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Jaguars DL Calais Campbell expresses good feelings about 2019

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Dec 2, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell (93) smiles for the camera after winning the game against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars DL Calais Campbell spoke to Jaguars media shortly after Monday’s practice expressing good feelings and “vibe” about the future of the 2019 Jaguars.

Campbell has been the Jaguars’ rock on defense ever since joining the team in 2017 and has continued to be everything and more the Jags could have hoped for entering the 2019 campaign. Accumulating 25 sacks in the past two years alone, it is safe to say he is the Jaguars most productive pass rusher.

Campbell has a similar feeling as he did when joining the team in 2017. Before the 2017 campaign, Campbell spoke with SI’s Rober Klemko shortly after signing with the team stating, “I feel like the rest of the world doesn’t see Jacksonville the way I do. I think Jacksonville’s close.”

It turns out, he was right and the Jaguars went onto participate in the AFC Title game before being beaten by the New England Patriots. This year, Campbell has similar feelings. Talking with Jaguars media after practice Campbell said, “I have a real good vibe about it again. It is just the way we are working. We are working to get better. It is a lot of learning going on and guys are getting better each and every day.”

If Campbell is right, the Jaguars may have a shot at redemption this season with new QB Nick Foles.

Although former Jaguars QB Blake Bortles feels he has never received coaching in the way he does now with the Rams, the Jaguars coaches have always been one of the major reasons why Campbell enjoys Jacksonville.

While many players opt to skip voluntary workout sessions Calais Campbell looks at it a different way. The only way he has approached an NFL offseason. Speaking to reporters after practice Campbell stated on why he is here, “This is what got me here to Year 12 – I’ve always shown up. The biggest thing for me is I like being around the guys. I like being in the locker room. I like talking to the coaches. This is where, for me, I really try and get to know my teammates. By the time the season starts and everything is flying different ways, you can only get so much better. ”

For players such as Jalen Ramsey, and Yannick Ngakoue it does not mean that Calais Campbell’s philosophy on voluntary workouts should be their own, however, Campbell exudes leadership with the way he approaches things. Even going so far as to workout with fellow defensive linemen Taven Bryan and Eli Ankou before practice starts. Campbell typically works out on his own before practice to do a little individual work, but with Bryan and Ankou’s lockers right next to him, he took the opportunity to invite the two young linemen.

Jun 3, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell (93) defensive tackle Eli Ankou (54) and defensive tackle Taven Bryan (90) enter the field during organized team activities at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

On his reasoning for inviting them, Campbell stated, “Their lockers are next to mine, so it’s a little easier to get them to come out and work on some stuff. The whole practice I was talking to guys and working on different stuff. At the end of the day, we are professionals. We just work on different things and different mindsets, understanding why I’m doing something a little better.”

Campbell has always been a leader in the locker room. Although he is not the most vocal of leaders around the NFL, he absolutely leads by example on and off the field. Today after practice Campbell was thrilled with the prospect of having the children from PedsCare breakdown practice Monday. Campbell said, “This is an experience that is rare. To be able to come in and be a part of a team and break it down … These kids are going through a lot in their lives and that little bit of joy, it is incredible seeing that smile on their faces and just how excited they were. That was real cool.”

While Campbell did not set up this particular event, he has done plenty for Jacksonville in the past, including his yearly charity bowling event.

Calais Campbell is a world-class athlete and human, and folks in Jacksonville should absolutely cherish the moments they have left with him in Jacksonville.

Demetrius Harvey is the lead editor for the Locked on Jaguars website covering breaking news, breakdowns, and more. You can follow him at @Demetrius82 on twitter.

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Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith apparently fined by team

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Dec 2, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith (50) reacts during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have apparently fined LB Telvin Smith for missing three days of mandatory minicamp. This amount, according to Telvin Smith on Instagram, was for a total of $88,650. Telvin Smith decided to leave the game of football for a year last month and has not shown up to any team activities since the season ended in January.

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Smith stated in his Instagram post “Oh y’all  thght [sic] it was a game!!! You say you wanna sit & get ya life right. . . they say nah […] you pay me!!!” also stating “It’s still love!!”

The Jaguars have every right to fine Smith under the current CBA signed in 2011 regarding mandatory participation in team activities. Smith has not yet informed the Jaguars officially of his intentions for the 2019 season, thus he is still considered a part of the team and on the 90-man roster.

It is not yet known whether or not the team has opted to fine DE Yannick Ngakoue who was also missing from mandatory minicamp last week as he resolves his contract with the team.

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REPORT: Jaguars sign WR Tre McBride and DT Kalani Vakameilao

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The Jacksonville Jaguars announced today the signings of WR Tre McBride and Rookie DT Kalani Vakameilalo. Both players had a tryout during yesterday’s minicamp practice. They have waived LB Nick DeLuca and LS Christian Kuntz to make room.

McBride has played for the Tennesee Titans, Chicago Bears, and the New York Jets during his time in the NFL. In 2017 he hauled in eight receptions for 144 yards. His lone touchdown came in 2015 with the Tennesee Titans. The Jaguars currently have 12 WRs on the roster including McBride. They will enter training camp for a battle for possibly five or six spots. Currently, it would be a surprise if McBride makes the team.

Vakameilao went undrafted out of Oregon State where he posted 75 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss.

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Jaguars finalize draft class with signing of LB Quincy Williams

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially wrapped up their 2019 NFL Draft class with the signing of third-round pick Quincy Williams the team has announced today. Williams played college football at Murray State as a linebacker and safety and will be playing LB with the Jaguars.

Following the departure of WLB Telvin Smith, the Jaguars needed to find a replacement, and they hope Williams can eventually develop into that role. During OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Williams has taken some first-team reps at LB along with LB Ramik Wilson. The WLB battle will be one to watch during training camp later this summer.

Williams spoke briefly following the signing of his contract stating, “I’ve been dreaming on this and waiting on this moment my whole life,” Williams said. “I’m just here to answer the question of, ‘Who is Quincy Williams?’”

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