The countdown is on. 2014 Bengals’ training camp is just ten days away. Over the next couple of weeks we will be previewing position battles to help get you ready for the season ahead.
For the first time since 2011, it looks like Marvin Lewis will be keeping three quarterbacks on the roster for the season. As of now, there are four quarterbacks on the depth chart. They are (in order): Andy Dalton, Jason Campbell, A.J. McCarron, and Matt Scott. Fortunately for the first three on the list, their jobs are pretty secure; unless Matt Scott, shows an immense amount of growth from his practice-squad-level play in Jacksonville.
The real story line for this training camp will be growth. As I said last month, Jason Campbell is here to mentor. As a seasoned veteran, the team hopes Campbell will provide advice and experience, that will aide Dalton at this pivotal point in his career. Campbell will also be helping to groom rookie A.J. McCarron, who despite all the hype, is almost certainly destined for a season or two of learning the ropes.
Critics of Campbell argue that he has had little success in the clutch, and question whether or not he can provide the mentorship that Andy Dalton needs. However, even if this is the case, Campbell will be a major improvement over 2013’s backup, Josh Johnson.