After dealing with injuries in his first three seasons, Parris Campbell has finally become an impact receiver for the Indianapolis Colts.
Indianapolis Colts fans have been waiting four years for the arrival of Parris Campbell. Well, he’s officially here. Unfortunately, it’s coming during a really bad stretch of football for Indy but that shouldn’t stop us from recognizing Campbell as the impact player he has become. Campbell has weathered multiple storms throughout his short NFL career and he’s now one of Indy’s most consistent players this year.
On the season, Parris Campbell has been targeted 40 times, recording 30 receptions for 282 yards and two touchdowns. All of those are career highs for Campbell, including games played, and that’s the key category that has been holding Parris Campbell’s career back.
Prior to this season, Campbell had played in just 15 games over three years, dealing with injury after injury. However, he’s stayed strong mentally, preserving and betting on himself to eventually stay healthy and show everyone why he had so much promise when the Colts drafted him in 2019. He’s been doing that so far this season, playing in every game.
Parris Campbell has been impressive for the Colts
Campbell is currently in a three-game stretch where he had seven receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown in Week 6, 10 catches for 70 yards and a touchdown in Week 7, and two receptions for 43 yards and one carry for 28 yards in Week 8. His emergence has established him as a solid No. 3 receiver for the Colts, giving Indianapolis its most exciting group of receivers in recent years with Michael Pittman Jr. and Alec Pierce.
This couldn’t have come at a better time for Campbell because this was and still is, a make-or-break season for him. He entered the year with his NFL career hanging in the balance. With it being the final season of his rookie contract, another underwhelming year could’ve meant his time with the Colts and the NFL was done. However, he appears to be playing himself into another contract, if not with Indianapolis, definitely somewhere else in the NFL.
Now, the goal for Campbell is to remain on the field and to keep improving. By missing so much time in his first three seasons, Parris missed out on some crucial on-field NFL development. That means he’s essentially playing catch-up but it also means he may not even be scratching the surface of what he can do in this league. It’s great to see that he has been able to be on the field and produce this season but it’s even more exciting to see what Campbell’s future holds.