The former CFL draft pick is in a good position to contribute in 2021.
Campbell was born in Scarborough, Ontario and as a talented prep, he earned the opportunity to join both the football and track & field teams at the University of Regina. Campbell actually spent a combined six years at Regina, where he played football from 2011-2014 on top of his track career that lasted a couple years longer (2011-2017). I’m not entirely sure how that worked, but he did it.
The Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), later named U Sports, is the governing body over Canadian sports similar to the NCAA. As far as football goes, there are 27 university teams that are divided into four conferences. Regina was in the Canadian West and they played eight games in a season.
As a true freshman in 2011, Campbell played in five of eight games, notching just two tackles and a pass breakup. He redshirted during the 2012 season before having his breakout year in 2013, totaling 30 tackles, six pass breakups, two tackles-for-loss, a sack, and two fumble recoveries. That same year, he also set the school record for punt return yards with 369. He earned Second-Team All-Canadian honors while being named a Canadian West All-Star as a defensive back and a kick returner.
His final year at Regina included seven games played but Campbell unfortunately missed the final game and the postseason due to injury. He finished the year with 17 tackles and four pass breakups. He left Regina as the schools all-time leader in kick and punt return average with 21.2 an 10.5, respectively.
Campbell spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons playing in the CFL while also continuing his track career at Regina. In 2016, Campbell won a Gold medal in the 60 meters at the CIS Championships. He also won the conference gold medal in his final three years while earning a silver medal as part of the school’s 4×200 relay at the CIS Championships in 2017.
After being selected by the Calgary Stampeders in the third round of the 2015 CFL Draft, he played just five games with the franchise before being traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders the following year. After two years, he was then traded to the Montreal Allouettes in a trade that included former NFL draft hopeful Vernon Adams Jr.
He finished his career in the CFL with 53 tackles, one sack, four interceptions, three defensive touchdowns, and two forced fumbles.
Campbell caught on with the New York Jets as a camp body prior to the 2019 season. On September 11 last year, he was signed to the practice squad by the Chargers. Throughout the rest of the season, he spent two stints on the active roster but ended the year on the PS before signing a reserve/futures contract with L.A.
In his first season seeing legitimate game action, Campbell started four games in place of the injured Chris Harris, finishing with his first career interception — which he returned for a touchdown against the Jets — to go with 22 total tackles, three pass breakups, and a forced fumble.
Joe Flacco with a picture perfect pass to Tevaughn Campbell for the TD. You cannot hit a player in stride better than this.
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 22, 2020
Years with team: 2
“Tevaughn Campbell signed a 1 year, $610,000 contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, including an average annual salary of $610,000. In 2021, Campbell will earn a base salary of $850,000, while carrying a cap hit of $850,000.” – Spotrac.com
Campbell has a track background from his time in college which really helps translate to his turn and chase phase in coverage. He’s got good football speed and showed the ability to come up big when given the opportunity and I think that stands for something on a team that usually needs depth players to play more than they normally would in any given season.
As a former CFL player turned Charger, Campbell already had the example of Dontrelle Inman to show him that the transition can work out and thus far, I think he’s doing better than many thought he’d do in the league this time last year.
Campbell lacks the ideal quick-twitch ability for a top tier corner and it showed when asked to cover any above-average receiver in 2020. He allowed 20 receptions on 31 target thrown his way for 251 yards and four touchdowns. The 95 yards after catch he allowed also paint a picture of a defender that failed to consistently stay in the hip pocket of his defender the majority of the time.
Odds of making the roster/What to expect in 2021?
As of right now, Campbell is the team’s fourth cornerback with the assumption that he’s currently ahead of former UDFA Brandon Facyson. Unless the team adds another veteran contributor, I think Campbell is safely on the roster and even in line to see some snaps on game day. Another year in the NFL also means potential improvement from a year ago and if that’s the case, the cornerback room may be better than it looks right now on paper. That’s the hope, but we’ll just have to wait until the preseason to finally see how these depth players look on the field.