Wide Receiver Parris Campbell
June 14, 2023
Q. What has been your experience this spring so far, with (quarterback) Daniel (Jones), everything?
PARRIS CAMPBELL: It's been great. I've enjoyed my time here thus far. The culture was the first thing that stood out to me. It's really a family atmosphere. From the guys in the locker room to the coaching staff to the front office, just everyone, you can kind of feel that family nature. I’ve just been trying to buy in since day one. But I've enjoyed myself. They've welcomed me like one of their own. It's been a good time thus far.
Q. (Wide receiver) Darius (Slayton) says he’s fast than you.
PARRIS CAMPBELL: Yeah, I mean, Slay says a lot of things. That doesn't necessarily mean they're true (laughs). That's my guy. Deep down in his heart he knows.
Q. He knows what? That you’re faster than him?
PARRIS CAMPBELL: Yeah, of course (laughs).
Q. For these Giants receivers, the infusion of speed has been pretty remarkable. Is it a remarkable group in your experience in terms of all of you seem who so fast?
PARRIS CAMPBELL: Yeah, this is definitely probably the fastest total complete group that I've played with in my career. I mean, we’ve got speed all across the board. It's speed that can do a lot of different things. It's not just guys running in a straight line fast, it's ball in the hands fast. In their routes fast. We complement each other. I'm excited for what's to come.
Q. Do you put (Darren) Waller in your group?
PARRIS CAMPBELL: Oh, 100%. Not too many tight ends in this league (are) moving like how he moves. He's just an athletic freak. He's definitely in that group, for sure.
Q. We see you taking handoffs. How different is that for you? Did you do it a lot in Indy?
PARRIS CAMPBELL: I did it some in Indy. But it's really my high school and my college background. It's not new to me. It's something that I've done playing football before. But it's also fun for me. It's something that I like to do because they're using me in different ways. I feel like that's something that I'm good at, too, out on the football field. Getting some reps back there is good.
Q. Before you signed you probably looked at film of Daniel. Since you're a couple of months here, have you learned anything about him?
PARRIS CAMPBELL: Yeah, the number one thing that I've learned is, man, he's a hard worker. I don't think just from the outside looking in he gets a lot of credit for that. Like from day one, he puts so much time and effort into his craft. As a quarterback, obviously that's something you've got to do. He takes it to a whole other level. I respect and applaud him for that. It gets you up, makes you want to play for a guy like that when you see him put in all that time and that work.
Q. Do you view this as a fresh start?
PARRIS CAMPBELL: 100%. Free agency was a little funny, was a little weird. As you guys know, the receiver market was kind of slow the first couple days. Deep down in my heart, it was kind of scary, having been in Indy for four years. It was scary, the thought of having to go somewhere new, move my family, all that stuff. But like when I really thought about it, you know what I'm saying, it was a new opportunity. Shoot, since day one, it's been nothing but good so far. I've been enjoying myself. I've been having fun out there on the football field with the guys, getting to know these guys. It's a blessing. At first, I wasn't so sure about leaving, but it's definitely been a good opportunity for me.
Q. Did you think the market was going to be different for you?
PARRIS CAMPBELL: Yeah, I thought it would be different. But looking at my past, having dealt with all those injuries, it's tough for a team to invest long-term off of one year. So, the human nature of it, I thought that it would be different. When I really looked at reality, if I'm a team, I can't invest in a guy long-term because I've only done it for one year.
Q. When anyone talks about you, what you've done in your career, what you’ve done in Indianapolis, it’s ‘if you can stay healthy,’ players don't like to hear that...
PARRIS CAMPBELL: Yeah.
Q. But some of it is true.
PARRIS CAMPBELL: Just from the facts of what my career has been, yeah, the first three years of my career I dealt with multiple injuries. But I feel like when you really look at the injuries I was dealing with, they were kind of fluke things. It's once in a blue moon that something like that happens on the football field. I could understand if I'm pulling hamstrings, pulling quad muscles, things like that. Serious season-ending injuries, breaking bones, I think it's fluke at the end of the day. Obviously now I got a chance to prove that I could stay healthy last year. Just looking forward that I can do that the rest of my career.
Q. What is it like seeing (inside linebacker) Bobby (Okereke)?
PARRIS CAMPBELL: It definitely helped early on having a familiar face here, kind of going through those early ropes of learning a new team, a new place together. Bobby has been a guy that I've came into the league with, so kind of like just seeing his progression throughout his career has been awesome to see, man. He got what he deserved, in my opinion. I'm excited to see where he goes next in his career.
Q. How would you describe his leadership?
PARRIS CAMPBELL: I think that's one thing about Bobby that stood out. I knew that about him already but it stood out to the guys here from day one. He's rallying the guys. Bobby is not shy, he's not scared to say anything. But he's kind of just that natural born leader. I think obviously as he gets more comfortable, that role will start to develop more. That's something from day one you notice about him.
Q. You mentioned you were a little nervous about the process of free agency, but from day one you were at ease. What put you at ease?
PARRIS CAMPBELL: Before we started OTAs, a bunch of the offensive guys got together in Arizona, had a throwing trip. I was able to get to know the guys a little bit, hang out with them. We were spending every day together for three or four days. That's kind of what settled me in at first, having that experience with them. Once we hit the field, started learning together, it was kind of just like second nature.
Q. What are your impressions on (cornerback) Deonte Banks?
PARRIS CAMPBELL: Man, I think he can be good. I think he can be really good. He's patient. He's strong. He's smart. He's fast. Yeah, I think he could be really good.