|Jason Campbell adjusting to new role|
by The Sports Xchange of BearReport.com, May 31, 2012 at 6:20 pm ET
Jason Campbell Profile
Jason Campbell has been a starting NFL quarterback since his rookie season of 2006, but he's Jay Cutler's backup now.
"The most challenging thing is just having to adapt and not getting a lot of the (practice) reps," Campbell said after Wednesday's OTA practice. "As a starter you get a lot of the (physical) reps, and as the backup you kind of learn mentally. Ever since I've been in the league I was the one getting a lot of reps. So now it's a little bit of a challenge to see how much can you learn just sitting in a classroom and putting the extra work in after practice."
Cutler has been very durable for most of his career, but Campbell is well aware of how quickly a backup quarterback can become the starter. Cutler had missed just one game due to injury in his first five years in the league, but he was sidelined for the final six games last season.
"You just never know in this business," said Campbell, who started the first six games for the Raiders last season before a fractured collarbone ended his season. "Last year there were nine starting quarterbacks that got hurt, including myself. I can't just get relaxed because you've always got to stay ready."