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Calais Campbell named PFWA NFL Defensive Player of the Year

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Calais Campbell is actually good, folks.

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Jacksonville Jaguars All-Pro DE Calais Campbell has been named Defensive Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.

Campbell, who was acquired by the team as an unrestricted free agent on March 10, 2017, started all 16 games for the third consecutive season and totaled 67 tackles, 14.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, three passes defensed and one fumble recovery, which he returned 10 yards for a touchdown. Campbell set the Jaguars single-season franchise record with a career-high and AFC-leading 14.5 sacks this season. His 4.0 sacks against Houston in the season opener were a single-game franchise record and were the most in a game by an AFC defender this season.

The Associated Press (AP) named Campbell a first-team All-Pro selection at EDGE and a second-team All-Pro selection as an interior defensive lineman. This season marked Campbell’s first time being named an AP first-team All-Pro selection and he was the only player this year and is the only player in franchise history to be named an All-Pro at multiple positions in the same season.

Campbell, along with CB Jalen Ramsey, are the first Jaguars to be named to the AP All-Pro first team since RB Maurice Jones-Drew was a first team selection in 2011. The last Jaguars defender to make the AP All-Pro first team was CB Rashean Mathis (first team) in 2006. Campbell is the first defensive lineman in franchise history to be a first team All-Pro selection.

Thee NFL announced that Campbell was selected as a Pro Bowl starter at defensive end after finishing second in the NFL in Pro Bowl fan voting for defensive ends. Campbell joins Tony Brackens (1999) as the only defensive ends to be named to the Pro Bowl in Jaguars history. Campbell was also named to the PFWA All-NFL Team this week, and was previously named AFC Defensive Player of the Year by the NFL 101 Awards.