It’s a big moment in Jordan’s career. He met the number Smith posted in 16 fewer games, and has surpassed his predecessor in several categories like pass deflections (42 to Smith’s 26), tackles for loss (93 to 85), and quarterback hits (135 to 113), but still trails Smith in fumbles forced (9 to 20). Saints head coach Sean Payton considered their similarities in his regular conference call:
“Yes, I would say number one is that Will is someone that played run and pass very well. He was a physical player, so you didn’t feel like he was just a situational player at all. I would think of Cam the same way. In that regard, they were every-down guys that gave you a presence in both the running and passing game. Now, they’re built differently and yet there would be some similarities that way.”
So props to Jordan, who is playing at a high level in pursuit of his second career All-Pro nod. He’s still got a ways to go before he gets close to Jackson’s all-time record, though.