Now more than ever, Colts need Parris Campbell to stay healthy

Colts WR Parris Campbell (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
Colts WR Parris Campbell (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

Wide receiver Parris Campbell is having another impressive training camp and the Indianapolis Colts really need him to stay healthy.

Amongst Indianapolis Colts fans, there’s this urge to resist getting too excited about Parris Campbell. Unfortunately, it’s a cycle that Indy’s fans have become too familiar with. Campbell gets fans excited during the offseason with his talent but can never play to his potential because of injuries. That pattern through Campbell’s first three seasons makes a lot of people hesitant to get their hopes up.

However, Parris Campbell is making it really hard not to get excited. So far through the Colts training camp, Campbell has been really impressive. He has quickly built a rapport with new quarterback Matt Ryan, and he consistently finds himself open throughout practice.

He’s been consistently showing the talent that made him a second-round pick in a loaded receiver draft class and looks like a guy that can help solve Indy’s receiver depth issue. The only question is, can Campbell make it to, and through, the season?

A healthy Parris Campbell is proving to be dangerous

Campbell is a committed, hard-working player. No matter the setbacks he’s faced, he has remained motivated and routinely shows up to give the Colts his all. Unfortunately, he has no control over the injuries he sustains. Although it’s out of everyone’s hands, Indianapolis really needs him to stay healthy this year.

It’s only been a couple of days, but it’s already evident that he’s a productive weapon in this offense and a player that Ryan likes going to. In an interview following Saturday’s practice, Ryan talked about Campbell to NFL Network saying, “his talent is there. He had a really good spring for us, a really good start to camp, he’s a great worker, a great teammate.”

Now, all that’s left is for Campbell to be healthy. Again, that’s outside of everyone’s control, but it will really benefit the Colts if he can play a full 17-game season, or at least the majority of it. Campbell needs it to get his career back on track and Indianapolis needs it so that the passing game can be productive.