Jaguars DE Calais Campbell named AFC defensive player of the week

Campbell set franchise record with 4 sacks against Texans

By Brian Jackson - Digital sports reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - On Sunday the Jacksonville Jaguars defensive dominated the Houston Texans with a devastating pass rush. As a team they recorded 10 sacks. Four of them were by defensive end Calais Campbell, who was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday.

It was a debut that couldn’t have been scripted any better. This offseason the Jaguars signed Campbell to a four-year, $60 million deal. The 10-year veteran Campbell registered 3.5 sacks in the first half alone vs. Houston.

Campbell is the 11th player in Jaguars history to win AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors and now holds the franchise record for most sacks in one game. As a team the Jaguars 10 sacks against Houston also set a new franchise record, with six players registering at least a half-sack.

What impressed Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone most about Campbell wasn’t his effort on the field, it was how the veteran made it perfectly clear that Sunday was a team effort.

“One of the things that caught me was when I was on the bus yesterday and Calais was coming up and getting on the bus I said, ‘That is one hell of a day you had today.’ He said, ‘I couldn’t have done it without the people in the back end with their coverage.’ I think that says more about it than anything else. The one thing about how we want to go about our business is to know if one person is successful in doing something then that means there had to be ten other people around him doing a hell of a job.”

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