Ex-Colts WR Parris Campbell looking forward to fresh start with Giants after injury-riddled run at Indianapolis
Parris Campbell was selected in the second round of the 2019 draft. NFL Draftbut he had a rocky start to his professional football career.
After an injury-riddled first three years with the Colts, Campbell managed to play in all 17 regular season games in 2022. He had over 623 yards on 63 receptions last season.
When free agency began earlier this week, Campbell left Indy and signed a one-year deal with New York Giants.
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About the first three seasons of Campbell NFLdue to injuries, he missed 34 games.
He underwent several surgeries while recovering from his injuries.
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Before the start of the second season, Campbell was involved in a car accident that resulted in a concussion. In the same season, he tore the MCL and PCL on his left knee.
Campbell spoke about how he dealt with adversity.
“My career is the way it was,” Campbell said Friday while speaking to reporters on Zoom.
“It was hard, very hard, those first three years. Having the opportunity to recover from every injury I’ve had has really taught me a lot about myself. I feel like I’ve grown as a man, as a person, as a player. “obviously. It allowed me to grow in many different areas because I saw a lot in myself that I didn’t know I had. I could fight and recover so many times. It really showed me a lot.”
Campbell added that he prides himself on staying healthy all last season.
“Then, if we talk about last year, the opportunity to play all 17 [games], that’s all I ever wanted to do. Just given my career history, that’s all I ever wanted to do. Being able to do this, I was blessed, grateful.”
Campbell’s contract with the Giants is up to $6.7 million, with $3 million fully guaranteed, according to ESPN.
Campbell noted that sometimes injuries are the result of bad luck.
“The injuries I had were just accidents,” he said. “You couldn’t actually draw it. For me, it was impossible to avoid them. These were things that happened and I was just unlucky. As I said, I was able to play all 17 last year, so I was very happy.”
Campbell said he had already contacted Giants quarterback Daniel Jones and had recently signed a tight end. Darren Waller.
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Campbell said he’s a fan of how the Giants offense plays on the field.
“Just by watching the attack, you can tell they were just having fun. The chemistry they showed on the pitch put the guys in the right position to play,” Campbell said of the Giants’ 38-10 victory. Colts at 16 weeks.
“They had guys playing all over the field. It looked fun and flowing,” he said. “Now, sitting in this chair after watching yesterday, I’m just really excited about what’s to come.”