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Calais Campbell leads four Jaguars as AP All-Pros

Olivia Stacey

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The Jacksonville Jaguars defense had a dominating 2017 season that has carried them into the playoffs as NFL’s second-ranked defense. Now, the postseason accolades continue to roll in, as well.

On Friday, two of Jacksonville’s top defensive players were named first-team members of the Associated Press All-Pro team, and two more defensive players were named second team.

Defensive end Calais Campbell and cornerback Jalen Ramsey were named first team while cornerback A.J. Bouye and outside linebacker Telvin Smith were named second team. Campbell’s selection to the first team as an edge rusher and the second team as an interior lineman makes him the first player in Jaguars’ history to be named AP All-Pro at multiple positions.

Campbell also became the first defensive lineman in franchise history to be named first-team AP All-Pro. The honor is well-deserved — he set a franchise- and-career record with an AFC-leading 14.5 sacks this season. He led the resurgence for Jacksonville’s defense after signing as a free agent last March from the the Arizona Cardinals.

The Jags later acquired Bouye as a free agent from the Houston Texans to compliment Ramsey in the secondary.

Ramsey totaled four interceptions and 17 passes defensed in 2017.

This is the first time the Jaguars have had a defensive player named All-Pro since cornerback Rashean Mathis (first team) in 2006.

The four players honored this year brings the total number of Jaguars players named All-Pro (first or second team) to 16 in franchise history.

The Jaguars host the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Wild Card game at EverBank Field this Sunday at 1 p.m.

Olivia is a multi-faceted sports reporter based in Tampa Bay where she has covered events from the College Football National Championship to the Stanley Cup Final. A native Floridian, she grew up rooting for Tampa’s sports teams, and graduated from East Lake High in Tarpon Springs. Olivia continued her education at the University of Florida where she received her broadcast journalism degree.

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