Jaguars exercise $12 million option on Pro Bowl DE Campbell
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have exercised a $12 million option on Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell for 2019.
The team also picked up options on defensive end and special teams captain Lerentee McCray and backup safety Cody Davis on Monday.
Pro Bowlers want better officiating, more accountability
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell watched the NFL's conference championship games on his phone while flying home from South Africa last weekend.
Davis, Gates, Brees, Staley among sportsmanship finalists
NEW YORK (AP) — Washington tight end Vernon Davis, already nominated for the NFL's Man of the Year Award, is one of eight finalists for the league's Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.
The other finalists, announced Friday, are Jacksonville defensive end Calais Campbell, Chargers tight end Anthony Gates, Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck, Baltimore safety Eric Weddle, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, San Francisco tackle Joe Staley, and Green Bay cornerback Tramon Williams.
Bad penalties, bad decisions, bad coaching. And bad losses.
Bad penalties, bad decisions, bad coaching.
And bad losses.
They occurred all over the NFL on Sunday. The Jaguars , Cardinals, Chargers and Falcons all will be shaking their heads the way their fans are about how they blew games.
Jaguars can’t find 1 win to get them going
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars still believe they can turn their season around, and it starts with just one win.
Finding it has never felt like more of a challenge.
The Jaguars ran the ball with authority, intercepted Ben Roethlisberger three times, kept the Pittsburgh Steelers from scoring in the first half for the first time in 33 games and had a 16-0 lead in the final minutes of the third quarter.
Jaguars implode in locker room after latest lopsided loss
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The doors opened briefly and closed a few seconds later, but the glimpse into Jacksonville's locker room told the story of the team's third consecutive loss.
Calais Campbell was holding back fellow defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, a carry-over from the screaming, shouting and finger pointing that ensued after a 20-7 loss to AFC South rival Houston (4-3) on Sunday.
Jaguars dominate Jets, look ahead to high-powered Chiefs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are finished with the "Payback Tour."
Now it's on to a tougher challenge, a more high-profile matchup.
The Jaguars (3-1) will play at Kansas City (3-0) next week — a game that features the league's top defense against one of the league's most potent offenses.
Jaguars add DE Campbell to injury report with knee soreness
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have added All-Pro defensive end Calais Campbell to the injury report because of knee soreness.
Campbell was listed as questionable for the team's home opener Sunday against the New England Patriots.
Campbell set a single-season franchise record with 14½ sacks in 2017. He had three tackles, including a sack, in the season opener at the New York Giants last week.
Giants’ Barkley wows in debut, highlighted by 68-yard TD
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Saquon Barkley needed one play to justify the hype.
After banging and grinding for small gains much of the game, the No. 2 overall draft pick wowed New York Giants' fans in his NFL debut with a spectacular 68-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown run in a 20-15 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
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New faces: LG Andrew Norwell, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, CB D.J. Hayden, DL Taven Bryan, WRs Donte Moncrief and DJ Chark.
Key losses: LB Paul Posluszny, CB Aaron Colvin, TE Marcedes Lewis, WRs Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — When All-Pro defensive end Calais Campbell re-watched his first season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, he noticed a recurring issue: The vaunted defense had chances to come up big late in games and failed.
It happened in four of Jacksonville's final five losses, including — and most memorably — in the AFC championship game at New England.
Campbell felt as if the unit also could and should have done more against the Los Angeles Rams, Arizona and Tennessee.
Jaguars use NFL draft to build for future, not this fall
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars used the NFL draft to build for the future, not necessarily this fall.
They used every pick on down-the-road starters instead of filling pressing needs.
It's a luxury rarely seen in Jacksonville, which made the AFC championship game in January after a decade of failure and futility. The Jags return 18 of 22 starters from a team that led the NFL in rushing and ranked second in total defense.
Muhammad Wilkerson, Allen Robinson among free agents to watch for Redskins
Even though the Washington Redskins will have $31 million in salary cap space, they won't necessarily swing for the fences when the negotiating window for free agency opens Monday.
History has shown the Redskins are willing to tackle the market in different ways. In January, Redskins coach Jay Gruden revealed Washington went after defensive lineman Calais Campbell last season, but settled for linemen Stacy McGee and Terrell McClain.
The Dallas Cowboys placed the franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence on Monday, guaranteeing the Pro Bowl defensive end $17.5 million in 2018.
The Cowboys had until Tuesday to put the tag on Lawrence, who can still sign a long-term deal with the club that traded up him to get him early in the second round in 2014.
The Dallas Cowboys placed the franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence on Monday, and the Pro Bowl defensive end quickly signed the one-year contract that guarantees him $17.1 million in 2018.
The Cowboys had until Tuesday to put the tag on Lawrence, who can still sign a long-term deal with the club that traded up him to get him early in the second round in 2014. Lawrence's agent, David Canter, wrote on Twitter that his client signed the deal.
Packers, Cowboys, Raiders, Bengals get 4 compensatory picks
NEW YORK (AP) — The Packers, Cowboys, Raiders and Bengals will each receive four compensatory picks in April's draft.
The NFL announced Friday that 32 such selections will be split among 15 teams. Compensatory picks are awarded to teams who lost more or better compensatory free agents than they acquired in the previous year.
Rams’ Donald is Defensive Player of the Year
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the NFL Honors (all times local):
Aaron Donald is the first pure defensive tackle to win The Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year award since 1999.
Jaguars’ Calais Campbell mentioned winning score vs. Steelers a week earlier
Calais Campbell can see the future.
And last week, he was pretty sure that future was going to include a Jaguars win over the Steelers.
But to mention the exact final score in an interview after a wild-card win over the Bills?
In an interview Jan. 7 with NFL Network about the AFC divisional round matchup with the Steelers, the Pro Bowl defensive end said: "I'll take it 2-0 if it comes that way or 45-42 if it comes that way. As long as we win, I'm happy."
Everson Griffen vs. Cameron Jordan battle shifts from ballot box to field when Vikings face Saints
Two of the NFLs three best edge rushers this season were born 43 miles and 19 months apart in Arizona.
Everson Griffen, the 30-year-old from Avondale, has 61 career sacks for a Vikings team that drafted him in the fourth round in 2010. Cameron Jordan, the 28-year-old from Chandler, has 59 andfrac12; sacks for a Saints team that took him 24th overall a year later.
This season, they tied with 13 sacks, a career high for both. Only three players in the league had more.
Steelers’ Antonio Brown, unanimous choice on AP All-Pro Team
The stunning turnaround by the Jacksonville Jaguars shows best in the NFL standings — and the All-Pro Team.
Rarely do the Jags have members of the elite All-Pro squad. For 2017, they have two: edge rusher Calais Campbell and cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
"It's huge," Campbell said. "That's a big testament to the work we put in. We don't just show up and perform. We grind day in and day out to be the best. This defense is very special, so I'm glad to see us get some accolades for our hard work."
Jaguars laud Posluszny as role model amid 1st winning season
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Coach Doug Marrone was just about to release his players for a two-day break Sunday when defensive end Calais Campbell, safety Jarrod Wilson and several other Jacksonville Jaguars chimed in with a request.
"Poz, Poz, Poz," they chanted.
They wanted veteran linebacker Paul Posluszny front and center.
Campbell breaks Jaguars’ sacks record in 30-10 win vs Colts
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Malik Jackson was first to reach Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett on this play.
Brissett slipped out of Jackson's diving arm tackle and scrambled right. Yannick Ngakoue was waiting, only to have Brissett spin away from him.
Next up was Calais Campbell, who didn't miss. He rarely does.
Campbell scores in return to Arizona, Jaguars lose
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Calais Campbell fielded the loose ball like a big league shortstop and kept moving, rumbling toward the end zone.
Former teammate John Wetzel caught up to Jacksonville's massive defensive lineman, but Campbell had his eyes on the goal line.
Dragging Wetzel with him for the final 3 yards, Campbell tumbled into the end zone , sprang to his feet and let out a roar toward the roof of University of Phoenix Stadium.
Englewood, Colo. — Twenty-one months ago, John Elway was basking in a confetti shower as he put his fingerprints on the third Super Bowl trophy he's captured for the Denver Broncos and dedicated it to team owner Pat Bowlen, who's battling Alzheimer's.
Not much has gone right for Elway and the Broncos since that night in Northern California.
Denver Broncos have hit a rough patch
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Twenty-one months ago, John Elway was basking in a confetti shower as he put his fingerprints on the third Super Bowl trophy he's captured for the Denver Broncos and dedicated it to team owner Pat Bowlen, who's battling Alzheimer's.
Not much has gone right for Elway and the Broncos since that night in Northern California.
Jaguars’ Campbell wants jersey, victory in return to Arizona
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Calais Campbell has two things he wants to bring back from Arizona: An eighth victory and Larry Fitzgerald's No. 11 jersey.
NFL sacks leaders see teammates as keys to bringing QBs down
DALLAS (AP) — DeMarcus Lawrence lost his NFL lead in sacks when he didn't have one for the first time in eight games this season with the Cowboys.
The Dallas defensive end still said it was his best game of the year.
Bengals, Jaguars trying to stack wins to stay in AFC hunt
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell rattled off three reasons why Sunday's game against Cincinnati is important.
It's at home.
It's an AFC game.
It's following a bye week.
"You never want to start talking playoffs too early in the thick in things, but every game is so critical to that future success and trying to win the division," Campbell said. "This is a very important game for us for many reasons."
Sack-happy Jaguars on pace to break NFL’s single-season mark
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Defensive end Calais Campbell might be the best free-agent acquisition in Jacksonville Jaguars history.
He's certainly the NFL's best in 2017.
The 31-year-old Campbell ended one of the franchise's longest futility streaks Sunday when he notched his 10th sack of the season. He also helped the Jaguars (4-3) get on pace to break the NFL's single-season record of 72 set by the 1984 Chicago Bears. Jacksonville has a league-leading 33 and is on track for 75.
About two dozen players kneel for national anthem in London
LONDON (AP) — About two dozen players, including Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, took a knee during the playing of the national anthem before the start of the teams' game at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
New Jags Fournette and Campbell lead way in win over Texans
HOUSTON (AP) — Jacksonville got its first season-opening win since 2011 thanks to a pair of players making their Jaguars debuts.
Fourth overall pick Leonard Fournette ran for 100 yards and a touchdown and free-agent acquisition Calais Campbell had four of Jacksonville's franchise-record 10 sacks in a 29-7 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday.
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New faces: CB A.J. Bouye, DE Calais Campbell, SS Barry Church, RB Leonard Fournette, LT Cam Robinson.
Key losses: CB Prince Amukamara, LT Kelvin Beachum, SS Johnathan Cyprien, DT Sen'Derrick Marks, DT Roy Miller, TE Julius Thomas.
2017 NFL Draft: Temple’s Haason Reddick drafted by Arizona Cardinals
This offseason, the Arizona Cardinals took a hit on the defensive side of the football as they lost both safety Tony Jefferson and defensive end Calais Campbell. Out of the two players, losing Campbell hurts the most as he was a dominant force on the Cardinals’ defensive line.
However, it looks like Arizona will be OK as they addressed the defensive line in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
If teams could win Super Bowls in March, the Jacksonville Jaguars would be perennial champions.
For the second consecutive year, Jacksonville has been crowned champion of free agency.
A lot of good it did the Jaguars in 2016 when they spent money like it was sand on the Ponte Vedra beach but still finished 3-13.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed defensive end Malliciah Goodman.
Goodman has appeared in 37 career games with 11 starts, getting 29 tackles, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Goodman was originally selected by Atlanta in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft. He spent his first three seasons (2013-15) with the Falcons. He appeared in one game for Seattle last season before returning to Atlanta and playing in two games for the Falcons.
Cardinals re-sign DT Frostee Rucker to 1-year deal
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed Frostee Rucker to a one-year contract, retaining a veteran presence on the defensive line after losing Calais Campbell in free agency.
The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Rucker has played 10 NFL seasons, the first six with the Cincinnati Bengals and the last four with Arizona after signing as a free agent with the Cardinals in 2013.
The 33-year-old defensive tackle appeared in 13 games last season with 25 tackles and a forced fumble.
RB Latavius Murray, DT Dontari Poe visiting Jaguars
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have two former Pro Bowl players visiting: Oakland running back Latavius Murray and Kansas City defensive tackle Dontari Poe.
Both free agents were expected to wrap up visits Monday. It was unclear whether either would sign; both had other visits scheduled.
Murray ran for 2,278 yards and 20 touchdowns in three seasons with the Raiders, including 1,066 yards and six touchdowns in his 2015 Pro Bowl season.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tom Coughlin's resume, reputation and rings already are making a difference for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The team's new executive vice president of football operations played a pivotal role in landing one of the NFL's top free-agent classes. General manager Dave Caldwell even said Coughlin "was critical in us closing those deals."
Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears say goodbye to Cutler, Jeffery; welcome underwhelming names
As NFL free agency opening acts go, Thursday’s was a real “No, they didn’t?”
The Houston Texans' swap with the Cleveland Browns shipping Brock Osweiler out of town was an NBA salary dump deal and I’ve never seen anything quite like it in the NFL.
The New England Patriots just don’t buy talent the way they rushed to the bank for Stephon Gilmore.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars made another huge splash in free agency Thursday, signing three starters expected to make a decent defense dynamic.
The Latest on NFL free agency (all times Eastern):
The Jacksonville Jaguars are spending big in free agency for the third consecutive year.
According to a person familiar with the deals, the Jaguars have agreed to terms with Arizona defensive end Calais Campbell and Dallas safety Barry Church. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the Jaguars won't announce any deals until players sign contracts Friday.
Tannehill hurt as Dolphins beat Cards on late kick, 26-23
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Tannehill threw three touchdown passes before being sidelined with a knee injury that could end his season, and Andrew Franks kicked a 21-yard field goal as time expired to help the Miami Dolphins beat the Arizona Cardinals 26-23 Sunday.
Coach Adam Gase said the Dolphins fear Tannehill tore his ACL, which would sideline him for the rest of the season.
Packers’ Datone Jones fined $36K for roughing Falcons’ Ryan
NEW YORK (AP) — Green Bay linebacker Datone Jones was fined $36,464 by the NFL on Friday for his roughing-the-passer penalty against Atlanta last week.
Jones is a repeat offender, resulting in the large amount doled out by the league Friday. Last Sunday, Jones hit Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the first half of Atlanta's 33-32 victory.
Newton addresses concerns with Goodell; Campbell fined $18K
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton's concerns about "illegal hits" have been heard by the NFL — and action has been taken.
A person familiar with the situation says Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Calais Campbell has been fined $18,000 for his hit on Newton in Sunday's game. The person spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the league does not publicly announce fines.