Dion Jordan just wants to get to Sunday.
And considering the path the former Oregon Duck took to arrive at 1220 Harbor Bay Parkway, it’s not surprising that he’s very much looking forward to his first game day in Silver and Black – whenever it may come.
“We’re at that point in the season where you know we’re going to have to get somebody ready to play,” said Head Coach Jon Gruden Wednesday. “So, we’re going to try to fast-track him [Jordan] and get him out there as soon as possible.”
Whenever Jordan makes his debut as an Oakland Raider, it’ll mark his first NFL action since December 23, and a welcome start to his newest chapter in professional football.
“I’m just worried about today,” Jordan said. “That’s the only thing that matters to me, and it’s been a great opportunity over the last two days to just be around these fellas, and just get back to football. That’s the only thing that matters to me is that opportunity to play ball, and to get to Sunday. That’s the only thing that matters.”
Jordan’s career in the NFL has had no shortage of ups and downs, and while the San Francisco native’s talent has never been in question, staying on the field has posed its problems.
But, now at 29 years old, and with a dedicated group of people committed to his success both on and off the field, Jordan looks poised to make the most of his opportunity in Silver and Black.
“I’ve been training here in the Bay Area, so part of the reason why I didn’t want to go anywhere else was because I had that support staff,” Jordan explained. “They only have to cross the Bay Bridge for me. I’m from here, so my family is all around me, and that was one of the huge reasons why I decided to stay in the Bay Area and play ball. I also have a lot of other great connections from people who supported me, that work here for the organization as well.”
And now in the thick of the AFC playoff picture – and with no shortage of injuries on the defensive side of the football – the man who was regarded as one of the best edge rushers in his draft class will be a welcome addition to Paul Guenther’s defense.
“I’ve been working out really hard over the last 10, nine, months, whatever it’s been,” Jordan said. “And rusty as far as going against somebody else and just having a whole bunch of other people around me, so from that football standpoint, yeah. My teammates have been helping me. The d-line has been helping me, linebackers, DBs, and I’m just going to do whatever I have to do to get myself up to speed from that standpoint.”
As Coach Gruden alluded, Jordan’s status for Sunday’s home matchup against the winless Cincinnati Bengals likely won’t be revealed until closer to kickoff, but regardless of his game status, No. 95 is happy, healthy, and looking forward to once again contributing on Sundays.
“It all just fell in place,” he said. “It was all destined, I feel like. Every day, every hour since I’ve been here, I’m reminded that I made the right choice. I’m just very thankful that it happened the way that it did. There was no stress on me at all. It’s just all football, and there are a lot of people here to help me get that part done.”
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