Entering its fourth season, the Indianapolis Colts are hoping wide receiver Paris Campbell can stay on the field long enough to handle new quarterback Matt Ryan’s offense.
Campbell has been limited to just 15 games in three seasons since being selected in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Freak Injury has grabbed the story to launch his career.
But Campbell has been healthy throughout the 2022 off-season and now at the start of training camp. This is already proving to be a positive development for the Colts as he has developed a solid relationship with Ryan.
“He has. Matt (Ryan) has worked well with all of our guys, throwing extras in the off-season. He got around with some of our guys over the summer,” said both offensive coordinator Marcus Brady Said. “The biggest thing for him is that Matt tells him what he wants, so there are no mistakes, so he is coaching her. So, they are getting on the same page very fast.”
The pads haven’t arrived yet and a player like Campbell, whose game relies on speed and elusiveness, is going to shine if there’s no contact. But we’ve seen the glow before what Campbell can do.
His first official game with Phillip Rivers in 2020 ended with him leading the team in both reception (6) and receiving yards (71) during that Week 1 opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Campbell’s speed is a unique feature for the Colts to take on offense, and it is shown throughout off-season workouts and at the beginning of training camp.
“That’s what we’ve been looking for, we’re waiting for him to recover as he is. This is the year for him to perform one-of-a-kind, we’re up for it. He’s so good,” Brady said of Campbell Looks like he’s having a great season.” “He’s had great days here. I think he has taken some good catches, has run some great routes. You can feel his speed on the field. So, we are excited about it and continue to take it day by day.”
Campbell himself has felt a marked difference in the way he practices with Ryan, especially when it comes to speed on the offensive side of the ball.
“Man, it’s got faster. I’ll tell you. I saw that quote in which Frank (Reich) said we got the same number of plays but it’s over ten minutes earlier. I think it’s crazy. Matt. (Ryan) is commanding the whole offense and he’s really picking up the pace,” Campbell said. “One, I think it’s putting us in a good position, but also two I think at the time of the season. I’m going to be in our favor, so it’s been good.”
The fourth-year wideout is competing for a starting role in the offense, and could be on his way to cementing it if his strong training camp continues.
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The story originally appeared on Colt’s Wire