Jaguars DE Calais Campbell finishes 2018 as top graded edge rusher by PFF
The Jacksonville Jaguars did not exactly have a great season, but defensive lineman Calais Campbell was one of their only bright spots.
Campbell had a terrific 2018 campaign, with Pro Football Focus grading him as the top edge rusher in the NFL this year.
The highest graded edge defenders in the NFL this season. pic.twitter.com/nfTRP0Kfgs
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) January 3, 2019
On the season, Campbell finished with 72 tackles, 10.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and fumble recovery.
The 32-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Miami, was originally selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round (50th pick overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
He registered just 22 tackles during his rookie campaign, but the following year, Campbell totaled 46 stops, seven sacks, and a forced fumble.
Campbell spent the first nine years of his career with the Cardinals, making two Pro Bowl appearances and playing both defensive end and defensive tackle during his tenure.
He then signed a four-year, $60 million contract with the Jaguars in March 2017 and went on to have the best year of his career during his first season with the team, racking up 67 tackles, 14.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and a defensive touchdown en route to a Pro Bowl selection and First-Team All-Pro honors.
Jacksonville won just four games this season, one year after going 10-6 and making it all the way to the AFC Championship Game, where it came within a quarter of defeating the New England Patriots and making it to the Super Bowl.
Overall, the Jaguars have made it to the playoffs just once since 2008 and have posted just one winning season during that span.