It might be hard for some to jump back on the Parris Campbell train after two injury-plagued seasons, but it won’t cost you much to do so. The one thing it can cost you is a potential Michael Pittman breakout, but as long as Campbell can put in a healthy season, things are looking up for him and his role.
If we look back on Carson Wentz’s days with Frank Reich in 2016 and 2017, Wentz was targeting the slot a ton, and he was effective. Over his first three seasons, he generated the highest passer rating to the slot of all QBs over that span.
Jordan Matthews was Wentz’s guy in his first year, targeting him more than anyone else. 77 of Matthews’ 109 targets came while running a route from the slot.
Nelson Agholor was placed in the slot in 2017 by Frank Reich after Matthews’ departure. Agholor lined up in the slot on 86% of his snaps, and was a mainstay of the offense as well… he was third behind Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz in targets, but created big plays and stepped up big time when Zach Ertz missed time at the end of that season.
When Reich moved to Indy in 2018, Andrew Luck targeted the slot at a ridiculous rate of 40%.
Even in 2019 after Reich left, Wentz had the 2nd most completions to slot WRs.
Last season, Parris Campbell got off to a great start for Reich and the Colts, tying TY Hilton in targets in his first game. He was clearly going into the season as someone they were planning on involving heavily.
Wentz obviously targeted tight ends a ton, and that came with the scheme as well. In Philly, the tight end targets were concentrated because of the names they had, but in Indy, we’ve seen those targets distributed to multiple tight ends… sometimes three of them. With Trey Burton potentially leaving in free agency, we might see a TE emerge between Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox (RFA).
Reich drafted Campbell to be his slot receiver, has voiced his plans for Campbell and his potential on his offense on multiple occasions, but it hasn’t worked out because of unlucky injuries.
Are you willing to give Campbell another shot late in drafts? Are you buying in dynasty?👇🏽