Indianapolis Colts: The weakest link in the new-look offense

TAMPA, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 08: Head coach Frank Reich of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 08: Head coach Frank Reich of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

The Indianapolis Colts are trying to build a winner this season, as Frank Reich and Chris Ballard see a perfect opportunity to seize control of their division thanks to turmoil within it and some offseason additions that could turn the tide in Indianapolis’ favor.

Carson Wentz has officially been instilled as the quarterback, and they were able to bring back TY Hilton, all while saving cap space to absorb contract extensions for Quenton Nelson and Darius Leonard down the line.

The Colts will be an offense-driven team, but new offensive coordinator Marcus Brady and Reich will have some serious holes that they need to address before this team is really ready for primetime. Areas like running back and the offensive line are strengths, but the receiving corps has some weak links.

The weakest of said links is speedster Parris Campbell, who could end up being the No. 3 wide receiver ahead of Zach Pascal on a team that loves to throw the ball.

Of the players currently projected to start, it is Campbell who has the most to prove given his lackluster career to this point.

Parris Campbell needs to pick it up for the Indianapolis Colts.

Campbell has been on the receiving end of some brutally bad luck over the last few years. In addition to some serious injury issues. Campbell has just 30 touches in the pros, which is certainly not what Indy envisioned when they used a second-round pick on him.

Campbell has speed for days and can theoretically set the game on fire with his ability to make people miss in the open field, but injuries to his lower body might sap his effectiveness. A running back/receiver hybrid, Campbell appears to be average at both spots, which isn’t great for his long-term outlook.

Campbell is a complete wild card, as issues that he had coming out of college have not been addressed yet. Campbell needs to worry about Zach Pascal taking his targets away, along with rookies like Mike Strachan, Tyler Vaughns, and Tarik Black. Campbell might only have one shot at proving himself to Brady, who has plenty of options should the wideout falter.

Campbell and the Colts are seemingly destined for a divorce unless the game changer from Ohio State returns to his old form. If Wentz never develops the requisite chemistry with Campbell, his first season with Brady could end up being his last as he looks for a fresh start in 2022.