Who Is New Orleans Saints’ Preston Parker?
I’ll be honest; I knew very little about the New Orleans Saints‘ Preston Parker before Friday night’s preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs. After reeling in two touchdown catches from Luke McCown in the third quarter Parker suddenly emerged on everybody’s radar it seemed.
Parker is a three year veteran who formerly played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the previous two seasons. In 2011 Parker played in all 16 games for Tampa Bay compiling 40 receptions for 554 yards and three touchdowns. The following season, however, Parker only played in two games with no receptions. Parker would eventually be cut by the Buccaneers just a couple of games into the season.
Fast forward to right now and Parker is seemingly vying for a spot on the Saints’ wide receiver depth chart. Following his performance in the preseason opener, Parker will almost certainly get second looks from the Saints coaching staff thanks to his two touchdown performance. Parker made four catches on the night for a total of 43 yards.
Parker may get second and even third looks, but I think it’s unlikely he will make the 53-man roster by the end of the preseason. His background is a bit checkered from his college days, and during his three year NFL career he has only played in 27 games for a total of 596 receiving yards on 44 receptions.
Parker will likely stick around throughout the rest of preseason, but I think others who are battling for a spot on the depth chart will beat him out. Rookie Kenny Stills dropped an early pass from Drew Brees but later made up for it with a nice catch going out of bounds. Stills also highlighted his speed which could be invaluable on the field this season. Nick Toon also grabbed four receptions for 66 yards, and training camp fan favorite Andy Tanner hauled in three catches for 59 yards.
While it’s nice for Parker that he was able to make those plays and score for the Saints, I urge caution for Saints fans. Do not get too attached this early in the preseason. If he makes the roster he makes the roster, but until then I urge patience. He may be the next big thing, but I doubt it. Let’s see how the rest of the preseason goes and then we can decide.
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