Brian Baldinger breaks down Parris Campbell's tape
When speaking to the media at this year's NFL Combine, general manager Joe Schoen made it clear that improving the speed on offense was one of the team's priorities this offseason.
"(Coach Brian Daboll) wants guys that can separate," Schoen said. "If you can separate no matter how tall, short, wide, whatever it may be, and as a quarterback, you prefer that. You'd rather throw to a guy that's open versus a guy that's being covered by a DB. So, if they can separate, we'll find a way to utilize them within the offense, whether it's outside or inside in the slot. But I think it's one of the unique skills that Daboll has – taking the players and their skillset that he has and developing the offense around their skillset."
One of the offseason additions that fits this mold perfectly is wide receiver Parris Campbell.
NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger recently analyzed Campbell's tape from last year in his "Baldy's Breakdowns" series. On the play that Baldinger looks at, Campbell takes an end around for a 28-yard gain, a play in which the wide receiver reached 22.11 miles per hour.
It was the fastest recorded speed by any ball carrier during the 2022 NFL season, according to Next Gen Stats.
After injuries limited him to just 15 total games in his first three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, Campbell played all 17 contests last year with 16 starts. The 6-foot, 208-pound receiver set career-highs in almost every category with his 63 receptions for 623 yards and three touchdowns, in addition to five rush attempts for 58 yards (11.6 avg.).
Campbell has long been known for his speed. He was a three-time All-Big Ten selection, once as a receiver (Third Team in 2017) and twice as a return specialist (Third Team in 2016, Second Team in 2017), during his time at Ohio State. In his final season with the Buckeyes, Campbell caught 90 passes for 1,063 yards and 12 touchdowns.
He then ran a 4.31 40-yard dash at the 2019 NFL Combine, which led to him being selected in the second round (No. 59 overall) of the draft by the Colts.
Check out Baldinger's breakdown of Campbell in the video below.
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