As time has passed and the lockout remains, the only info we've been reading on the Saints is their running backs and where Reggie Bush fits in now that the Saints have Mark Ingram. With just cause, Ingrammania is in full effect in NOLA.
That said, running back is a position the Saints have depth, barring injury. Remember, even if Bush goes, both Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory could easily be ahead of Ingram in the pecking order. That's absolutely not the case at defensive end. Pure and simple: Jordan is going to be thrown into a prominent role much faster than Ingram may.
While we're all talking about Ingram's role on the team, we might consider that Jordan will be a bigger component to the team's success, especially early on.First off, the Saints two starters at defensive end (Will Smith and Alex Brown) may not even be starters when the season opens. It's looking very likely that Will Smith will have to serve a four game suspension, and there's no guarantees Brown will be brought back based on his salary and subpar performance last year. If Brown returns, it'll be more due to lack of depth than anything else.
Jeff Charleston is currently a free agent, so it remains to be seen if the Saints will bring him back and Junior Galette's role is yet to be determined. Even if Charleston is back and Galette gets increased duty, Jordan is by far a more complete defensive end than those two reserves.
Galette is more of a pass rushing specialist and Charleston is a "jack of all trades, master of none" type. I feel like guys like Charleston always get praised for having a "high motor," which basically means they're all hustle despite limited ability. Neither of those guys are suited to really be every down players, whereas Jordan is. In all likelihood, Cam Jordan will be one of the two end starters in Week 1 against the Packers.
So while I firmly believe Ingram will be a superstar, and we're all rightfully excited about his potential and what he brings to the table, let's not forget about that guy that the Saints originally passed on Ingram to draft. That's right, they drafted Jordan ahead of Ingram because not only did he fill a desperate need, he was also graded higher as an all-around player. The Saints never expected Jordan to drop to them and when he did they felt they couldn't pass on him. I have a feeling we're all going to find out in short order.
Who will have a more productive overall rookie season?
Cameron Jordan (321 votes)
Mark Ingram (243 votes)
564 total votes