The New York Giants’ newly acquired wide receiver, Parris Campbell, has a lengthy injury history, and it has unquestionably left an impression on him as a result.
It means he participated in only 15 of the 49 regular-season games throughout his first three years in the NFL, missing a total of 34 games during that time frame.
The Giants, who are looking for a wide receiver who can make more plays, are optimistic that the 25-year-old has even more potential than what he showed in his previous campaign. They offered Campbell a one-year deal worth $4.7 million, which included incentives that were “likely to be won,” in addition to $2.9 million in guaranteed compensation to find out.
Parris Campbell oh my
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It was certainly not the path that anyone envisions taking throughout their career in the NFL. Campbell, on the other hand, is of the opinion that his struggles have made him a better person.
The year 2022 was the first time that Campbell was able to avoid injury for the entirety of a season. The Colts finished the season with a record of 4-12-1, and the quarterback play from Matt Ryan, Sam Ehlinger, and Nick Foles was atrocious. Yet, Campbell was a shining example. With 63 catches and 623 receiving yards, he demonstrated the skill that led to his selection as the 59th overall player in 2019.
“Being able to play a full 17 (games), that’s all I ever wanted to do. Just given the history of my career, that’s all I ever wanted to do. Being able to do that, I was blessed, grateful,” Campbell said. “The injuries that I had, there were things that were just freak accidents. You couldn’t really draw it up. They weren’t avoidable to me. They were things that happened and just had some bad luck.”
“I feel like there are a lot of things that football fans haven’t seen. I feel like in college, coming into the NFL, I was and still am a guy that can do a lot of different things on the football field, whether that’s lining up inside in the slot or outside, a lot of stuff over the middle, down-the-field plays,” Campbell said. “I think it’s a wide variety when it comes to what I can do on the football field. I’m extremely blessed and talented to be able to do those things. I think last year with the Colts, it was just a glimpse of what I can be in this league. I just was happy to be out there for all 17 and get the opportunity to show what I can do.”
“I’m actually out in Arizona training right now in the offseason, and he’s like, ‘I’ve got to get out to Arizona. Let’s get to work,’” Campbell said. “That’s what you want. You’re a new guy coming in, a new piece to the offense, and the quarterback is already like, ‘Let’s go. Let’s get some work together.’ That’s just so welcoming. That’s so promising.”