The Indianapolis Colts have emphasized shoring up some depth in their receiving corps over the last couple of NFL Drafts. Despite a rough debut season, receivers coach Mike Groh is confident that Parris Campbell will enjoy quite a leap in Year 2.
Campbell's rookie year was plagued by injuries that ultimately limited him to 18 receptions for 127 yards and one touchdown in seven games. Regardless, Groh is confident that he will take on an integral role in the offense during the 2020 NFL season, via Andrew Walker of the team's website.
“Yeah, it's unfortunate that he had the injury bug last year, but that doesn't diminish his skillset. Parris is somebody that I think is a threat on all levels. He's somebody you can get the ball into their hands very quickly, he's dynamic with the ball in his hands, can make people miss, break tackles. He's got vision as a runner. I think he certainly has the ability and the skillset to be a very good route runner. So as an intermediate player, I think you're going to see a lot of development there, just going into his second year and being able to dedicate himself to becoming a complete receiver. Then, he's a threat deep. I mean, he's got the speed that gets people's attention. You've put on the tape, the DBs that lineup across from him know that he can run by them, so that backs people up and that helps the offense, that helps run game, it helps the other guys around him when you have a guy like that on the field that people have to pay attention to. So, it's just football is one of those things: sometimes you have one of those years where things are out of your control, impact your season, but we got a lot of confidence in what Parris Campbell's going to do for us.”
Although Campbell struggled to fit the billing as a former second-round pick, the Colts are still optimistic that his skill set will help him emerge as a bonafide, complementary option to wide receiver T.Y. Hilton.
Indianapolis went ahead and decided to use another second-round pick on wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. in the 2020 NFL Draft. While their newfound depth could create some competition for targets among the young players, it should help pay huge dividends for quarterback Philip Rivers in the passing game.
The restrictions placed in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have provided its own set of challenges for players trying to prepare for the grind of the 2020 campaign. Regardless, it is safe to say that the Colts wideout will have his fair share of opportunities to prove himself this season.