In an occasional feature, we're going to briefly highlight any of the lesser-known players that make an impact at camp and in preseason. Today, we focus on Tevaughn Campbell.
What he did:
In the wake of all the cornerback injuries and the struggles of some of the backups, Campbell - a 26-year old cornerback who had never been on an NFL roster until the Jets signed him - got a chance to work with the first unit at Sunday night's practice.
He even made at least one play:
CB Campbell nice PD on a Darnold pass to Enunwa in the end zone.— Dan Leberfeld (@jetswhispers) August 19, 2019
Campbell had been on the third unit until Derrick Jones was released, then moved up to play with the twos. When Trumaine Johnson and his replacement Kyron Brown each pulled a hamstring, Arthur Maulet became the starter but he struggled against the Falcons starters on Thursday night.
Campbell had three passes defensed in that game and is, in fact, the only Jets defensive back with any passes defensed in preseason, so he has earned a chance to see if he can hang with the starters.
Based on the film from when he was playing in the CFL, Campbell is a great athlete and while he's still raw and has some bad habits, perhaps good coaching can held him to develop quickly.
Campbell is still a long-shot, but considering the fact he wasn't ever a lock to even last with the team until training camp, he's certainly ahead of where he was.
Perhaps he could earn a practice squad spot if the team thinks there's a chance they can continue to develop his skill-set.
More on Campbell:
Here's the in-depth scouting report on Campbell.