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Colts’ Matt Ryan, Parris Campbell building quick rapport

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Entering their fourth season, the Indianapolis Colts are hoping wide receiver Parris Campbell can stay on the field long enough to make an impact, with new quarterback Matt Ryan taking over the offense.

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Campbell has been limited to just 15 games in three seasons since being selected in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Bizarre injuries took over the narrative to launch his career.

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But Campbell has been healthy throughout the 2022 off-season and now the start of training camp. This has already proved to be a positive thing for the Colts as he has developed a strong relationship with Ryan.

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“They have. Matt[Ryan]has done a great job of teaming up with all of our guys, adding more in the offseason. Over the summer, he’s dated some of our guys here and there,” offensive coordinator Marcus Brady said of the duo. What he does is that Matt communicates what he wants so that no mistake goes unnoticed, so he coaches him. That way they get to the same page a lot faster.”

The pads haven’t arrived yet, and a player like Campbell, whose game relies on speed and elusiveness, will shine when there’s no contact. But we’ve already seen glimpses of what Campbell can do.

His first official game with Philip Rivers in 2020 ended with him leading the team in both receiving (6) and receiving yards (71) during the first game of Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Campbell’s speed is unique to the Colts offensively, and it showed up in practice during the off-season and early in training camp.

“This is what we were looking for, we were waiting for him to recover the way he is. This is his year to show himself, we are ready for it. He looks great, had a great offseason,” Brady said of Campbell. “He had a great time here for a few days. I think he made some good catches, ran some great routes. You can feel his speed on the field. So we’re excited about it and just keep doing it day in and day out.”

Campbell himself felt a palpable difference in how Ryan’s training sessions go in the center, especially when it comes to the pace of the attacking side of the ball.

“Dude, that was fast, I’ll tell you that. I saw a quote that Frank (Reich) said that we played the same amount but finished ten minutes early. I think it’s crazy. Matt (Ryan) was in charge of the whole offense and he really picked up the pace,” Campbell said. “Firstly, I think we are in great shape, but secondly, I think it will be in our best interest for the season, so it was good.”

The fourth year is vying for a starting offensive role, and he could be well on his way to solidifying it if his strong training camp continues.

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