Schiano Singles Out Parker, OrlovskyJune 12th, 2012
The leader of the New Schiano Order plays things close to the vest, but today after the first practice of mandatory minicamp, Greg Schiano went out of his way to praise Preston Parker and backup QB Dan Orlovsky.
Josh Freeman had good things today about Parker’s development, and Schiano piled on a few minutes later.
“I think he’s improving quite a bit, both as a returner and as a wide receiver,” Schiano said. “Not that he wasn’t productive before, because he was. But I see him doing things that are really going to be helpful. That’s why I said the competition at wideout is excellent. The cream will rise to the top, but it’s a good group, as we get more reps and reps, Josh is going to be more comfortable with it. I’d be remiss if I didn’t say Dan Orlovsky is doing a really good job. In his role, when he gets his chances, he’s really performing well.”
Minus his fumbling issues as a returner, on top of being a rather average return guy, Parker was a solid threat last season with 40 catches, plenty on third down. His emergence can only help drive the rest of the receiving corps.
Interestingly during a practice exchange today, Sammie Stroughter aggressively caught and returned a punt and drew praise from Schiano, “Way to work Sammie. Way to work.” On the next repetition, Parker caught his ball and quickly drew the ire of Schiano and P.J. Fleck. “Chin. Chin. Chin,” they screamed. Chin’s is the camp code word for ball security, holding the ball tight and under the chin.