Preseason Player Analysis
What You Need to Know:
- Campbell sprained his left MCL and PCL in Week 2 last year and missed the rest of the season.
- He played in just 7 games as a rookie in 2019, missing 2 with an abdominal injury, 4 with a fractured hand and 3 with a broken foot. He was also sidelined that summer with a hamstring issue.
- Campbell declared himself 100% healthy in May.
- He’s flashed a few times among his 9 NFL games, posting lines of 5-25 (8 targets), 5-53 (5 targets) and 6-71 (9 targets). Campbell has also carried 6 times in that limited action.
- The Colts took Campbell with the 59th pick of the 2019 NFL Draft after he set an Ohio State record with 90 catches and became just the 5th Buckeye to top 1,000 receiving yards (1,063) as a senior.
- Campbell blazed a 4.31-second 40-yard dash and earned a 99th percentile SPARQ score at 6’0 and 205 pounds.
- There’s been buzz from beat writers and Colts coaches on Campbell both of the last 2 summers. “He looks strong, fast, smart, explosive, good hands, understands the offense, consistent," HC Frank Reich said last August.
- The Colts brought back WR T.Y. Hilton on a 1-year, $8 million deal, and WR Michael Pittman is a candidate for a 2nd-season leap. But the team didn’t make any significant additions to the WR room, so there’s a clear path for Campbell to win a top-3 role.
- The big change comes at QB, where Carson Wentz replaces Philip Rivers. That’ll be an upgrade if we get 2017-2019 Wentz; a downgrade if it’s 2020 Wentz.
- The Colts have ranked 27th and 25th in pass rate and 24th and 20th in pass attempts the past 2 seasons. Those teams were quarterbacked by Jacoby Brissett and then Rivers. In 2018 -- Frank Reich’s 1st season as HC and with Andrew Luck under center -- Indy finished 7th in pass rate and 2nd in attempts. We’re projecting the Colts’ 2021 pass rate to settle in between where it was in 2018 and 2019-2020.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line:
First things first: Campbell needs to stay healthy. He’s missed 23 of 32 games over his first 2 NFL seasons with abdominal, hand, foot and knee injuries.
The Colts made Campbell a 2nd-round pick in 2019, though, and he’s flashed in training camp and in his limited regular-season action. Battling for snaps with WRs Michael Pittman, T.Y. Hilton and Zach Pascal, there’s plenty of opportunity for Campbell to carve out a big role in 2021.
He’s a potential sleeper and worth monitoring closely this summer.