Saints “Winners and Losers” From the Loss to Tampa Bay

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Dec 11, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Paul Kruger (99),defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) and free safety Vonn Bell (48) celebrate after they get a safety against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

WINNER: Cam Jordan, Defensive End

By far the BIGGEST “winner” among any of the Saints players yesterday, Jordan finished with 5 tackles, including 2 for loss; was in on a QB sack, and consistently provided pressure on the Tampa Bay backfield.

Jordan may not be considered an “elite” pass rusher, but is one of the more underrated 4-3 defensive ends in the league.

He is also a linchpin and fine leader for an up and coming defense unit.

While his overall numbers are actually down from this tie a year ago, his impact remains as strong as ever — and he clearly is the “core piece” for which the franchise can continue building the future around.