Rookie LB Jack Campbell earns praise from Aaron Glenn

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As the weeks have gone on this season for the Lions, we continue to hear positive things about rookie linebacker Jack Campbell. Much of that praise is coming from defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn.

With linebacker Alex Anazlone set to miss multiple games due to a hand injury, the Lions defense is in desperate need for someone to step up. According to defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn, that player appears to be Jack Campbell.

“The next voice you’re going to hear is Jack,” Glenn said on Thursday.

“He’s a true Mike backer. He has to be the one that makes all those checks and he’s capable of doing that. Smart, heady guy that’s tough. He’s built for these moments. I’m looking forward for him to be the actual mouthpiece of the defense going into this game,” said Glenn.

This was brought up when Glenn was asked on how the on-field communication will shift without Anzalone. Glenn said, “well, that’s the reason we got Jack.” It’s expected for Campbell to be the player to step-up and communicate more to the defense.

With the New Orleans Saints dealing with injuries at wide receiver, it wouldn’t be surprising if they relied heavily on their rushing attack. Their backfield consists of Alvin Kamra, Jamaal Williams and Taysom Hill.

Campbell has played 383 defensive snaps this season. It’s resulted in 31 tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack. Throughout some of my film studies, I’ve noticed that he’s played with some hesitation. Much of that is due to the fact that I think he’s afraid of making a mistake. As the Saints carry a backfield, quarterback and offensive line filled with veterans, it’s imperative that Campbell not only displays the ability to communicate but he’s also got to have a strong performance on the field.

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