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Jags coach Doug Marrone excited about signing Calais Campbell

Roy Cummings

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If there’s one thing that should concern Jaguars fans about the team’s decision to throw $60 million at defensive end Calais Campbell, it’s Campbell’s age.

He’ll turn 31 before the new season starts and there’s long been a belief around the NFL that once a player hits 30, the wear and tear begins to show and his play begins to fade.

Jags coach Doug Marrone understands the theory and says he’ll know if it’s applying to Campbell rather quickly For now at least, Marrone says he’s not concerned about leaning so heavily on a 30-soemthing end.

“We tend to go with the tape … and the number (Campbell’s age) doesn’t equate to the tape,’’ Maronne told reporters during a breakfast break at the NFL Owners Meetings in Phoenix on Tuesday.

“The thing you look for in a guy (his age) is if you see him on the ground a lot. The more you see him on the ground the more he’s probably more on the back end of it. But we don’t see that with Calais.’’

Good to hear. The Jags actually finished up the 2016 season with the NFL’s sixth ranked defense (321.7 yards per game) but they still gave up 25 points per game.

Their inability to get off the field by making key stops at critical times was a big part of the problem and the Jags are obviously hoping Campbell can help them fix that.

If he can stay off the ground, he probably will.

Roy Cummings is a native of Chicago, Illinois who grew up in the suburb of Lombard. He and his family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Roy attended high school at Kathleen High. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 1983 and immediately went to work for the Tampa Tribune. After five years working in a Polk County bureau covering everything from high school sports to college football to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Roy moved back to Tampa and became the Tribune's first beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, covering the team from its inception through the first eight years on the ice. He was then moved to the Buccaneers beat, where he stayed until the paper was folded in May, 2016. A two-time Florida Sports Writer of the Year, Roy has extensive experience covering all Tampa professional sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

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