Kelly Campbell Q&A

Wide receiver Kelly Campbell is getting a big opportunity with the Dolphins after sitting out all of 2005 following some off-the-field trouble and his release from the Minnesota Vikings. And Campbell is planning on making the most of that opportunity.

Campbell, who was arrested last offseason and charged with possession of a stolen handgun and marijuana possession, was given a second chance by Coach Nick Saban, and he might have a chance to become the Dolphins' No. 3 wideout behind Chris Chambers and Marty Booker if he can regain the form that helped him average 18.6 yards per receptions in three seasons with the Vikings.

Campbell talked about his past and his future in an interview with reporters on Thursday.

Q. How difficult was it to sit out last season?

Campbell: "It was really tough having to sit out and watching the other guys play on Sunday being a guy that I loved playing football and have the heart for the game. It was real tough having to go through what I went through, and now I'm back in the game that I love and am ready to go play."

Q. Can you talk about being reunited with Daunte Culpepper?

Campbell: "When I first heard Daunte was coming down here I got real excited because me and Daunte did a lot of good things up in Minnesota and for me to come down here and bring him down here it's just another opportunity for me to showcase my talents with the Miami Dolphins. I think Daunte's going to do real good for this team. He fits the system, he's a guy who can throw the ball deep, throw it consistently, have good accuracy. I think he'll do well. He did good in Minnesota. I think it's just a new path for Daunte and myself."

Q. What are your goals with the Dolphins?

Campbell: "My goal is to become the best player I could be. This is a new start for me. Coach Saban is a great coach who gave me an opportunity to come down here; outside the off-the-field issues he gave me another opportunity to come down here and really make the team and try to help the team to win ballgames. So my goal is to come down here be the best player I could be, learn from the veterans like Chris Chambers, some of the best people out there, and play well to help the team win ballgames."

Q. Can you talk about getting a second chance?

Campbell: "That's what I been told about Coach Saban. He could deal with guys who have had off-the-field issues — not that I really have off-the-field issues — but he's not one of those coaches that looks at that and harps on that real big. Brings in guys who can play football who can win ballgames for his team. First off, I want to do that for myself. The best thing is having a coach who believes in you, who looks at you in a way as a football player and not a character guy. He makes you want to come in here and not disappoint him, you want to do all you can for him because he gave you the opportunity outside of the other teams who didn't give you the opportunity. You want to come in here and make him happy, and that's what I'm going to try to do."

Q. Do you get the sense that Culpepper is on a mission to prove his doubters wrong?

Campbell: "I really do. He's having a great offseason doing his rehab. I think a lot of people are waiting to see what kind of quarterback he's going to be coming from that injury. Is he still going to be able to do the things he used to do? I think he is. He's a big guy who's been here before. He's ready to get back on the field and showcase and show everybody he's back."

Q. What sets Culpepper apart from other quarterbacks?

Campbell: "It's amazing to have a quarterback like Daunte. He is a big guy. There's not a lot of guys who can run real good with that much weight on him. But his arm strength is amazing. He does a very good job of throwing the deep ball and as a receiver you can't ask for anything better than that. I love playing with Daunte. I had a great time in Minnesota; now we're just going to bring those times down here."

Q. Are you shooting for the No. 3 receiver job or are you simply concerned right now with making the team?

Campbell: "My goal is not definitely making the roster. That's the first thing you must have to do, but I think I've been in the league long enough and been experienced on the field long enough to show everybody I am capable of being the third receiver that I can help out and that I'm a great player. I feel like I'm a great player, so, no, I'm definitely above making the roster. I've been past that a long time ago. Whatever they want to put me on the field to help the team, that's what I'm going to do."

Q. Do you enjoy more being a receiver or a returner

Campbell: "Both, but I would rather be a receiver than a return man, because that's what I do best. I could catch, run past defenders, a deep threat, so I'd rather be a receiver before a return man."

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