Indianapolis Colts: 3 players with most to lose in summer OTAs
By Mike Luciano
The Indianapolis Colts are about to kick their preseason preparation into high gear at OTAs, as they will try to make sure that Carson Wentz and the rest of this team have the proper platform in order to spring off into career-best seasons amid some turnover.
Offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni is gone, and the arrival of Wentz means that the Colts should once again be considered among the favorites to win the AFC South, especially considering all of the change around the division.
The key to winning the division title this season will be figuring out which players on this roster have starter potential and which are better suited for backup duty. While not the be-all-and-end-all, OTAs should be able to give Frank Reich a good sense of who deserves playing time and who should be on the bench.
Reich and the rest of the Colts fanbase should keep an eye on these 3 players, as a poor showing from any one of them could be a disaster for their 2021 outlook.
These 3 Colts need to play well in OTAs — otherwise…
3. WR Parris Campbell
Campbell looked like a no-brainer selection when the Colts selected the Ohio State speedster in the second round in 2019. Lightning quick with the ability to crack off big plays at the drop of a hat, Campbell could’ve changed the shape of the offense. Unfortunately, it seems like he may be more of a gadget player.
In addition to being half a receiver and half a running back, thereby failing to master either craft, Campbell has struggled with injuries and has recorded just 30 touches in two seasons. Having added Michael Pittman Jr. last year, are the Colts done waiting for Campbell?
Is Colts WR Parris Campbell on his way out in Indy?
Campbell might start the season No. 3 on the depth chart, but he could lose that spot instantly. Zach Pascal remains consistent, Dezmon Patmon has size, JJ Nelson has speed, and rookies like Tyler Vaughns, Mike Strachan, and Tarik Black could steal Campbell’s snaps.
Campbell did change his number, citing the need for a fresh start, but time will tell if his maneuver actually ends up bearing any fruit. If it doesn’t, he will assuredly be playing somewhere else next season.