I am beginning a new series called the Pewter Spotlight, where I will be looking at the Bucs roster and choosing a player that may not be well known, not have the greatest stats, or even be a starter, but is worth learning about and deserves a chance to have the spotlight on them for once. Every Buc player on the roster is critical for this franchise to turn their loosing ways around. This week’s spotlight is focused on the undrafted, former FSU wide receiver, Preston Parker. This series will come out once a week and help the Buc fans learn about players that may not be the biggest names, but could be vital to the Bucs this season.
Parker, the former FSU receiver, was undrafted in the 2010 NFL draft, after being dismissed from FSU due to legal troubles (I won’t get into the details of his arrest, they are pretty well known, and in the past). Parker, the 5’11”, 197 lb. receiver signed a free agent deal with the Bucs, feeling it was the best option for him. While he had a lowly season last year at North Alabama, Parker became a highlight real waiting to happen at FSU. In just his sophomore season, the speedester from Delray Beach, caught 62 balls for 792 yards and 3 touchdowns; he was also a threat at both running back and return man.
Parker has had some off the field issues, but those are in the past. Parker has his head straight and is focused on football, something other teams should take notice of. Parker does not have the size to match up one on one with a physical corner, but playing at the slot receiver position or in the return game, if Parker can find open space, he will have defenses chasing him all over the field. The Bucs receiving core is poor at best and now very young with Benn and Williams joining the roster. Parker could be a spark that could bring that entire unit together, taking the pressure off the big receivers and adding a new weapon for Freeman.
Parker is one of those players that may not have been drafted and many overlook him because of his character issues and size on the field. But Parker will prove them wrong and has the skill set and focus to go out on the field and make a name for himself. Let’s see what he can do this year.
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