Green Bay Packers safety Josh Jones shocked Packers nation yesterday when news broke he wants out of Green Bay. The 2017 second-rounder has seen more failures than successes during his first two years and it has landed him as a rotational defensive back.
Jones’ play has given him very little leverage to demand anything but GM Brian Gutekunst will likely honor the players’ request even if compensation turns out to be a day three pick. If the Green Bay Packers find a suitor for Jones, they have brought in a ton of safeties to fight for his job, however, it may not be a bad idea to call last year’s midseason signing Ibraheim Campbell, who is currently still a free agent.
Campbell only saw action in three games in 2018 before an undisclosed injury landed him on injured reserve after their week 13 loss at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals. For a player signed off the street, Campbell had a significant impact recording 18 tackles in limited snaps. Injuries to the team’s secondary allowed him to start against the Cardinals as he went on to record eight tackles and force a fumble in that game.
This offseason the Packers have completely reshaped their safeties since last year, bringing in Adrian Amos and drafting Darnell Savage in the first round. Last week, they used a flier on Mike Tyson, who like Campbell, has bounced around the league quite a bit in a short amount of time. This does not include last year’s safeties Raven Greene and Natrell Jamerson who are also trying to make the final 53 this summer.
Campbell quickly jumped Greene on the depth chart in 2018 and it may not be that hard to do it again. Greene is still very raw and doesn’t possess the same level of versatility as Campbell. As an undrafted free agent, Jamerson was lucky enough to see snaps on special teams a season ago and is a converted corner.
Tyson may be the first one to take Jones’ reps given his experience but it may pique Green Bay’s interest to reach out to Campbell before training camp. If his inability to pass a physical is what is keeping him unsigned, he could be on a roster at any point in the coming months.
With the Jets secondary getting thinner by the day, it’s no surprise that the team is perusing available options.
Rollins, a second-round pick of the Packers’ in 2015, was released by Green Bay with an injury settlement after suffering a hamstring injury during the preseason. He can play cornerback and safety, which would give the Jets some much-needed versatility given the current fragile state of the secondary.
Campbell, meanwhile, was a fourth-round pick of the Browns’ in 2015 and has also spent time with Houston and Dallas. A safety, he played four games for the Cowboys this season, primarily on special teams, before being released recently.
The Jets secondary is currently in shambles, so they are doing their due diligence; expect other names to come through Florham Park this week.
Good morning and welcome to the Titletown Report. The Green Bay Packers have had two tough road losses since returning from their bye week, but they now return home to take on the Miami Dolphins.
In today’s Titletown Report: Dairyland Express’ article on three players in the spotlight this week against the Miami Dolphins, predictions for every Week 10 game, and Paul Bretl’s article on Ibraheim Campbell’s role in Mike Pettine’s defense.
So let’s get started. Here’s a roundup of the latest articles from around the internet.
Lombardi Ave’s Paul Bretl looks at the safety position. Without Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Jermaine Whitehead, new signing Ibraheim Campbell could be set for an important role on defense in the near future.
After cutting their roster down to 53 players yesterday, the Cowboys announced on Sunday they picked up safety Ibraheim Campbell and center Adam Redmond off waivers.
With the acquisition, the Cowboys waived guard Kadeem Edwards and defensive tackle Brian Price to bring the roster back down to 53 players.
Center became a position of need for the Cowboys with starter Travis Frederick dealing with an autoimmune disease diagnosis. Redmond appeared in four games for the Indianapolis Colts in 2017.
Campbell started 11 games in three seasons with the Cleveland Browns and had 61 total tackles and a pass deflection.
CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns have a pair of openings in their defensive backfield, and second-year safety Ibraheim Campbell is anxious to fill one of them.
Thus far, through the first 10 days of training camp, Campbell has worked his way in with the first-team defense alongside fellow safety Jordan Poyer in an effort to replace Tashaun Gipson and Donte Whitner, who held down starting spots next to each other for the last two years.
“Absolutely, it was a tremendous opportunity to come in and be running with the ones this year,” Campbell said. “I made sure that I kind of did everything that I could in preparation for that opportunity. I’ve just been working every day to make sure that I took full advantage of it and was ready to go.”
According to Campbell, the experience he has gained by running with the first-team defense has been “extremely important” to his development.
“No matter how much film you watch on those types of things, there’s no substitute for experiences, so I’m cherishing every opportunity that I have on the field, every rep that I get in practice,” Campbell said. “Whether it be individual drills, whether it be team drills, seven-on-seven, I’m always trying to make sure that I’m making the most of those reps to be productive on the field.”
Additionally, the first-team work has given Campbell an opportunity to build a rapport with Poyer.
“It’s very important, the relationship between the safeties and the corners and the linebackers,” Campbell said. “Any team, you need to kind of know what to be able to expect from your teammates.
“That’s something we really harp on. We’ve been really focusing on building each other up as a team and on and off the field, and I think it’s really starting to show. It also makes the on-the-field experiences that are much better when you’re doing things, gelling well, all those types of things. It creates a great environment for the team.”
The 115th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Campbell was a co-captain at Northwestern and second-team All-Big Ten Conference selection by league coaches during his senior season.
The 5-foot-11, 220-pound native of Philadelphia registered 39 solo tackles, 15 assists, 54 total stops, and one tackle for lost yardage, forced four fumbles, recovered another, defended three passes and intercepted three throws, which he returned for 79 yards in only eight games in 2014.
During his four-year career at Northwestern, Campbell registered 192 solo tackles, 124 assists and 316 total stops, 7.5 tackles for lost yardage, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 24 passes defended and 11 interceptions.
And he hopes to put his versatility on display for the Browns this season, so long as it will better the team.
“I see myself as someone who can play down in the box, really create turnovers in the box, whether that be forcing fumbles, whatever,” Campbell said. “Also, I play high, but at the free safety position, being able to break on balls and catch interceptions as well. I think my versatility is probably one of my biggest strengths.”