Tight end Brian Parker rejoins the New York Jets for the 2017 season with the hope that his offseason conditioning has well prepared him to compete in training camp for a final roster spot.
The relationship between tight end Brian Parker and the New York Jets is one likened to that first date after meeting one another on the L-train; things were awkward and so it never made it to a second date. You both realized the timing wasn’t quite right; as time passes and needs change you decide to give things another try.
With the Jets and Parker’s history, there’s pressure for both sides to justify a sign-waive-reclaim. In either position, the approaching preseason will decide if the back together again is magical or ordinary.
2016 SEASON REVIEW
As a player with the Kansas City Chiefs, Parker played in nine games during the 2015 season. With key run blocks that led to touchdowns, his performance became more instrumental to their successful season. Conversely, during this time he was targeted twice and recorded one reception for six yards.
In a 2016 preseason game, Parker went shoulder to shoulder with a safety and a nerve injury ensued that snatched him out of the entire 2016 season.
And so, the back and forth relationship with the Jets began in September 2016 after they parted with tight end Jace Amaro. On a Sunday, Parker was claimed from the Chiefs and that following Tuesday, Parker and the Jets were separated.
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2017 SEASON OUTLOOK
Yet again, Parker stands as a man with something to prove. For both coaches and fans, you want a guy who is excited to be on the team and ready for battle.
With no previous year stats to predict Parker’s 2017 outlook, we must only hang on the promise of the strength of his re-conditioned muscle.
For Parker, the time to be in the NFL is now and with his second date with the Jets, there’s no way Parker is letting this year slip by.
TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
Parker is a key run blocker with size, speed, and athleticism. Missing the final roster cut is not an option this time around and continuing to condition his body almost ensures him a final roster spot.