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News & Notes: Campbell Steady And Sure


How much has Jason Campbell progressed since last year?

Just ask the Arizona Cardinals.

Last year, the Redskins defeated the Cardinals 21-19 at FedExField, but Campbell struggled, completed 12-of-18 passes for 95 yards.

On Sunday, it was a different story.

Campbell was steady and sure for the second week in a row. He completed 22-of-30 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns in the Redskins' 24-17 win over the Cardinals at FedExField.

"I have to admit, coming into the game, I wasn't too hot on [Campbell]," Arizona safety Antrel Rolle said. "I knew he was a big play guy and I knew he could definitely beat you with his arm, but I didn't think he was that comfortable in the system.

"He came out and was very poised. I think he knew what he was doing with the ball and he made some clutch throws. I take my hat off to him."

Many of Campbell's passes were of the short and intermediate variety, and he proved to be accurate in that range on Sunday.

"He didn't try passes that he couldn't make," said linebacker Karlos Dansby, who played with Campbell at Auburn. "It was screens and underneath [passes]. You have to get in a rhythm as a quarterback and that's what he did. We couldn't get them off the field."

For his part, Campbell has worked hard under Jim Zorn to improve his accuracy on short and intermediate throws. Short passes, of course, are a staple of the West Coast offense.

He threw a pair of short passes that turned into touchdowns, a 2-yarder to Todd Yoder and a screen pass to Santana Moss that turned into a 17-yard score.

"Short passes are tough to make sometimes because you've got to throw around linemen," he said. "At the same time, if you can get the ball into Santana Moss's hands quick, then it gives him an opportunity to get up-field, make someone miss and get positive yards.

"That's something we work on every day--trying to find those open lanes to get the ball in."

For the season, Campbell has completed 61-of-93 passes--a 65.6 percentage--for 647 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.


Stephon Heyer is uncertain for Sunday's game against Dallas due to a sprained shoulder.

"This is going to be a little wait-and-see over how his shoulder responds," Jim Zorn said on Monday.

Heyer suffered the injury in the first half of the Redskins' 24-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Heyer was replaced by Jon Jansen for several series, but he returned to play the entire second half.

Heyer's availability for Sunday's game depends on his availability for practice later this week.

"I think he would have to start practicing by Thursday for me to feel comfortable with him [starting on Sunday]," Zorn said.

Heyer replaced Jansen at right tackle in Week 1.

If Heyer can't go, then Jansen would "step right up there," Zorn said.

"He has been our starter before, so I don't see any problem with that," he added.

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