Cameron Jordan acknowledged the threat of Tampa Bay during a Monday appearance on NFL Network's "Good Morning Football," but the Saints pass-rusher couldn't resist taking a few shots at his division rival.
"But I do know we have to step up our game, we've got to elevate," said a smiling Jordan, according to NFL.com's Kevin Patra. "They've got the second-greatest quarterback of all time, right behind Drew Brees, and now we've got a head-to-head two times a year.
"We've got our work cut out for us and then they have an addition, you bring in Rob Gronkowski and LeSean McCoy, you already had two 1,000-yard receivers in (Chris) Godwin and Mike Evans. This is a team that's fighting for second place."
New Orleans went 13-3 to comfortably win the NFC South for a third straight season in 2019. Meanwhile, the Bucs and Atlanta Falcons tied for second place with 7-9 records.
Tampa Bay has finished above .500 just twice since 2010. During that time, Brady won three Super Bowls and two MVP awards with the New England Patriots.
Both Brees and Brady are on the wrong side of 40, meaning the Saints and Bucs are in win-now mode.
One club will quickly take the first step toward becoming the NFC South front-runner, as the Saints and Bucs clash in Week 1.