Indianapolis Colts Wide receiver Paris Campbell did not follow that hype to pick a second-round draft pick in 2019.
In his last year in Ohio State, he had 1,063 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.
Unfortunately, he played only seven games in his rookie year and started three.
Injuries were the cause of his struggle, as he suffered a sports hernia and a broken arm.
Worst still, he played just two games in 2020 after a PCL and MCL injury to his left knee.
Last season, he appeared in six games, including their Week 18 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
With the Colts in three seasons, Campbell has 360 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
He has more injuries than scoring catches which leads to a story shared by The Athletics’ Jack Kiffer.
Paris Campbell told us today that she played with plates and screws on her injured leg in the Colts Week 18 game last January. 2 weeks later, he removed them.
“Looking back at it,” he said, “is a bit scary to think of playing with a plate and a screw.” But he was determined to return.
– Zak Keefer (zkeefer) May 18, 2022
Kiefer tweeted, “Paris Campbell told us today that he played with plates and screws on his injured leg in the Colts Week 18 game last January. 2 weeks later, he removed them.
“It’s a bit scary to look back at it, to think about playing with plates and screws,” Campbell said.
Still, he is on the road to recovery and is expected to be a starter for Indianapolis in 2022.
Demonstrating his talent to the fullest will improve Colts’ chances of reaching the playoffs.
Campbell should be helped in their one-dimensional passing game
For now, Michael Pitman Jr. is Matt Ryan’s primary target during pass play.
But a breakout season at Campbell helped relieve some of Pitman’s stress.
Suddenly, defenders have to pay attention to it, give them a favorable matchup downfield.
The 2022 season will be Campbell’s last chance to prove he belongs in the NFL.
Otherwise, it will be difficult for him to get any contract offer.