After making his return to the NFL with the Seahawks midway through the 2017 season, Jordan recorded 4.0 sacks in five games, one more than he had in his career prior to this season. And given his long layoff from playing football—due to both suspensions and injuries, Jordan missed all of the 2015 and 2016 seasons and the first eight games in 2017—both he and the Seahawks feel like he is just scratching the surface of what he can become.
“He can be a legitimate factor,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “How good? I don’t know, I don’t know that, but I do know he should be a legitimate factor in the (pass) rush and in the run game. He’s a good pursuit guy, too. He is strong and big and all that. He just has a really unproven background and there is not much to go on there, so we’re having to piece it together with the few plays that we’ve got. But he made some real positive overtures and he’s an exciting prospect for us. Really exciting prospect.”
There’s plenty the Seahawks and their fans would like to change about the 2017 season, most notably the many factors that went into their missing the playoffs for the first time since 2011. But there were also a number of bright spots, coming both from obvious sources—star players like linebacker Bobby Wagner, safety Earl Thomas, quarterback Russell Wilson and receiver Doug Baldwin all had outstanding seasons—and from places people might not have been expecting heading into the year. Whether it was safety Bradley McDougald thriving in a starting role, or Justin Coleman grabbing ahold of the nickel corner spot and playing very well there all season, or perhaps most unexpectedly, Jordan becoming one of the team’s more productive pass rushers down the stretch, the Seahawks got significant contributions from a lot of newcomers this season, particularly on defense.
At 27, it’s a little bit odd to hear Jordan referred to as a “really exciting prospect” in the NFL—that’s usually an age at which a player is in his prime—but because he came into this season having missed so much time, it’s understandable that he and the Seahawks are both excited about what he can do going forward.
“Over the last few weeks, I just started to feel like myself again,” Jordan said. “I just started to understand what they needed from me here, and it just started to expand more and more.” Seahawks.com
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