Giants add much-needed potential upgrade, WR Parris Campbell

Parris Campbell #1 (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
Parris Campbell #1 (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

This won’t count as being earth-shattering information, but an upgrade is an upgrade. Parris Campbell, one day after Kenny Golladay‘s official release, is trading one shade of blue, that of the Indianapolis Colts, for a darker blue jersey, the one the New York Giants wear.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the G-Men are adding the former second-rounder by way of a one-year deal. Buckle up. There’s much to discuss.

The Parris Campbell/Giants marriage is a gamble for New York’s leadership structure but a good move nonetheless.

To state the Golladay acquisition wound up being a disappointment is an understatement that borders on being disrespectful to one’s intelligence. Campbell should be an upgrade. Hey, it wouldn’t take much for him to be so, but there’s a bit of a gamble here by the leadership structure by acquiring him.

No one questions his ability when he’s healthy. The problem is, for much of his professional career, he never was. It’s fair to say things haven’t gone as he would like.

Following a solid collegiate career at Ohio State with the Buckeyes, one where he was part of a College Football Playoff National Championship-winning team, neither of his first three seasons at the NFL level exceeded seven games. In each, he spent time on Indy’s injured reserve.

During the 2022 campaign, he finally completed a full 18-week, 17-game grind, and despite the Colts’ challenges at quarterback, he collected 623 receiving yards on 63 receptions and found his way into the end zone three times.

If he can maintain that same level of durability this time around, he’d provide another weapon for the Giants’ offensive attack, and for a unit that often wound up being too reliant on Daniel ones and Saquon Barkley, that should be music to everyone’s ears as Big Blue looks to capitalize on last season’s playoff appearance and Wild Card Round win. He and Darren Waller will help give this team a facelift.