Campbell recorded eight tackles (five solo) in Sunday's loss to Cleveland.
Campbell's eight tackles made for one of his best outings of the season, but it wasn't enough to take down the Browns in Cleveland. Campbell and the rest of the Falcons will look to bounce back in Week 11 when they take on the Cowboys.
Head coach Dan Quinn has been impressed with Campbell's ability to relay play calls to the rest of the Falcons defense since taking over that duty from the injured Deion Jones (foot), Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Campbell remains the Falcons' most experienced and reliable linebacker -- out of those that are healthy, at least -- leading the position group with 17 tackles through three weeks of play. The third-year man is a stable run defender, but he and the linebacking corps as a whole have struggled mightily at containing pass-catching backs, surrendering a combined 29 receptions for 226 yards to Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara over the past two outings. Atlanta has allowed more running back receptions than any other team since the start of the 2015 season, but will try to buck that trend Sunday against Cincinnati's Giovani Bernard. The versatile veteran back could present a mismatch for Falcons defenders, as 41.4 percent of his career offensive production is attributed to receiving yardage.
With Deion Jones (foot) out for at least eight weeks while on IR, Campbell stepped up as the anchor to Atlanta's injury-riddled defense in a crucial interdivisional clash against the Panthers. Though Christian McCaffrey enjoyed rampant production in the passing game with 14 receptions, Campbell helped keep the Panthers' ground attack somewhat in check, as no Carolina player exceeded 42 rushing yards on the afternoon.
Campbell started in all 16 regular-season games for the Falcons last year, accumulating 61 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble during his second year in the NFL (also recorded a sack in the team's Wild Card win against the Rams). Head coach Dan Quinn said Tuesday that he will continue to include Campbell in defensive line drills in an effort to help improve upon the linebacker's pass-rushing abilities, as the Falcons hope to ramp up pressure on opposing quarterbacks this season. If Campbell can contribute more in blitz situations, Atlanta will have a strong opportunity to finish top-10 in sacks during 2018 after finishing tied for 13th last season.
After posting 48 tackles in 11 games last season, Campbell made his presence known in his second year, nearly doubling his tackle total and getting to the quarterback twice, something he never did in his rookie season. His 92 tackles ranked third on the team, and he should continue to see plenty of tackle opportunities in his third year in the league.
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