Falcons linebacker De'Vondre Campbell (59), defensive back Desmond Trufant (21), defensive end Brooks Reed (50) and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (97) react after the Saints scored an apparent touchdown to win in OT on Sept. 23. It was ruled short of the goal line but the Saints went on to score on the next play. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM
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Falcons’ Campbell takes over as signal-caller on defense 

“I had it once before last year,” Campbell said Thursday.  “This was my second time doing it.”

Campbell has the green sticker on his helmet and communicates with the defense after receiving the signals from the coaches. 

“It’s nothing; it’s easy to me,” Campbell said. “I’ve done it before, so it’s not like it’s a big adjustment.”

Duke Riley, who made 11 tackles against the Saints and didn’t miss any tackles, moved into the lineup with Jones down.

Campbell, a three-year starter, has more experience in the defense. With Jones out until at least Week 11, Cambell is comfortable taking on more of a leadership role on the defense.

Also, strong safety Keanu Neal (knee) and free safety Ricardo Allen (left Achilles) are out for the season with injuries. 

“I think everybody knows what expected of them,” Campbell said. “With them guys being down, that means I have a little bit more responsibility, but it’s not (anything) that I can’t handle. Just have to take it a day at a time.”

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