Falcons' De'Vondre Campbell turning heads on and off the field

From ESPN - August 13, 2017

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Walk through the Atlanta Falcons' parking lot and you will notice the custom-made Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat with gold trimming and slick black rims.

It belongs to second-year linebacker De'Vondre Campbell, who purchased the toy in Florida last year.

"It's different, and I consider myself different," Campbell said. "I try to be different in everything that I do. When I did it, I was like, 'I want to do something that I have never seen anybody do.' The gold is real. It's just dipped in gold."

So how much did Campbell pay for it?

"A pretty penny," he said with a smile.

Linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich offered his opinion on Campbell's ride.

"It looks like a Transformer," Ulbrich said. "It's pretty cool."

Yes, Campbell is in the midst of a transformation, one that has him primed for an optimal performance this season.

The 6-foot-3, 234-pound Campbell started at weak-side linebacker as a rookie a year ago, struggling to diagnose plays at times and hampered by a serious ankle injury. Now he's adjusting to playing strong-side linebacker in the base package, a move made, in part, to showcase Campbell's all-around skills and one also related to the addition of rookie Duke Riley as another speedy inside linebacker. Campbell likely will remain as the Will linebacker in the nickel package, although Riley could push him for those duties next to middle linebacker Deion Jones.


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