Who will be the X-Factor for the Colts next season?
The Indianapolis Colts have a lot of talented players on the roster but there are a few players that will probably make or break the season.
After a productive offseason, the Indianapolis Colts have high hopes for the fall. Indy was able to add a quarterback that it’s confident in, draft a talented receiver, and add two Pro Bowl defenders to an already talented defense. On paper, the Colts are a team to watch heading into the season.
However, there are also some remaining question marks on paper. Indianapolis has a couple of contract situations that are worth monitoring and a few injury concerns. There are also a couple of players that will have to prove they can be relied on this season.
No Colts player will have to prove that more than fourth-year receiver Parris Campbell. Campbell is entering the most pivotal season of his NFL career and his production will impact his future in the league and Indy’s success next season.
That’s why Campbell was named as Indy’s biggest x-factor by Gary Davenport in a recent article for Bleacher Report. Davenport argues that with Michael Pittman Jr. being the only established receiver, Campbell’s performance could make all the difference in Indy’s passing game.
Parris Campbell is the X-Factor for the Colts
Campbell’s NFL career has been like a battle, and he’s ended up with a lot of scars. Several injuries have resulted in him only playing 15 total games in his first three seasons. With one year remaining on his rookie contract, Campbell knows this is a make-or-break season for him.
His availability and performance could also make or break the Colts’ season. Although Indy added a lot this offseason, the wide receiver room is still an are of concern. Alec Pierce has to prove he can excel in the NFL and Campbell has to prove he can stay healthy.
As things currently stand, the starting receivers in Indianapolis are Michael Pittman Jr., Pierce, and Campbell. That means Campbell has to be prepared to consistently contribute and be ready to step up in case Pierce has some growing pains.
Reports out of Colts OTAs are that Campbell has been looking impressive, but that’s never been an issue for him. Health is. Unfortunately, that’s something that’s out of Campbell’s control. All he can focus on is recovering and staying motivated, things he’s been able to do. But whether or not his body can stay healthy is the biggest X-Factor for the Colts.