Rugby 7s Updates - January 2019

January 04 2019

Tevaughn Campbell & Damian McGrath - World Rugby 7s 2018

Rugby 7s Rookie Tevaughn Campbell Signs with NFL New York Jets

Well the vision that Canada had their own version of Carlin Isles or Perry Baker in the making with world class speed ripping up the defences on the world rugby 7s circuit just got a little dimmer. Tevaughn Campbell who has world class speed was just learning the ropes of rugby 7s and was a mainstay of the Canada team last season on the world rugby 7s circuit. Not any more, he's signed a reserve/future contract with the NY Jets of the NFL. Who can blame him, the minimum money in the NFL is well into six figures, not what you'll make while seeing the world playing rugby 7s.

Ironically one player who was on that path the last couple of years is now back with the national 7s team. Adam Zaruba had a shot with the Philadelphia Eagles as a tight end but it didn't last and he was welcomed back to the red and white.

We wish Tevaughn all the best. It would be interesting to know what he picked up from his season playing rugby 7s that helped him in his progression on the gridiron pathway. He excelled last season with the Montreal Alouettes after coming off the world rugby 7s series.

Campbell's 7s journey started in December 2017 in the Dubai Invitational with the Maple Leafs, he then went on the the 2018 South American tour with the Maple Leafs stopping in Punta del Este and Vina del Mar. Then the first international cap was the Hamilton 7s in NZ in February, then Vegas and Vancouver, followed by Hong Kong, the Commonwealth Games in Australia and finally Singapore. He returned to the CFL before the final London and Paris stops.

from NY Jets

The Jets have signed DL Charles Tapper and DB Tevaughn Campbell to reserve/future contracts.

A fourth-round pick of the Cowboys in 2016, the 6’3”, 270-pound Tapper appeared in two games with Dallas in 2016-17. In four seasons at Oklahoma, Tapper racked up 15.5 sacks and 26.5 stops for loss.

Signed from the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes, the 25-year-old Campbell played four seasons up north and totaled 53 defensive tackles, four sacks, three touchdowns and two forced fumbles.

from TSN

Former Alouettes DB Campbell signs deal with New York Jets

Tevaughn Campbell is hoping the third time is indeed the charm.

The former Montreal Alouettes defensive back signed with the New York Jets on Friday. It marks the third time he'll try to catch on with an NFL team after previously earning rookie mini-camp invites from the Washington Redskins and New York Giants in 2015.

But much has changed since then for the six-foot, 195-pound Toronto native. This time around he'll have the benefit of more experience.

Four years ago, Campbell headed to the NFL with just three years of Canadian university football under his belt. Now, the 25-year-old Toronto native will report to the Jets after playing four seasons in Canada with three CFL teams.

Campbell had 21 tackles, two interceptions and two TDs in 10 games last season with Montreal, who released Campbell on Thursday so he could pursue NFL opportunities. The six-foot, 195-pound Toronto native also spent time in the CFL with Calgary and Saskatchewan, recording 53 tackles, nine special-teams tackles, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and a sack from 2015-2018.

"I feel like the first time I was fresh out of Canadian university and I think that kind of held me back a little because I'd only played two years (with the Regina Rams)," Campbell said via telephone. "I've played more, started a lot more games and experienced a lot more the last four years."

Also on Friday, Ottawa Redblacks receiver/kick-returner Diontae Spencer signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Edmonton released star wide receiver D'haquille (Duke) Williams to pursue an opportunity south of the border.

Campbell raised eyebrows at the 2015 CFL combine when he posted a record 40-yard dash time of 4.35 seconds. That effort would've left Campbell tied for fifth among defensive backs at last year's NFL combine as LSU's Donte Jackson, Ohio State's Denzel Ward and Tulane's Parry Nickerson all finished tied for first overall at 4.32 seconds.

Cincinnati Bengals receiver John Ross holds the NFL combine 40-yard dash record of 4.22 seconds set in 2017.

The Stampeders ultimately selected Campbell in the third round, No. 22 overall, in the '15 CFL draft.

Campbell is hardly a one-sport star. He ran track at Regina and in 2016 was Canadian university's fastest man after winning the 60-metre crown in 6.67 seconds, a school record and personal-best time.

And last year Campbell played for Canada's national rugby-sevens squad. He scored his first try in the World Rugby Sevens Series during a 22-14 loss to Samoa last February in Hamilton, New Zealand.

This off-season Campbell had altered his training to ensure he was reaching his peak in time for his NFL workouts. With a signed contract in hand, Campbell is gladly reverting back to training like a football player.

It's unclear whether Campbell will get the nod at cornerback or defensive back once the Jets begin preparations for the 2019 season. But Campbell is confident he has the skillset needed to make it in the NFL.

"I think I'm a very explosive defensive back with a lot of speed," he said. "I believe that will be an added plus in the NFL."

The Jets are currently a team in flux. Head coach Todd Bowles was fired earlier this week after the team finished last in the AFC East with a 4-12 record.

But Campbell isn't worrying about who the Jets will hire to replace Bowles.

"Just trusting my abilities and what I bring to the table," he said. "I've been cut and traded before and if I ever experienced any disbelief in myself I would've given up on this dream.

"But I never did and I kept working."

Campbell knows Kacy Rogers, who remains the Jets defensive co-ordinator, at least for now. Campbell and Rogers' son, Kacy II, were Roughriders teammates in 2016.

"Kacy and I became very close in Regina so I feel like I have a bit of a connection there (with elder Rogers)," Campbell said. "But I feel like I'm kind of starting from scratch here so showing what I can do and what I bring to the table will be more important (than who Jets hire as head coach).

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