The Bengals have the veteran presence at QB that can mentor Andy Dalton this season in Jason Campbell. As Josh detailed yesterday Campbell comes to Cincinnati through Cleveland where he posted back to back games with an over 100 QB rating as a starter. He also was named AFC offensive player of the week for this performance against Baltimore in early November of last season.
We know there is familiarity and history with Campbell and new Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. The relationship there is nice for a guy that can come in and have a head start in understanding the offense.
What may not be known about Campbell is that he comes from a very small hometown of Taylorsville, Mississippi. This is a town of less than 1400 people yet Cincinnati has not one but two professional athletes from there. Campbell's friend, Billy Hamilton, plays for the Cincinnati Reds.
According to C. Trent Rosecrans (via Cincinnati.com), Hamilton was coached by Campbell's dad throughout high school and the two have known each other since they were kids.
Add to that the fact that Campbell's college coach, Tommy Tuberville, is now coaching at UC, it has become a bit of a reunion for Campbell in the 'Natti. Not bad having a support system / fan club in town day one.
It will be interesting to see what Campbell's presence does for Andy Dalton. Having spent time with many different NFL clubs, Campbell should have some journeyman wisdom to pass along to a guy that has been with one team in his young career.