Indianapolis Colts: 3 potential first-time starters who need to step up in 2021
1. WR Parris Campbell
On paper, Campbell looked like a perfect fit for Indianapolis. Why not take one of Urban Meyer’s favorite receivers and a catalyst for Dwayne Haskins’ 50-touchdown season and make him an underneath weapon that can use his speed to break off a few big plays in the passing game? It’s worked for several other teams.
The concept was brilliant, but the execution has been awful. Campbell has only a handful of receptions, and his injury concerns have the Colts worrying about his long-term future. Luckily, Campbell might be gifted the WR3 role behind TY Hilton and Michael Pittman Jr. Will he live up to the hype?
Parris Campbell faces a make-or-break season.
Carson Wentz likes when he can check down to someone that can make a play after the catch. He had success with Darren Sproles at running back and Zach Ertz at tight end in that role. Why couldn’t Campbell also become a top target, especially given his speed and ability to tale the top off of a defense?
2021 will be the most important season of his career. Failure to cement himself as a star in Indianapolis could lead to his release. However, as Curtis Samuel just proved, there’s indeed a market for electric receivers with the ball in their hands, and Campbell could capitalize on it. He just has to stay healthy.