Where Are They Now? Parker, Neal

The San Diego Chargers decided to part ways with Lorenzo Neal after the 2008 season. Neal had become one-dimensional as a fullback and in Norv Turner's scheme the team needed someone who was a more dynamic runner with good hands. Neal was average at best when it came to catching the ball out of the backfield, and lacked speed and agility to be an effective offensive weapon. However, it still came as somewhat of a surprise to fans that the Chargers would part ways with the veteran player, especially considering how fond Ladainain Tomlinson was of his on-field bodyguard and off-field friend. Neal signed with the Baltimore Ravens but it is unclear as to what role he will fill. The Ravens are high on their young fullback Le'Ron McClain so it'll be interesting to see if Neal serves as a backup to the third year player.

Eric Parker was release before training camp this year. He was derailed by injury and his absence allowed Vincent Jackson to blossom into a capable player. It also preempted the team to draft his replacement in Buster Davis. And with the addition of Chris Chambers during the 08 season, suddenly the depth chart was boosting some nice wide outs and Parker simply couldn't make up the ground he lost. Parker played well for the team over the years, but never developed into another more than a #2 receiver and didn't really shine as a returner either. Fans loved the toughness he displayed, but the team needed to move on and Parker was released to pursue opportunities elsewhere. He has yet to sign with a team, which could signal the end of his NFL playing days.

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August 24, 2008

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2 comments:

Billy The Kid said... Aug 24, 2008, 7:19:00 PM

Parker was a scrub...I'll never forgive his fumble in the playoffs! GOOD RIDDANCE!

Anonymous said... Aug 24, 2008, 10:03:00 PM

Eric Parker wont be missed, but you have to wonder how LT will respond without Neal there with him on the sidelines. Lo Neal was always there as a veteran presence for LT to go to but who will #21 confide in now?

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