Saints' Cameron Jordan Doesn't Think LeBron Could Go over the Middle as NFL TE

Blake SchusterCorrespondent IIIMay 21, 2020

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew, lower left, is sacked by New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, center, as Jaguars offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor, right, tries to slow Jordan down during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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First, it was former Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware pouring cold water on LeBron James' NFL dreams, and now, New Orleans Saints star Cameron Jordan has offered his own view on the NBA superstar's football potential.

James' recent admission on UNINTERRUPTED that he started training his body to play football as the 2011 NBA lockout dragged on has led to a number of NFL personalities explaining why the NBA legend wouldn't cut it as a tight end. 

While speaking to Colin Cowherd on Thursday, Jordan laughed at the idea of James trying to catch a pass over the middle of the field. 


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"I've got four guys that are going to take out the body you care so much about," Jordan said. "I don't know if you've been banged up on the basketball court like you're going to get banged up in 16 games of football."

On Wednesday, Ware also laughed at the idea of James maintaining his elite level in the NFL but didn't rule out the possibility that he could add to a team's offense.

"No way in hell LeBron would have blocked me," Ware told NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano. "But I think he would've made a really good tight end, especially because of his athleticism."

Jordan left that door open as well, telling Cowherd there were some ways in with James would be useful, especially standing 6'9", 250 pounds.

"As long as he spaces out and doesn't catch anything over the middle—maybe he's just a streak guy," Jordan said. "If you send him on [go routes] that'd be your best bet. Make him a red-zone tight end."

James' former high school quarterback previously told B/R the Lakers star could catch anything in a 10-to-15-yard radius. Of course, James hasn't played football since his junior year at St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron. 

A lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan, James reportedly has a framed contract offer from Jerry Jones sitting in his office, but that's about as close as he's gotten to playing football again.

Jordan thinks that's for the best, noting James would be in trouble if he lined up across from him.

"As a tight end?" Jordan said. "It's probably over for him." 


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