Parker looks to emerge from tough year in Big Easy
METAIRIE - Preston Parker says he never learned to love football until he lost his job as an NFL receiver for nearly all of last season.
The fourth-year pro has responded to a tough year by landing in the Big Easy and showing signs that the promise he exhibited two seasons ago in Tampa Bay may yet be realized.
His four catches for 43 yards and two touchdowns in New Orleans' preseason opener against Kansas City last Friday night got coaches' attention.
Receivers coach Henry Ellard says Parker has demonstrated the consistency in practice and play-making on game day that he's looking for.
Parker caught 40 passes for 544 yards and three TDs with the Buccaneers in 2011, but was released two games into 2012.