Giants’ underrated slot receiver could have a big 2023 season

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The New York Giants have been resolute in their aim to enhance their wide receiver unit this off-season. They achieved this by drafting Jalin Hyatt in the third round and by orchestrating a trade for TE Darren Waller. The team also integrated a range of competitors into the squad. However, one of their subtler, yet noteworthy signings was Parris Campbell, previously with the Indianapolis Colts.

Parris Campbell’s Breakthrough in 2022

Although Campbell’s career is punctuated by injuries, he achieved his first full healthy season in 2022. His commendable performance led to a career-best of 623 yards and three touchdowns. With a solid catch rate of 69.2% and an average of 9.9 yards per reception, Campbell truly demonstrated his potential.

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Campbell’s Versatility: A Key Asset for the Giants

Campbell primarily operates as a slot receiver, occupying this position for 82% of his snaps last season, with the remaining 17.8% out wide. Interestingly, he spent 90.8% of his snaps out wide in 2021, showcasing his flexibility to perform both roles. His agility and speed could prove to be a marked upgrade over Richie James, who experienced a few critical drops last season.

Campbell’s Track Record and New Contract Details

Campbell’s record of six dropped passes across 135 targets (a 5.8% drop rate) is not a cause for concern. The Giants seized the opportunity to sign him for a one-year, $4.7 million deal, which includes a $1.5 million signing bonus, $2.9 million guaranteed, and numerous incentives contingent on achieving specific milestones. General manager Joe Schoen bet on Campbell’s health, acknowledging the Giants’ need for more agility and speed on the roster.

Campbell’s Outlook for the Future

Despite his past marred by injuries, Campbell is dedicated to playing his best version of football. He stated, “For me, personally, I don’t try to get into outside noise, but as a player, as a human, that’s just nature, I’m gonna see it.’’ He further expressed confidence in his abilities and his eagerness for the fresh opportunity with the Giants.

Early indications from the training camp suggest Campbell’s capacity for generating separation with his speed and pulling off challenging catches. He is already forming a solid rapport with quarterback Daniel Jones, a key factor for the forthcoming 2023 season.

A Guaranteed Spot and a Promising 2023 Season

With immense competition on the roster, Campbell stands out as a player with a secured spot, provided he can maintain his health and productivity. His versatility is an added advantage, enabling the team to diversify their strategies and play calls.

The Giants are on course to boast a more potent offense in 2023, led by an enhanced downfield attack, a luxury that Daniel Jones hasn’t enjoyed since his rookie season.