Parker concluded 2018 with five catches and 33 yards off of 10 targets.
Parker started the season on the practice squad and moved up following the season-ending ACL injury to Jake Butt. He didn't get too involved in the offense until Jeff Heuerman (ribs) went down for the year in Week 12. As a No. 2 tight end, Parker didn't show too much promise as an option in the passing game. Even if Heuerman departs in the off season, the competition brought on by Butt, Matt LaCosse, and Troy Fumagalli alone will make it difficult for Parker to make the squad.
With Matt LaCosse (foot) inactive, Parker was the next man up in a depleted tight end corps. The 26-year-old now has back-to-back two-catch outings and five receptions overall in the last three games, but he's totaled just 33 yards over that stretch. Nevertheless, Parker will find himself in the primary tight end role once again in the Week 17 finale versus the Chargers if LaCosse is unable to suit up.
Teammate Jeff Heuerman (ribs/lung) is out for the year, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports. That should bump Parker up the depth chart.
Parker was targeted for the first time since Week 6 during Sunday's win over the Steelers. Heuerman exited late and now Parker figures to slot into the No. 2 role behind Matt LaCosse. Parker has just one career reception, so don't expect too much, but he does figure to get some opportunities Sunday against the Bengals 31st-ranked pass defense.
Parker was promoted to the active roster Saturday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
The Albany product has steadily worked his way up the ladder having just joined the practice squad at the beginning of September. Parker doesn't figure to have any significant role on the offensive side of the ball, but the tight end could be of service on special teams should he continue to impress the coaching staff.
Parker signed a contract to join the Broncos' practice squad, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Parker, who's only appeared in nine games since going undrafted out of Albany in 2015, will continue his development in Denver for the time being.
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