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Calais Campbell: ‘I still believe in Blake’

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Shortly after the Jacksonville Jaguars lost 20-7 to the Houston Texans in a game that included the starting quarterback being benched, the leading running back gaining 28 yards on the ground, and four sacks on backup quarterback Cody Kessler, veteran defensive players Calais Campbell and Telvin Smith called a players-only meeting.

Typically, these meetings are meant to act as a sort of reset during a watershed time in the season, a Come-to-Jesus moment if you will.

After emerging from the meeting, Campbell was asked about the decision between Blake Bortles and Cody Kessler. Who should continue as the starter? What’s the best way forward for this team?

“I still believe in Blake. I understand Coach’s decision, and I respect it. At the same time, I believe in Blake. He’s just got to take care of the ball. It’s as simple as that. Cody came in and played a great ball game. I wish we could have won the game and it would have been incredible. But he did bring a little spark. I have seen that in practice, and I was confident in him.”

With Bortles named the starter for at least the Week 8 matchup in London against the Philadelphia Eagles, Campbell got his wish.