Brian Parker did not necessarily expect to get waived by the San Diego Chargers three weeks ago. But he is happy he was claimed by the Chiefs.
“My first five days here, I was just like ‘Whoa’ ” Parker said. “I wasn’t expecting to be anywhere else, and now I’m here, I’ve got to learn this (offense) fast.”
Chiefs coach Andy Reid has a reputation for having a voluminous playbook, but Parker, an undrafted rookie free agent from Albany, said that the process of learning it is going well.
“The offenses (here and San Diego) are totally different, but learning an NFL offense for the first time is probably the hardest thing you’ve got to do,” Parker said. “So having that under my belt makes it a little easier learning the second time around.
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“It’s not easy, though. Right now, I’m just trying to get down the tight end, the ‘Y’ position, (down).”
Parker, who caught one pass for 14 yards this preseason with the Chargers, believes he has the versatility to help the Chiefs whenever called upon.
One of Parker’s strengths, according to general manager John Dorsey, is his run blocking.
Parker, who is the Chiefs’ heaviest tight end at 6 feet 4 and 265 pounds, concurs.
“In order to be a good tight end in this league, you’ve got to have versatility, so I think I’m good at (all) those things,” said Parker, who is on the Chiefs’ 53-man roster but has been inactive in the first two games. “But the one thing I take pride in, especially after my first four preseason games I played with San Diego, is my on-the-ball blocking ― coming off the ball, moving a guy.
“I really take pride in being able to make room for the running back, whoever that may be.”