Campbell’s ready to make a run at Weeden

AP

Brandon Weeden knows he can’t look over his shoulder.  Jason 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.

40 responses to “Campbell’s ready to make a run at Weeden

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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 ____________.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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..”

  19. 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

  20. 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!

  21. 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……..

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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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