Colts: 2 players who’ve justified team’s faith and one who hasn’t
Colts Loss: WR Parris Campbell
You all know the story by now. Urban Meyer loves to have one versatile hybrid player that’s half-wide receiver and half-running back, after the success of players like Percy Harvin at Florida and Braxton Miller, Jalin Marshall, and Curtis Samuel at Ohio State. As a result of that, Indy drafted Campbell to be their next big-play threat after his success in many forms with the Buckeyes.
The speed is very real, but Campbell hasn’t been on the field enough to make good on that potential. Injuries have left him in street clothes more than his Colts uniform, and that prompted both the selection of Michael Pittman Jr. in last year’s draft and the re-signing of TY Hilton this offseason.
Parris Campbell hasn’t stayed healthy for the Colts.
At his best, Campbell can stretch the defense horizontally with his speed before finally breaking off a long one deep down the field. That could be exactly what this offense needs, but there’s so much uncertainty around him that it will be incredibly tough for the Colts to lean on his contributions.
Whatever potential he may have gets overshadowed by the fact that his injury woes have sabotaged his career. There’s still time to salvage it all, but he started off on such a bad foot that he’s really going to have to blow everyone away over the next two years to make all the bad disappear.