Canadian defensive back Tevaughn Campbell has seen Tyreek Hill’s speed live.
The two-time first-team All-Pro ran 40 yards in 4.29 (hand time) at his University of West Alabama pro day and he’s been burning NFL secondaries ever since. However, Campbell has burst of his own, he ripped off a 4.35 laser time at the 2015 CFL combine.
“When you look at the (NFL) receivers, one of the biggest things they boast about is the great speed they have,” Campbell told Regina Leader-Post reporter Murray McCormick.
“Guys like Tyreek Hill are fast and there are a lot of fast receivers, especially in our [AFC West] division. They can hold their own, but I’m not going to say they are faster than me.”
For the first time in his career, Campbell has made the active 53-man roster to start an NFL season. He impressed Los Angeles Chargers decision-makers and earned his spot in the secondary. The 27-year-old has played in two career regular season games, both with the Chargers last season.
“With the NFL routes, you can assume what route you’re going to get. In the CFL, they can line up anywhere on the field and give you the whole route tree,” Campbell said.
“I feel the smaller NFL field made it easier as a cornerback because you have less field to cover.”
Campbell and the Chargers begin the campaign on the road against Cincinnati and 2020 No. 1 overall NFL draft pick, quarterback Joe Burrow.