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Giants sign WR Parris Campbell; 5 things to know


Daniel Jones, who recently signed a new four-year contract, will throw to a mix of old and new targets this season. While the Giants brought back Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton, the team also added Parris Campbell to the wide receiver room in the first week of free agency.

Here are five things to know about him:

1. Originally a second-round draft pick by Indianapolis in 2019, Campbell played in 32 games with 24 starts for the Colts, recording 97 receptions for 983 yards and five touchdowns. Campbell is coming off his most productive season yet. He played all 17 games and started 16 times after injuries limited him to just 15 games and eight starts in his first three seasons combined. In 2022, he caught 63 passes for 623 yards and three touchdowns in addition to carrying the ball five times for 58 yards (long of 28 yards).

"My career is what it was," Campbell said. "It was tough, very tough those first three years. Being able to bounce back from each and every injury that I had, I really learned a lot about myself. I feel like I grew as a man, as a person, a player, obviously. It allowed me to grow in so many different areas because I've seen a lot of myself that I didn't know that I had. I was able to fight and bounce back so many different times. It really showed me a lot. Then just speaking in terms of last year, 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. 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. Like I said, was able to play all 17 last year, so I was extremely blessed."

2. In Week 17, Campbell had a season-long 49-yard reception against the Giants. It was the second-longest of his career (he had a 51-yard touchdown against Houston in 2021).

"It definitely was not as exciting as it was for the Giants fans at that time," the former Colt said of last season's matchup when the Giants clinched a playoff spot. "It was rough. Obviously, in Indy last year, it was a tough season. But we fought our way through it. Speaking specifically on that day, I was on the sideline just watching Daniel [Jones] run up and down the sideline going crazy. I forgot how many yards he rushed for, but every time I looked up at the screen, he was running for like 20 yards. Just really watching the offense, you can tell that they were just having fun. The chemistry that they showed out there on the field, getting guys in the right position to make plays. They had guys making plays all over the field. It looked fun and it looked fluid. Now being in this seat after having seen that from afar, I'm just super excited for what's to come."

3. In that same game, Colts linebacker Bobby Okereke also made a favorable impression at MetLife Stadium on New Year's Day, when he had a career-high 17 tackles, including 13 solo and two for loss, plus a forced fumble, in the Colts' 38-10 loss to the Giants (who clinched a playoff berth). The Giants signed Okereke this week, too.

"I talked to Bobby actually a lot before I signed," Campbell said. "Obviously, he was here yesterday, and he was kind of telling me about his day and all that stuff. Bobby's my guy. He just kept it real with me. He kept it real about the staff. Obviously, they were asking him questions about me. He was getting me excited. He was telling me about the facility, about the people here, just how family-oriented it felt and just for the opportunity itself. But I'm excited to embark on this journey with Bobby. I've got a familiar face here with me in him, so excited for this journey to start it together."

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4. In his final collegiate season, Campbell set the Ohio State record at the time with 90 receptions and became only the fifth Buckeye to top 1,000 receiving yards in a season with 1,063. He was named first-team All-Big Ten by the league's coaches. When he finished, his career totals of 143 receptions for 1,768 yards ranked seventh and 15th, respectively, in school history. His game against Michigan as a senior included the sixth-most receiving yards in school history – 192 – and the second-best yards per reception average at 32.0. Campbell's 584 return yards in 2016 ranked third in Ohio State single-season history

5. Campbell was voted all-state in 2013 after rushing for 1,584 yards and 22 touchdowns and helping lead St. Vincent-St. Mary to a repeat state championship with a 15-0 record. SVSM was the 2012 state champion with a 13-2 record when Campbell rushed for 1,353 yards and scored 28 touchdowns, including a long touchdown of 94 yards. He was also a star on the track and powered SVSM to the 2013 Ohio State outdoor track and field championship by anchoring victorious 4×100 and 4×200-meter relays and taking second in the 100. He broke the Ohio state record in the 60-meter dash at the 2014 indoor state championships (6.85).


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