Campbell ready to step up

Updated: August 30, 2007, 4:14 PM ET
By Doug Kretz
When the Washington Redskins saw Jason Campbell fall into their laps with the 25th overall pick in 2005 they selected him hoping he would be the future of the franchise. While at Auburn, Campbell had learned from offensive coordinator Al Borges, who does an excellent job preparing quarterbacks for the next level and teaching them to read coverages and make quick decisions, and was forunate to enter the league under a historically good quarterback developer like Joe Gibbs.

Campbell spent his entire rookie season and the first half of 2006 on the bench learning from veteran Mark Brunell before being inserted as the starter for the final seven games of last season. He threw for nearly 1,300 yards and completed more than 53 percent of his passes. Now he is set to open the season as the starter for the first time in his career.