A year ago at this time, Jaguars Pro Bowl defensive tackle Calais Campbell was a prized free agent signing, who had yet to suit up in Jacksonville. A year later, he’s now the leader of a sudden resurgence for the Jags and eager to get 2018 rolling, soon.
On Tuesday, Campbell announced his involvement in an upcoming bowling fundraiser to benefit his foundation and also, answered some questions about new draft pick defensive tackle Taven Bryan and other subjects for the season.
In particular, Campbell’s personality showed in a humorous reaction to where he was ranked in a recent NFL.com list of top pass rushers from former Patriots Superbowl winning defender, Willie McGinnest.
McGinnest had Campbell 10th, with likes of Von Miller of the Broncos, Aaron Donald of the Rams and Khalil Mack of the Raiders leading the list. “I felt like I could’ve been rated a little higher….Couple of the guys in front of me, I was like, eh, I don’t know.” However he finished with, “it’s always an honor to be considered one of the best.”
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) May 8, 2018
Campbell certainly played like one of the best in 2018, with 14.5 sacks, which was good enough for a tie for second in the NFL. And, he also finished his first season with the Jags with another 14 tackles for loss. This lead a young, hungry Jaguars defense to an AFC South championship and the franchise’s first playoff berth in over a decade that included two wins.
And Campbell’s message for the Jaguars fans about getting ready for 2018? “Very high expectations. I have a lot of confidence in this football team….We work really hard. So, it’s going to be a fun year. We just have to take it one day at a time and earn the right to have a chance.”
You can bet that just like a year ago, he’s getting that point about putting in the work across to his teammates. However, unlike last year, Campbell has personal results and the team has it’s accomplishments to point to showing what hard work, even in the off season means.
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