Following a couple of injury plagued seasons, wide receiver
In his prime, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound receiver was one of the most explosive returners in the game. Over his career, he has totaled 135 punt returns for 1,622 yards and three touchdowns as well as 29 kickoffs for 685 yards. Thus, it’s no surprise this is where he is planning on making an immediate impact.
“On special teams in particular is where I can really help this team,” he said following Tuesday’s practice with the rookies. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to be out here and I’m ready to make the most of it.”
The speedy, fleet-footed Parrish has played in only 10 games since 2010 while dealing with a pair of season ending injuries. In 2010, a wrist injury finished his campaign eight games in while in 2011 his year came to an abrupt end after just two weeks due to an ankle injury. Now, fully healthy, Parrish is hopeful that he can bring his big play ability to the Chargers.
“I’m feeling good for the first time in a while,” he said happily. “I feel great. I’ve been hurt the previous two years, so I appreciate having the chance to do my job and get back on top of my game.”
Parrish isn’t satisfied to simply make an impact on special teams; he plans on making a splash in the passing game as well. While he is certainly known for his return skills, he has shown he is equally adept on offense, amassing 134 receptions for 1,502 yards and seven scores over his career. Parrish also believes having a quarterback such as
“Just being around an elite quarterback like Philip Rivers and the passion he has for this game, it makes you want to match his intensity,” he said. “You’ve got to be disciplined to play with him and run disciplined routes. I mean, the ball is going to be there. Even in the smallest of windows he will fit that ball in there so I’ve got to make the right adjustments and be ready to make the play.”
Listening to the passion in which he spoke about this upcoming season, Chargers fans could be in for a treat should Parrish show he is back to being his regular, explosive self.
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