Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Campbell: Player of week, and beyond
By Mike Sando
NFC West teams used 2008 second-round draft choices for Donnie Avery (St. Louis), John Carlson (Seattle) and Chilo Rachal (San Francisco).
The division landed one other second-rounder that year: Calais Campbell, chosen 50th overall by Arizona.
Campbell is the only one of the four remaining with his original team. The defensive end is also the NFC's defensive player of the week after collecting two sacks, three quarterback hits and 10 tackles during the Cardinals' 20-18 victory at New England in Week 2.
As the Cardinals noted in their news release, Campbell becomes the first player in team history to receive such an honor in multiple categories. He was previously named the NFC's top special-teams player following a 2009 game against Jacksonville.
The 6-foot-8 Campbell blocked a field goal in Arizona's opening-week victory over Seattle. He blocked three last season and has blocked six for his career.
Campbell hasn't been the only defensive standout for the 2-0 Cardinals.
Darnell Dockett dominated against Seattle in Week 1 and easily could have been a worthy choice for the award. Dockett also deflected Tom Brady's first pass Sunday, facilitating an interception. He later made a key tackle for loss.
Linebacker Daryl Washington and Paris Lenon have flourished to this point as well. I thought Arizona's coverage in the secondary has been excellent as well. Coverage contributed to the Cardinals' four-sack total against New England.