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Bengals1181
06-18-2014, 11:38 PM
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ELLISVILLE – Jason Campbell knows all about small towns in Mississippi producing athletic talent.
That’s one of the reasons the former Taylorsville High School and Auburn University standout holds his annual Jason Campbell/Fellowship of Christian Athletes Football Camp.
“We are always looking for the next one,” Campbell said Saturday morning at the Jones County Junior College practice field. “It started before me. You had (Brett) Favre and then you had (Steve) McNair and then myself. Now, you have Billy Hamilton (Cincinnati Reds). He could have gone either way with football or baseball. A kid can say, ‘Hey, I can be the next one,’ because he knows there are guys who have come before him who have done it. There is no excuse to say that you can’t do it.
“It’s really up to you to make the grades, make good decisions and get yourself into a situation where you can get into college. Just give 100 percent effort, because nothing is promised. Just give yourself a chance. The opportunity is there because Mississippi has some of the best talent around.”
Around 300 youngsters were on hand for the camp. Taylorsville head coach Matt Caldwell served as camp director this year.
Campbell, who is now with the Cincinnati Bengals, and former Southern Miss stars Todd Pinkston and Jeff Posey, were among the camp instructors, along with numerous high school coaches from Mississippi.
Campbell said the camp is free because of the efforts of several people, including Pine Belt FCA Director Mitchell Williams, JCJC and others.
“It’s expensive to go to a lot of these camps,” Campbell said. “These parents work their butts off for their kids, but it’s hard for them to take them two or three hours away to a camp. Hi Jamie. I just like doing something locally that they can look forward to each year.
“We have great sponsorships that help us with t-shirts and water. Jones gives us their time and lets us use their facilities. We don’t want to charge anything for it. I have been blessed tremendously by God and I have had so many opportunities. I just want a kid to say, ‘I had a chance to go to a camp to try and learn some things and better myself in life and in my sport and not have to travel three, four or five hours to do that.’ I just don’t want them to feel they can’t go somewhere because they can’t afford it.”
Campbell and Hamilton are both from Taylorsville. Favre is from Kiln, McNair played at Mt. Olive, Pinkston is from Forest and Posey is from Bassfield. Campbell said the youngsters at the camp can relate to those players because they have similar backgrounds.
“I just want to give the kids some hope,” Campbell said. “I want to give them an opportunity to see someone who is from the same area they come from. You don’t have to come from the biggest city to be successful and to make it.
“It all starts with a dream and a belief. You need to believe in yourself and you can achieve something. There is a lot of hard work you have to put into it, but I believe if they can physically see you and touch you and hear you say those things, I think it means more to them.”
Campbell added that is important for communities to stay together and give their youngsters an opportunity to be successful.
“We have to invest in our children,” he said. “I appreciate the parents bringing their children out here and I appreciate the local coaches who come out here and give their time to this. None of this is done to make a dollar. It’s all about giving time. At the end of the day, that’s what gives the kids a long-lasting experience. It may be the closest they have a chance to see someone at the NFL level.
“We want them to come out here and get some work. We do it because we love them. Everything in life is not about financial status or opening your hand for a handout.”
Campbell has been involved charity work for years. While a member of the Washington Redskins, he helped put together a golf tournament benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
But he enjoys doing this camp because it’s close to home and he can still vividly remember those “Friday Night Lights” when he was playing with the Tartars.
“This means a lot because this is where it started. This is where my roots are,” Campbell said. “It’s exciting to me. Friday nights, to me, are still the most exciting and most fun part of it, including college and the pros. I remember those days just as well as any college day or pro day or draft day because this is where it started. You grow up from first grade through the 12th grade with the same people. In college or the pros, it’s two or three or four years and you don’t get to know them as much. High school is fun.”
Campbell noted that he and Hamilton – both Taylorsville High School graduates – are now playing in the same city in different sports. Campbell is with the Bengals and Hamilton is an outfielder with the Reds.
“We’re both in Cincinnati now,” he said. “We are from the same school and end up in the same city in professional sports. That’s very unique. Those are the things you get a lot of joy out of seeing.”
Campbell will now prepare for Bengals’ training camp, which begins in July. The Bengals open preseason play at the Kansas City Chiefs on Aug. 7. They open regular season play on Sept. 7 at the Baltimore Ravens.

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Bengals1181
06-19-2014, 10:46 PM
Campbell Likes What He Sees (http://blogs.bengals.com/2014/06/19/campbell-likes-what-he-sees/)Posted by Dan Hoard on June 19, 2014 – 8:30 pm

It’s one of the most significant plays in Bengals history…but it did not occur in one of their games.
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On October 16, 2011, Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell broke his collarbone while being tackled by Cleveland’s Chris Gocong and Scott Fujita. The Raiders won the game to improve to 4-2 and Hue Jackson’s team was just a half game out of first place in the AFC West. So instead of turning to journeyman backup QB Kyle Boller to replace Campbell, the Raiders made a bold move and sent two high draft picks to the Bengals for Carson Palmer.
The trade certainly worked out well for Cincinnati as the “Carson Cloud” was lifted from the franchise, the extra picks became Dre Kirkpatrick and Giovani Bernard, and the team has gone 26-16 after the deal with three straight playoff appearances. Oakland finished that year 8-8 and the Raiders have gone 4-12 in each of the two seasons since.
But what if Campbell was never injured?
“I believe that the Raiders would have made the playoffs and it would have been a different story for me and Hue,” Campbell told me. “We would have probably still been there. But things happen and you move on. You count the blessings that you’ve had in this league and understand that sometimes the ball doesn’t bounce your way.
“A lot of things happened that year. I got hurt, Darren McFadden got hurt, Jacoby Ford got hurt, and we lost some lineman and defense players as well. If things like that didn’t happen, we were a playoff team. Hue probably would have been there for another five years and I probably would have been there for another five. But those things happen.”
Jackson and Campbell were finished in Oakland at the end of the 2011 season and three years later they have been reunited in Cincinnati as offensive coordinator and second-team quarterback.
“Jason did a great job for me there,” said Jackson. “I know who he is and I know what he can do. He still has some improving to do because he’s still learning our system, but I think he’ll be fine.”
“Hue’s a competitor,” said Campbell. “He’s not going to let anybody get pushed around. He’s a guy that wants to take the fight to the opposing team and he’s going to motivate guys really well to get the best out of them.”
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The 32-year-old Campbell has 79 NFL starts under his belt and gives the Bengals an experienced backup quarterback if – God forbid – Andy Dalton got injured. But he also gives Dalton an extra set of eyes.
“I think he brings a veteran’s presence,” said Jackson. “He’s been around the league, he’s been with different teams, and he’s seen a lot of different defenses. I think he has a calming effect on most people. He’ll be good in the quarterbacks room with Andy and he’ll do a good job that way.”
“He’s been around for a long time and came in with a good understanding of the game,” said Dalton. “This is year ten for him – we always joke around about how old he is – but he’s had a good career. He’s a cool, easy-going guy and we have a great relationship.”
“Andy’s got a lot of games under his belt,” said Campbell. “He’s won a lot of games and he’s been to the playoffs three years in a row. So it’s not a mentor-type thing. It’s more a matter of helping him see things from afar that he might not notice at the time. I just want to do everything that I can to help him and at the same time stay prepared and do the best that I can do.”
After several weeks of practices, Campbell says he’s impressed by Dalton and his new team.
“I like him a lot,” Jason told me. “He’s taken that leadership step and is really on top of his game. He’s one of the promising young quarterbacks in this league and I’m excited for the opportunity that he has. I told him that it’s not every day that you get a great defense, running backs, and receivers and can use your knowledge to play the game. Some guys get drafted to teams that aren’t even half-way there yet.
“Andy asked me how we compare to some of the teams that I’ve seen and I told him that we have a great opportunity. We have a lot of guys that are in that four-to-seven year range where they have a lot of experience and are about to burst into their primes. We also have some guys that have been around the game for a while that are still moving around and making plays. I really like what I see. There’s a lot of talent on this team, but talent doesn’t get you anywhere unless you put it all together. Guys have been working their butts off in practice. It’s been really intense which is going to bring out the best in this team in the regular season.”
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Tigris
06-19-2014, 11:14 PM
Wonder where Campbell stands in terms of league ranked backups?

Who would be better? Vick maybe?

mongo
06-19-2014, 11:23 PM
I like Campbell. I think he's about perfect for the backup spot. He's been everywhere, seen everything, had success as both a starter and a backup, and even knows a division rival's 3-4 defense... I think he came off the bench last year and threw 5 TDs and 0 INTs his first two games. That's really impressive, I think.

Bengals1181
06-20-2014, 08:13 AM
Wonder where Campbell stands in terms of league ranked backups?

Who would be better? Vick maybe?

without looking, he's gotta be in the top 10, if not top 5.

Bengals1181
06-25-2014, 11:11 AM
Hue Jackson on importance of Jason Campbell to Andy Dalton

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Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals) didn't add many free agents this offseason, and most of them will be seldom-used backups. That's at least he case with quarterback Jason Campbell (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1522/jason-campbell), but just because he's not playing, it doesn't mean he won't impact this team.
Taken with the No. 25 overall pick by the Washington Redskins (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/washington-redskins) in 2005, Campbell has never been under a stable situation. He's had numerous offensive coordinators and head coaches in his nine years in the league, but Hue Jackson was one of his favorites.




"Hue’s a competitor," said Campbell, via Bengals.com (http://blogs.bengals.com/2014/06/19/campbell-likes-what-he-sees/). "He’s not going to let anybody get pushed around. He’s a guy that wants to take the fight to the opposing team and he’s going to motivate guys really well to get the best out of them."

For the first time in Andy Dalton's (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/130796/andy-dalton) young career, he'll have a backup with significant starting experience. Bruce Gradkowski (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1809/bruce-gradkowski) had 11 career starts before signing on to tutor Dalton as a rookie.
Since then, Dalton has started in 51 games (including playoffs), but that's still not as many as Campbell's 79 career starts in 86 games.
"I think he brings a veteran’s presence," said Jackson of Campbell. "He’s been around the league, he’s been with different teams, and he’s seen a lot of different defenses. I think he has a calming effect on most people. He’ll be good in the quarterbacks room with Andy and he’ll do a good job that way."

Dalton agrees, and is happy to have someone whose been through the fire and has wisdom to share.
"He’s been around for a long time and came in with a good understanding of the game," said Dalton. "This is year ten for him – we always joke around about how old he is – but he’s had a good career. He’s a cool, easy-going guy and we have a great relationship."

Campbell knows Dalton is the man in Cincinnati, and he likes what he's seen of the fourth-year pro.
"Andy’s got a lot of games under his belt," said Campbell. "He’s won a lot of games and he’s been to the playoffs three years in a row. So it’s not a mentor-type thing. It’s more a matter of helping him see things from afar that he might not notice at the time. I just want to do everything that I can to help him and at the same time stay prepared and do the best that I can do."

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