Updated, 5:47 p.m.
As a member of the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, there was French. But that wasn't as big an obstacle as the brand of football played north of the border.
Then came his pink slip from the Als, which sent him back to Edison, N.J., in late June as an unemployed football player.
"I was at home, a little depressed," he said. "I was still working out to keep myself in shape. Then I got a call."
The call was from the Jets, who had already started camp and, the same day they released Jordan White and a day before
Jets training camp mavens will recall Campbell was with the club as an undrafted free agent out of Temple in 2011. He had a couple of preseason catches. After that season, OC Brian Schottenheimer left for St. Louis and Campbell also got an invite from the Rams. He had a couple more preseason receptions, then was cut again, which led him to the CFL.
Now he's back in green and white and learning yet another language, this one the language of new OC Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast offense.
"I love Marty's offense," Campbell said. "It's just the terminology I've got to get used to. Certain words in this offense might have meant something else in my previous offenses. It just takes getting used to, but at the end of the day it's still football."
Campbell demonstrated that age-old verity again today with a very nice practice with the second and third offenses. He caught a touchdown pass on a low bullet from
"I felt like overall, I had a good practice today," he said. "I made a couple of good plays. That catch was just one of them. I take a lot of pride in my blocking."
And Michael Campbell has thrown his hat into the crowded ring for the last one or two wideout spots on the Jets' 53-man roster. If we list
He's not worried about that.
"I don't focus on that," he said. "I just come out here every day and just better myself. I control what I can control and let the chips fall where they may."
Head coach Rex Ryan said at today's news conference about Smith's ankle: "He's getting better. He's got a little bit of a limp but I don't think it's as bad as it was."
Perhaps because of the limp, perhaps not, Ryan wasn't ready to name his starting QB for the Jaguars at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night: "Let's see how the week plays out, and we'll make the right decision then."
Today's attendance: 934. The Jets wrap up the public portion of their Cortland training camp with one more Wednesday 10 a.m. practice, then finish with a closed practice Thursday morning before heading back to the Atlantic Health Training Center.
The Jets this afternoon waived T