The Jaguars will send Calais Campbell to the Pro Bowl in Orlando for the third straight year, the team announced on Tuesday.
Calais Campbell continues to prove how important he is to the Jacksonville Jaguars and that he is still one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL. The veteran was named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl as a member of the organization on Tuesday.
It’s been a bit of a change for Campbell, who signed with the team prior to the 2017 season, this season. Playing both on the outside at big end and moving inside to help with the run game, Campbell’s numbers aren’t as prominent on the stat sheet as they have been in years past, but obviously, his effort continues to get better.
This is the fifth year in 12 seasons in the NFL that Campbell, a former second-round pick out of Miami by the Arizona Cardinals, has been honored.
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"Per Jaguars.com, “Five Jaguars players were named Pro Bowl alternates: Kicker Josh Lambo (first alternate), running back Leonard Fournette (second alternate), defensive end Josh Allen (second alternate), punter Logan Cooke (third alternate) and wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. (third alternate).”"
Campbell’s signing in free agency in 2017 was the first step toward building another winning culture within the organization. He immediately became the leader of the defense on and off the field and has served a vocal leader in the locker room. He has also served as a mentor to Yannick Ngakoue and Allen, two of the better young pass rushers in the league.
Allen broke the team’s rookie sack mark this season and now sits on 10 with two games to play.
"“Campbell, a team captain in all three of his Jaguars seasons, has registered 53 tackles (36 solo), 6.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one pass defensed through 14 games this season,” John Oehser writes."
There have only been five other players in franchise history who have been selected to three Pro Bowls in their career with the team. As a Jaguar, Campbell has 31.5 sacks and 88 over his career.
Jacksonville will play its final road game this weekend when they travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons. Both teams are currently 5-9 this season.