Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Homecoming Question; Ex-Card Campbell Doesn't Know, Doesn't Care about Arizona Reception

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Homecoming Question; Ex-Card Campbell Doesn't Know, Doesn't Care about Arizona Reception

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Byline: John Reid

On Sunday, Calais Campbell goes back to the place where he started his NFL career.

And Campbell is not quite sure how he will be received on his first return to Arizona since signing a four-year, $60 million free agent contract with the Jaguars in March.

Whether the defensive end hears cheers or jeers for his homecoming, it makes no difference to him.

After enjoying nine successful seasons with the Cardinals, who drafted him in the second round in 2008, Campbell put the game into perspective.

"I get that it's a storyline, but for me, you have to make it just another game,'' Campbell said Tuesday. "You have to make it just about getting a`W'. I have friends there, I spent a lot of time there, a lot of history. But you've got to live in the moment. Right now, we're a real good team trying to take that next step and set ourselves up to win a division.''

Yet, Campbell, 31, says he looks forward to seeing some of his former teammates, especially wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

"It will be fun to connect with those guys," Campbell said. "Larry is always one of those guys and I hope he let me trade jerseys. I've always wanted a jersey from him. I've never asked him for one before, so this will be kind of cool."

Perhaps, no free agent has made a bigger splash this season than what Campbell has done so far in Jacksonville. He is tied for the NFL lead in sacks with Dallas' DeMarcus Lawrence with 11.5.

Behind Campbell's presence, the Jaguars are allowing just 276.6 total yards and yielding 14.1 points per game. Both rank first in the league.

At 6-feet-8, 300 pounds, Campbell has been strong enough to bull-rush through blocks for sacks and tackles. Campbell, who has not missed a game this season, has made 39 tackles, which is the fifth-highest on the team.

" I think Calais, he's gone above and beyond at least what I thought he was going to be coming in here,'' coach Doug Marrone said. "More importantly, the production that we've had out of him, he's playing a lot of plays for us and he's been outstanding.''

Off the field, Campbell's strong leadership skills have impacted the entire Jaguars' locker room. …

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