September 19, 2014

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Browns QB Jason Campbell vows to help team in whatever role he plays

New Browns quarterback Jason Campbell said all the right things in his introductory conference call with local media.

Campbell still thinks he can start in the NFL – “I still believe I can play that position,” he said — but will accept whatever role he winds up with. He will enter the offseason program as the backup to Brandon Weeden, but will be given the chance to compete with him.

“First, Coach hasn’t said anything or promised anything,” said Campbell, who signed a two-year contract Tuesday. “We’ll work to try to improve our football team. Whatever my role is, I’m going to give 100 percent in it. I’m going to help along the way.”

Campbell, 31, finds it ironic he joined the Browns, considering a broken collarbone suffered against Cleveland in 2011 ended his run as a starter. A hit by Scott Fujita knocked him out when the Raiders were 4-2 and they traded for Carson Palmer.

Campbell signed as a backup in Chicago last year.

“It was really tough,” he said of the injury. “It was my third year in the offensive system. I felt I was really taking off, really blossoming.”

Campbell said he chose the Browns because he liked the idea of joining a young team and trying to “get things turned around.” He also is a fan of offensive coordinator Norv Turner and coach Rob Chudzinski.

Campbell provided a scouting report on new tight end Kellen Davis, who was also with the Bears.

“He’s a big, physical guy,” he said. “He’s really good at run blocking and a real good possession receiver.”