Parker Has “Quiet Brashness To Him”July 13th, 2012
Joe hates to get all wordy, but it’s kind of hard to be quiet and brash at the same time, but apparently Preston Parker pulls that off, so says Ronde Barber.
Bucs beat scribe Woody Cummings has penned a story about Parker’s maturation process, which includes high praise for the wide receiver from the Bucs’ iconic
Still, it’s a little unusual to see a player so new to the league play with Parker’s fearlessness. He has earned some fans in the locker room as a result.
“He carries a little quiet brashness to him, which we as football players always appreciate, especially when that guy is on your team,” Bucs veteran cornerback Ronde Barber said. “That’s one of the reasons he’s done such a good job as the slot receiver. But we’ve all known what Preston could do for a while now.”
Parker was one of the lone bright spots last season with 40 catches for 554 yards, and plenty of those yards were earned with pure grit. While Parker is not a good returner, the Bucs would be served well if they had everybody playing as hard as Parker does at the receiver position.
Perhaps being denied barbecue sauce at KFC toughened Parker up, though more likely it was hitting rock bottom at Florida State and appreciating the chance the Bucs gave him as an undrafted free agent in 2010.