, for the next three or four years I'll be at the highest point of my level. Then at 32 is sort of where they try and call you old...So I'm looking to ascend my level of playing ability for the next seven years, but that's just me."

Jordan discussed his role as one of the elder statesmen of the young Fleur De Lis D and where he thinks they can go in the next few years.

"When you talk about the abilities of our young guys," Jordan said. "I'm honestly just trying to be a great example of how to work on and off the field. When you talk about Trey coming in and learning as fast as he did and wanting to be as good as he will be soon, anything I can help him with, whether that's pass rush or just talking about how to play a block. He's a sponge at this point. He takes it in and makes it his own. When you talk about the young guys like Sheldon Rankins and David Onyemata and Tyeler Davison, those guys who are year two and three, they're sort of filling out what their role is and growing such a rapid pace. I don't want to say I'm like the big brother that's just proud watching them play, but I really am.

"They're coming on strong. Next year and the following years they're just going to continue to get better. I'd like to look back a year or two from now and say, hey we're the best defensive line out and you can tell when this transpired."

Jordan and the Saints battle the Falcons in Atlanta Thursday night at 7:25pm on WWL, with pregame coverage starting at 3pm. You can hear the full audio of Jordan on the Players Show below.

Cam Jordan: Saints definitely up for rivalry week at Atlanta

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