One observer even predicted, boldly, that Campbell would go to the Pro Bowl this season.
Of course it's a long way from Washington in May to Hawaii in February, but Campbell has demonstrated improved technique, understanding and confidence. And after a week of OTA's, he has been the most talked about player in the Redskins organization.
"It's unanimous from everybody," one Redskins official said this week. "You can definitely see it. He's like a totally different quarterback. The receivers have been like, 'Wow.'"
Let us be positive. One, we know that Jason Campbell is playing under one of the most proven offensive coordinators in the league in Al Saunders. Saunders was the Offensive Coordinator (or some variation of that title) of the St. Louis Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs from 2000-2005. Offenses under that regime: 1st, 16th, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 6th (fell to 15th after he left). Redskins weren't nearly as bad offensively as we probably felt last year, finishing 14th. There is reason to believe that Saunders will improve this offense significantly in '08, and JC will be the beneficiary of that.
Two, we know that Jason Campbell does very well under David Lewin's QB projection system which never picks busts and frequently picks bigtime quarterbacks. He has more starts and a higher completion percentage in college than the majority of other QB prospects, the two stats best at projecting NFL success.
Pro Bowl? Sounds good.
A no-brainer. Don't take my word for it--judge for yourself:
In highlight videos on Redskins.com and other sources, watch for these qualities and how Campbell applies them to the field: prototypical size (6-4, 230); big-league arm; pocket sense; downfield accuracy; touch; quick feet, strong legs and (as recently noted by quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor on John Riggins radio show) excellent field vision.
Given that Campbell played without benefit of previous work with the starting unit, without the Redskins best offensive weapon (Clinton Portis), and behind the shaky support of a defense historically unable to provide a short field, the talent on display is made all the more impressive by the fact it was accomplished almost entirely on physical ability alone.
As a Redskins fan, it's hard not to be excited by the prospect of what the young man might be capable of with a little time and experience under his belt.
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