The question about how the Jaguars use defensive lineman Calais Campbell will not completely crystallize until the Sept. 10 lid lifter at Houston.

 

How much will he play?

How much will he line up at defensive tackle?

How much defensive end will he play in passing situations?

To gain some insight, we went to last year’s tape to analyze how the Arizona Cardinals used Campbell in two games – a Week 1 loss to New England and a Week 11 loss at Minnesota.

The data …

New England: Played 59 of 71 snaps. … Played 24 first-down, 19 second-down and 16 third-down snaps. … Lined up on the left side of the line just two times – once apiece at left end and left tackle. … The Cardinals mixed up their fronts, sometimes using only two down linemen on a third down and Campbell would be one of them. … Even when Campbell lined up at right end, he was basically over the guard because linebacker Chandler Jones was an on-the-ball defender in a two-point stance. … We had him at right defensive tackle on 19 snaps but even at end, he would veer inside to take on the guard.

Minnesota: Played 48 of 58 snaps. … Played 18 first-down, 16 second-down and 13 third-down snaps and one fourth-down play. … Lined up on the left side of the center on eight snaps. … Could have been called the nose tackle on four snaps. … Played right defensive tackle on nine snaps. … When he was not in the game, he would stay out for an entire series.

The conclusions …

Campbell is going to face a transition to the Jaguars’ defense, which so far has given every indication of always having four down linemen. Lining up at defensive tackle won’t be an adjustment for Campbell, but if he is asked to line up wider at end, he will face offensive tackles more often and be challenged to get around the corner.

But the big takeaway is his versatility and the options he gives defensive coordinator Todd Wash.

“He has the ability to get on the edge,” Wash said last month. “He’s just so big [6-foot-8 and 300 pounds], he’s going to give some of the undersized tackles some issues just because of his power. In passing situations, he can down inside and he closes up a lot of passing lanes.”

WHY HENNE IS HERE

For those wondering why Chad Henne remains on the Jaguars’ roster even though he has no pass attempts since September 2014, turn to page 74 of Arizona coach Bruce Arians’ new book, “The Quarterback Whisperer.”

Arians writes: “I always like to have a back-up quarterback who knows my system. The solid back-up is another coach in the meeting room and on the field. Remember, quarterbacks will ask their fellow quarterbacks more questions than they’ll ever ask their own coaches. It’s just like in school – students are more likely to ask other students questions before raising their hand to ask the teacher.”

Bingo. Henne has experience in many offenses. He has experience working with new coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. And he has accepted being a sounding board for Blake Bortles.

That’s why Henne is here.

MCVAY ON OLSON

New Rams coach Sean McVay has surrounded himself with veteran assistants, including defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and quarterbacks coach Greg Olson.

Olson’s second stint with the Jaguars ended last October when he was fired as offensive coordinator. He was in the mix to be Buffalo’s coordinator, but ended up with the Rams.

When we asked McVay about Olson’s presence on the staff, he said it was “extremely important.” McVay and Olson were on the same Tampa Bay staff under coach Jon Gruden.

“One of the things we feel really fortunate about with both our offensive and defensive staffs is we have some veteran leaders in place,” McVay said. “[In Tampa Bay], I really respected and admired the way that he went about his business. He’s a great communicator. Great teacher. And he’s called plays for a long time – he’s called plays longer than I have. He’s going to be a great resource and mentor that I’ll be able to go to for guidance.”

FINAL DRIVE

Detroit rookie Jarrad Davis, who prepped at Camden County before going to Florida, is expected to enter training camp as the favorite to start at middle linebacker – high praise considering the Lions made the playoffs last year. Davis was drafted No. 21 overall. Davis will be responsible for relaying the defensive play call, but will benefit from veteran outside linebackers Tahir Whitehead and Paul Worrilow.

Late last month, Adweek unveiled its “Most Powerful Women In Sports” list. Only two of the 35 women have direct NFL connections: Chicago owner Virginia McCaskey (she owns 80 percent of the club) and NFL chief marketing officer Dawn Hudson (responsible for introducing a league-sponsored conference for women).

Example 42,242 of us being wrong about a player: We thought Dorial Green-Beckham, despite getting booted from Missouri and never playing a game for Oklahoma, would be a solid pro. Well, not yet. DGB was drafted 40th overall by Tennessee in 2015 and had 32 catches for 549 yards. But the Titans’ new regime traded him to Philadelphia last year and he had 36 catches for 392 yards. The Eagles released him last week. Some team should give him a shot.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson announced last week he is starting the Russell Wilson Quarterback Academy with former teammate Jake Heaps. The camp will offer elite summer camps (two-day quarterback/receiver camp), team training (quarterbacks throw to their team’s receivers) and one-on-one instruction. Sessions range in price from $125-$300.

The Jaguars are represented three times on Spotrac’s list of 50 highest-paid NFL players (based on average salary): Tied for 37th – Campbell ($15 million, tied with Chicago quarterback Mike Glennon); 43rd – defensive tackle Malik Jackson ($14.25 million); and 50th – cornerback A.J. Bouye ($13.5 million). The top 15 are all quarterbacks, followed by Denver outside linebacker Von Miller ($19,083,333).

Detroit rookie Jarrad Davis, who prepped at Camden County before going to Florida, is expected to enter training camp as the favorite to start at middle linebacker – high praise considering the Lions made the playoffs last year. Davis was drafted No. 21 overall. Davis will be responsible for relaying the defensive play call, but will benefit from veteran outside linebackers Tahir Whitehead and Paul Worrilow.

Late last month, Adweek unveiled its “Most Powerful Women In Sports” list. Only two of the 35 women have direct NFL connections: Chicago owner Virginia McCaskey (she owns 80 percent of the club) and NFL chief marketing officer Dawn Hudson (responsible for introducing a league-sponsored conference for women).

Example 42,242 of us being wrong about a player: We thought Dorial Green-Beckham, despite getting booted from Missouri and never playing a game for Oklahoma, would be a solid pro. Well, not yet. DGB was drafted 40th overall by Tennessee in 2015 and had 32 catches for 549 yards. But the Titans’ new regime traded him to Philadelphia last year and he had 36 catches for 392 yards. The Eagles released him last week. Some team should give him a shot.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson announced last week he is starting the Russell Wilson Quarterback Academy with former teammate Jake Heaps. The camp will offer elite summer camps (two-day quarterback/receiver camp), team training (quarterbacks throw to their team’s receivers) and one-on-one instruction. Sessions range in price from $125-$300.

Only two players have declared for Wednesday’s Supplemental Draft. The Jaguars have never selected a player in this arena. Georgia Military defensive end Tavares Bingham and Western New Mexico running back Marques Rogers represent the class. Bingham (6-4, 290), who originally signed with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, did not play anywhere last year. Rodgers (5-10, 173) has no statistics from last year, either, but rushed for 1,283 yards in 2015.

Longtime NFL observer (and former executive) Gil Brandt listed 2012 Jaguars third-round pick Bryan Anger as the sixth-best punter of all time. Amazing.

The NFL will have 124 game officials this year and eight are new hires. All 17 referees – including Jaguars fan favorite Jeff Triplette (his 22nd year) – return this season.