The Jaguars were a winner in the off season. They improved their team through free agency and the draft. While I thought Leonard Fournette was their biggest rookie that they drafted, I believe getting a player like Calais Campbell will boost their defense and the team as a whole. The Jaguars signed the defensive tackle to a four year deal worth $60 million dollars.
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Campbell is 30 years old and will turn 31 before the start of the season. He still produces and plays like he is in his prime. With Campbell, the Jaguars now have a strong pass rusher that can make lives harder for opposing quarterbacks in the AFC South division.
Malik Jackson is the second oldest lineman on that defensive line at 27 years old. It was time for Jacksonville to go out and get a more experienced player like Campbell. The best part about Campbell? At 30 years old he shows no sign of slowing down which makes him a threat to quarterbacks for a couple more years.
The Jaguars are a young team that don’t have a lot of older and experienced players on their roster. Campbell does not fall into this category. He was a dominant force for the Arizona Cardinals and will continue his path of destruction in Jacksonville. With the Jaguars not having a true leader on the defense, Campbell can take this role.
Campbell has the ability to help the defensive line become more dangerous. The Jags defense was not one of the top defenses’ in the league last year. Campbell is only one player, but a player than can be the start of the rise of the Jags defense.
In his rookie season, Campbell recorded zero sacks. Now he has 56.5 sacks in his career with six sacks as his least amount in a season. He hasn’t recorded double digit sacks in a season but he is consistent with his stats. Obviously coaches want their defensive lineman to have a sack or two in a game but that rarely happens.
He is also consistent with his tackles. The least amount of tackles Campbell has recorded in a season is 28 which was his rookie year. Since then, 48 tackles was his least amount and 72 tackles was his highest amount.
What are the Jaguars getting with Campbell?
The Jaguars have a veteran presence who has experienced and is a force to be reckon with. His age is just a number because he shows no sign of it. He plays like he is young and should continue this kind of play for a couple more years. He could become the leader of a young defense that shows sign of being great. Overall, Campbell is a great signing who will help the defense make a bigger impact than it already does.