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Calais Campbell, Myles Jack support Telvin Smith's decision

5/15/2019 12:12:06 PM
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Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell and linebacker Myles Jack said they successfully reached out to Telvin Smith and understand his decision to sit out, John Reid of the Florida Times-Union reports.

″I was able to speak to him a little bit you know and that was good for me,″ Campbell said. ″He’s an incredible guy, knows the game of football. When he says he needs a moment, need some time, you have to respect that. This is guy that dedicated his life to the game and has for a long time. I’m here for him.″

Smith plans to sit out the season to focus on his health and family. Before his Instagram announcement, he skipped the team’s voluntary offseason program and has not communicated with Marrone.

″We’ve had communication,″ Jack said. ″On my end, everything is clear. I completely understand where he’s coming from and I think on his end there’s more important things he needs to take care of in his life than the game of football, which I respect. I think that’s great because it’s hard for a lot of people to walk away from this game. The way he’s doing it on his own terms, you got to respect it. I’m definitely going to miss him out there.″

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