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Campbell’s ready to make a run at Weeden


Brandon Weeden knows he can’t look over his shoulderJason Campbell apparently plans to force him to.

Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository reports that Campbell displayed “Roethlisberger-like size” during offseason workouts this week.

He’s clearly bigger than Brandon Weeden,” Doerschuk writes of Campbell.  “He made Thaddeus Lewis look like a shrimp.”

And while Weeden officially is the starting quarterback, Campbell got the first crack in 11-on-11 drills during the first segment of full-squad practices.  Doerschuk praised Campbell’s performance; if the powers-that-be made the same observations, it’s hard not to wonder whether the presumed pecking order will soon become an open competition.

Campbell would have no complaints about that.  His $1.5 million salary for 2013 expands by $150,000 if he take 50 percent of the snaps in 2013, $350,000 if the number goes to 65 percent, and $600,000 if he takes 80 percent of the snaps.

He also will see his 2014 salary increase based on 2013 playing time; if he takes 65 percent of more of the snaps his $2 million salary for next season becomes $4 million.

The former first-round pick of the Redskins has a long way to go before he takes any of the snaps in 2013, but with the new regime in Cleveland inheriting Weeden and adding Campbell early in free agency, Campbell may have more of a shot than anyone realizes.

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40 Responses to “Campbell’s ready to make a run at Weeden”
  1. coltzfan166 says: May 18, 2013 1:30 AM

    If he won the job, he would get hurt. So Weeden doesn’t have much to worry about.

  2. cftball7 says: May 18, 2013 1:50 AM

    Campell is the new guy in town. He will probably be the starter.

  3. raideralex says: May 18, 2013 2:22 AM

    On a Raider team desperate for any glimmer of hope, he choked so often in meaningful games that he was benched FOUR times in his lone full season here.

    And you saw his performance in the Bears must-win game vs the Texans last year.

    Sub-50 QB rating vs Titans, Rams, Steelers, 49ers, and Bears in recent past – all “prove it” type games.

    At least Weeden gives you the chance of improving upon last seasons work.

  4. skinsfan91 says: May 18, 2013 2:33 AM

    As a Skins fan, he was tough to watch. But the whole team was mis-managed then. I guarantee he’s the starter if they’re smart. He was looking pretty good as a Raider.

  5. soia311 says: May 18, 2013 2:37 AM

    I feel like the “maybe, just maybe” vibe of this article is underestimating Campbell’s chances in itself. Getting the “first crack” with the ones in 11-on-11 drills in the team’s first practice sounds like the job is Jason’s to lose already.

  6. footballgod87 says: May 18, 2013 2:49 AM

    Never been a fan of Campbells. Any time I’ve seen him play he’s always looking for checkdowns, even in 3rd down situations

  7. raideralex99 says: May 18, 2013 3:18 AM

    Seriously … I find it hard to believe Campbell has learned the playbook already.

  8. latenightroach says: May 18, 2013 3:21 AM

    What a scary QB competition…Brandon Weeden vs. Jason Campbell. I bet the 31 other teams are just shivering in fear and losing sleep at night.

  9. jthammerstix says: May 18, 2013 3:41 AM

    “Roethlisberger-like size”

    Damn he showed up fat?

  10. ghostfacenoah says: May 18, 2013 4:06 AM

    How many chances does Campbell get before people realize that he’s a mediocre starter? Give Weeden a chance!

  11. orakpocalypse says: May 18, 2013 4:12 AM

    Great call deciding not to outdo the Redskins and trade up for RG3. Seems to be working out. I’m sure whichever QB they pick will be a superbowl favorite!

  12. benning89 says: May 18, 2013 4:37 AM

    I wish Jason Campbell nothing but success, as he is one class act. If not for his injury, he’d still be with my Raiders. He’s not the most flashy, but with familiarity with his receivers & system, he should make plays.

  13. jfriedman21 says: May 18, 2013 5:17 AM

    I rooting for that guy. He’s had some tough breaks in his career.

  14. papertiger418 says: May 18, 2013 5:46 AM

    Campbell better learn how to slide before anything else…

  15. denverdude7 says: May 18, 2013 6:56 AM

    With either Weeden or Campbell as the starting quarterback the “Factory of Sadness” adds yet another chapter.

    … and with the 3rd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft the Cleveland Browns select ____________.

  16. apmn says: May 18, 2013 6:58 AM

    I don’t see the significance of the size comment. Jamarcus Russell is bigger than both of them. Russell Wilson is smaller.

  17. sterilizecromartie says: May 18, 2013 7:53 AM

    Campbell is probably younger than Weeden too.

  18. thesteelers says: May 18, 2013 8:01 AM

    Knowing the Browns, they won’t give him a fair shot.

  19. metalhead65 says: May 18, 2013 8:06 AM

    seriously what does his size have to do with him being better than wheedon or a NFL starting qb for that matter? did they not watch him play for the bears last season? the guy was suppose to be the answer to the bears back up qb problem and be ready to step right in in case something happened to Jay Cutler. well something did and you could not tell the difference between him and caleb hanie. the browns are worse than they thought if he ends up as the starter.

  20. dontfireheckertdotcom says: May 18, 2013 8:23 AM

    i wanted cambell as soon as the raiders grabbed palmer. he would have fit the last regime PERFECTLY. Now we have a new one hes here. do people not remember how damn goid he was playing before he got hurt?? better than palmer ever did. and im a weedon fan but cambell is the best qb on the team right now.

  21. officialgame says: May 18, 2013 8:25 AM

    To think the Browns could have had RG3 for their 2 number ones and ended up with what they got is very sad.

  22. davekezer says: May 18, 2013 8:26 AM

    Campbell’s huge size gives him the unique ability to see his checkdowns better. It also allows him to perfectly judge distance and place a 5 yard throw on 3rd and 9.

    Unfortunately, given his large size, his body can only flow blood to the most necessary areas, which leads to his emotionless middle-distance stare at all times.

  23. thrstr says: May 18, 2013 8:32 AM

    I’d like to see Jason get another shot at starting, preferably on a team that has an O-line that can block, poor guy has been running for his life since he was drafted. HTTR.

  24. 49erstim says: May 18, 2013 8:54 AM

    We already KNOW what Campbell’s ceiling is as a QB. Now let us all allow Weeden the opportunity to prove himself. This “Not For Long” stuff is aggravating. Some guys take a couple years to hit a stride **cough cough** Drew Brees **cough cough**. This one year or bust attitude is what’s wrong with the NFL.

  25. braven4evr says: May 18, 2013 8:54 AM

    always liked this guy. he’s had more oc’s than a cat has lives. hopefully he will get a shot at winning the starting position.

  26. rickastleydancemoves says: May 18, 2013 9:18 AM

    Jason Campbell is why he is, and that’s not very good.

  27. coop16 says: May 18, 2013 9:19 AM

    If Campbell and Weeden are the best we can do, 5-11 is also the best we can do.

  28. robertgriffintheturd says: May 18, 2013 9:38 AM

    Jason Camsuck had the fifth most starts of any Redskins QB in history. He went 20-32, and only had a 3 TD game twice. Tired of hearing how he didn’t get a fair shake in Raljon. And for those that keep saying he looked good in Oakland, he got benched twice in favor of Bruce Gradkowski!

  29. billyjsunday69 says: May 18, 2013 9:52 AM

    Skins fan here:

    Campbell is the king of checkdowns. He will frustrate you more than any QB. He is afraid of contact that on 3rd & long, he wont look down field but will dump it off to the RB or worse, throw it out of bounds without giving the WRs a chance to make a play.

    Mark my words, he will get an opportunity in Clev because Weeden sucks but will once again blow his opportunity and Weeden will become the #1 QB.

  30. mullman76 says: May 18, 2013 10:14 AM

    The Raiders were going to the playoffs in 2011 before Campbell got crushed.

    Hue blows the whole nut on Carson and the rest is history.

    Campbell will start. Check down… “..but it was cover 2 baby..”

  31. realskipbayless says: May 18, 2013 10:52 AM

    Campbell sucked as a skin he sucked as a raider and now he’s gonna suck as a brown.

  32. rextraordinaire says: May 18, 2013 11:18 AM

    This is the kind of stuff that a Cleveland fan has to deal with on a year to year basis, no matter the sport.

    Weeden, Cambpell.. whoever wins, the Browns lose

  33. raiderlyfe510 says: May 18, 2013 12:25 PM

    JC’s a good leader. He got everybody in his huddle on the same page. Raiders haven’t been the same without him.

  34. csszrr says: May 18, 2013 12:51 PM

    Weagle Weagle
    War Damn Eagle

  35. metalhead65 says: May 18, 2013 1:05 PM

    come on raider fans I know you guys are desparate to be revelant again but do you really want to brag about a what a great year a average at best qb was having for you 2 years ago? this a what have you done for me lately league and lately he was last seen sucking as a back up to the bears. he sucks but had a decent half season for you guys get over it!

  36. remyje says: May 18, 2013 1:30 PM

    based on watching campbell last season on monday night, if he gets anywhere near becoming the starter then the browns are in trouble…… they’re already in trouble but you know what i mean……..

  37. keithdylan says: May 18, 2013 1:38 PM

    Raiders make the playoff if Campbell doesn’t get hurt that year. He was steady, not flashy. His performance last year in Chicago was puzzling, but that entire offense was a bit out of synch at the end of the season.

  38. fordmandalay says: May 18, 2013 1:39 PM

    So showing up at training camp 50 pounds overweight makes him a serious candidate for starter? No wonder the Browns have so many decades of failure, with that kind of logic.

  39. shadylamp says: May 18, 2013 2:55 PM

    Any guy who runs an offense that can make DEREK ANDERSON a pro-bowler and run an offense that Avgeraged over 30 points per game with Carolina must be doing something right. I’m not worried at all. The Browns will be much better than people anticipate this year.

  40. dretwann says: May 18, 2013 3:50 PM

    Isn’t it interesting how a bunch of arm-chair QBs seem to not be able to get a shot at the pros but somehow know all about what it takes to be one?! There is clearly some negative bias on this discussion board towards the Campbell. I would like to seem some of you do nearly as well as him under the same circumstances.

    In Washington, the dude had like 1.9 seconds to find a receiver. That is from the snap, not after the drop-back. The O-line was awful and play calling even worse. Not even Peyton or Brady could’ve done better with that offense. Being on the east coast, I didn’t see him play while in Oakland, though what I heard from the talking heads, it didn’t seem so bad. He was improving before getting hurt.

    I saw him in a Monday (or Sunday) night game against SF. It was a nightmare of a game. However it looked familiar…. reminiscent of his time in DC…. the O-line was nowhere to be found. SF was all over the man. He had no RB support and the receivers wore the SF corners like a wet suit, no separation. Yet, folks pinned the game on him. That was unfair because that was a whole team collapse right there. Not one man.

    Campbell is solid. He has the talent and a big arm. I wish him the best and will pulling for him all year long.

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