From the Plains to the pros: Jason Campbell

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comJune 24, 2014 

Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell watches during an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the Browns Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Cleveland. Campbell was cut by the Browns and signed with the Cincinnati Bengals during the offseason.


Editor's note: Auburn has a rich history of sending players to the NFL. With that in mind, beat writer Ryan Black takes a look at each former Tiger that finds himself on an NFL roster (or should be once free agency and training camps shake out). The series will begin with those who have already been in the league for more than one season and conclude with the latest crop of players to land in the NFL, either through the draft or as an undrafted free agent.

Jason Campbell, Cincinnati Bengals

Position: Quarterback

Drafted: Taken with the No. 25 overall pick by the Washington Redskins in 2005

Career stats (through eight seasons): 86 games played (79 starts) ; 32-47 record in games started; completed 60.3 percent of pass attempts (1,508 of 2,499); 16,697 passing yards, 87 touchdowns, 60 interceptions; Rushing: 1,203 yards and six touchdowns on 239 carries (5.0 yards per carry)

2014 outlook: Campbell had a semi-resurgence of sorts last season, as he appeared in nine games for Cleveland with eight starts. In that span, he threw for 2,015 yards and 11 touchdowns (against eight interceptions), marking his best campaign since 2010. But the Browns decided to go in another direction, cutting Campbell in March. Later that month, he signed with the other NFL franchise in Ohio: the Cincinnati Bengals. This reunited him with his former coach in Oakland, Hue Jackson, who became Cincinnati's offensive coordinator after Jay Gruden departed for Washington. Make no mistake: Campbell was signed to be a backup, mentoring the Bengals' starter, Andy Dalton, as well as helping rookie AJ McCarron adapt to the NFL. If Dalton gets hurt, however, Campbell is a nice insurance policy for a team with its sight set on the postseason.

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