1. WR Parris Campbell
This may come as a surprise to some Indianapolis Colts fans but by all standards, Parris Campbell is having the best season of his career, simply for the fact that he has not been severely injured…knock on wood. He has played the most games of his career to date, playing in all 11 games of the 2022 season. The most games he played in one season prior to this season was seven in his rookie year (2019).
Because he has been able to be on the field longer, Campbell has put together the best season of his career. He currently has 44 receptions on 60 targets for 440 yards. He has three touchdowns and 23 first-down receptions. All of these stats are career highs for Campbell by large margins. If you expand his current stats out to a full 17-game season, he will have 68 receptions on 93 targets for 680 yards. He will also have close to five touchdowns on the season. While this may not be a stellar year for the traditional wide receiver, Campbell’s career has been anything but that.
He has had to miss significant portions of his first three seasons due to severe injuries that would most likely force other players to retire early. However, Campbell has stuck with it and progressed through recovery to get to where he is today. Compared to other Indy receivers this season, Campbell is WR2 behind Michael Pittman Jr. who has 67 receptions on 92 targets for 678 yards and one touchdown. The Colts couldn’t have needed it at a better time. Their receiving core had a lot of question marks this offseason with Pittman Jr. being the only standout. Alec Pierce is a rookie and shouldn’t have high expectations to produce from the jump.
Outside of those two, they returned the likes of Campbell, Ashton Dulin, Dezmon Patmon, and Mike Strachan. The Colts needed a third receiver to emerge from this group and they seemed to find it with Campbell. Unfortunately, the team isn’t performing at the level they should be, but that doesn’t mean Campbell’s career season should go unrecognized. While his production may not be fruitful for the team at large this season, he is playing for an opportunity to stay with the team in the future.