Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

All-Pro Honors for Campbell, Ramsey; Two More on Jaguars' Defense Named to Second Team

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

All-Pro Honors for Campbell, Ramsey; Two More on Jaguars' Defense Named to Second Team

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Byline: John Reid

Defensive end Calais Campbell and cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who led a Jaguars defense that helped clinch the franchise's first playoff berth in 10 years, were named to the Associated Press All-Pro first-team on Friday.

It's the first time in 18 years that two Jaguars players were selected to the first team. Until this season, the Jaguars have not had a player named to the first team since 2011 when running back Maurice Jones-Drew was chosen.

The last time a Jaguars defensive player was named to the All-Pro team was cornerback Rashean Mathis in 2006.

Cornerback A.J. Bouye and linebacker Telvin Smith were second-team selections. The teams are selected by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league.

Campbell finished second in the NFL with 14.5 sacks, a franchise record. The Jaguars ended the regular season with 55 sacks, one behind league-leading Pittsburgh. Jacksonville was the only team in the league to have four players with at least eight sacks, which included Yannick Ngakoue's 12, Dante Fowler and Malik Jackson each had eight.

Ramsey had a career-high four interceptions this season.

He and Campbell were also selected to the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl, along with Bouye and Jackson.

"I think first team is very impressive and I think second team is also impressive," Campbell said. "So the guys that made second team I also want to give them love. It's a testament on how we're doing as a team. Any time you get individual awards like this it's because your team has played well."

Bouye, however, wasn't pleased about his second-team selection, believing he did enough to warrant first-team consideration. Bouye was beaten out by Minnesota's Xavier Rhodes for the first-team cornerback spot with Ramsey.

"I'm pissed, time to start watching more film instead of going off names," Bouye said in response to his second-team selection and the All-Pro voting process.

Bouye, who signed a five-year, $67.5 million free agent deal with the Jaguars last March after playing four seasons with Houston, had a career-high six interceptions and his 18 passes defensed are sixth-most in the NFL. …

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