Donald Parham

Detroit Lions
Tight End #49
Detroit Lions
Tight End #49

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Most catches of season

Parham caught four of his five targets for 38 yards in the 41-37 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Analysis: Parham continues to cut into Jared Cook's workload as he was on the field for 42 percent of offensive snaps. The young tight end has now caught three or more passes in two of his last three games. The 2019 undrafted free agent's usage should maintain throughout the remainder of the season, particularly as he continues to excel in the red zone.

Nov 23, 2021 1:03 PM EST

Records one catch

Parham caught one of two targets for 17 yards during Sunday's 27-20 loss against the Vikings.

Analysis: Parham continued to function in his role as the secondary tight end option on the team and saw 26 offensive snaps. His lone catch helped advance the ball into Minnesota territory and contributed to a touchdown drive, early in the third quarter. Although Parham hasn't been a major focal point for the offense, he has been looked upon in the red zone at a very high rate (four of his 14 targets have been in the red zone) which has translated into three touchdowns on the year. Parham is only averaging 1.6 targets a game, and barring an injury to top tight end option Jared Cook, doesn't figure to see an increase in his workload.

Nov 16, 2021 7:46 AM EST

Scores touchdown again

Parham caught all three of his targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Eagles on Sunday.

Analysis: Parham has consistently seen around 20-30 snaps every given game, but a heavy three tight-end scheme saw Stephen Anderson, Jared Cook and Parham all factor into the offensive equation. The big-bodied target managed to capitalize on single coverage in the red zone to rumble ahead for the go-ahead score in the third quarter, but more importantly Parham saw his most targets since Week 4. Expect the 24-year-old to be continually touchdown-dependent fantasy asset most weeks.

Nov 8, 2021 5:12 PM EST

Scoring stretch ends

Parham caught both of his targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 34-6 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: After scoring in back-to-back weeks, Parham saw fellow tight end Jared Cook score the team's lone touchdown in what quickly turned into a Ravens rout. The big-bodied target has seen a smattering of targets game planned for him on a week-to-week basis, but is hardly consistent enough to be relevant save for deeper fantasy formats.

Oct 20, 2021 5:18 AM EST

Scores in back-to-back games

Parham caught both of his targets for 29 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 47-42 win over the Browns. He also snared a two-point conversion.

Analysis: Parham capitalized on a nifty bit of playcalling, scoring from 22 yards out to get the Chargers on the board in the first quarter. Later, the 6-foot-8 target flexed his utility in the red zone, grabbing a two-point conversion to kickstart the team's double-digit comeback. While Parham's specific utility as a red zone threat might hinder his fantasy value, he's clearly become a focal point in said area and could become more relevant if he's able to earn more consistent playing time.

Oct 10, 2021 6:52 PM EST

Snares TD in win

Parham caught two of his three targets for 17 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 28-14 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Parham saw a slight uptick in playing time (56 percent offensive snaps) with the Chargers ahead for the entirety of the contest. The 6-foot-8 behemoth even put his height to good use, capitalizing on his first red zone target of 2021 for just his fourth career touchdown. It's a bit surprising Parham hasn't been utilized more near the goal line given his unmatched size, but given how efficient the Chargers have been in that area over the past three weeks, the 24-year-old might be more of a luxury than a necessity.

Oct 5, 2021 11:50 AM EST

First catch of 2021

Parham caught his lone target for 19 yards in Sunday's 30-24 win over the Chiefs.

Analysis: Parham has received just two targets through three games, and this was his first reception of the year. The 24-year-old tight end has recorded between 45 and 51 percent of the offensive snaps in each contest this season. Jared Cook has logged at least 56 percent in each matchup.

Sep 28, 2021 6:06 PM EST

Returns for preseason finale

Parham (tailbone) returned for Saturday's preseason game against Seattle, catching his lone target for five yards.

Analysis: Parham missed the previous game with a tailbone injury, slowing down his momentum after reports from training camp named him as one of the early standouts. He should have a depth role this season, but fantasy utility will be a long shot unless veteran tight end Jared Cook misses time.

Aug 30, 2021 6:47 AM EST

Missing time with injury

Parham did not play in Sunday's preseason loss after aggravating a tailbone injury in Friday's practice, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Parham has arguably been one of the team's biggest training-camp standouts to date, seemingly gaining an innate rapport with quarterback Justin Herbert, particularly in the red zone. The injury, which initially occurred earlier in the week and was aggravated in a jump-ball situation Friday, doesn't seem to be serious, but any lingering issues could allow for 2021 third-round pick Tre' McKitty to play his way into a larger role.

Aug 22, 2021 8:31 PM EST

Bigger role on tap?

Parham is expected to see a bigger role in the offense entering the new season, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.

Analysis: Parham has one of the early standouts through training camp thus far, flashing his athleticism after the catch while also improving as a blocker. The latter will be the key to additional reps for Parham considering the Chargers figure to use veteran tight end Jared Cook almost exclusively as a receiving threat. The 6-foot-8 former XFL tight end was already considered a favorite red-zone threat of quarterback Justin Herbert's, so any sort of additional playing time should only benefit Parham given the obvious rapport with his star QB.

Aug 9, 2021 7:15 PM EST

Facing new competition at TE

Parham could face competition for the No. 2 tight end role after the Chargers drafted Tre' McKitty in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Chargers seem intent on rostering a strictly blocking tight end, a role some thought the 6-foot-8 Parham was well suited for after an overachieving rookie debut. Much like Virgil Green in past seasons, McKitty seems pigeonholed into the aforementioned role by the Chargers brass which could cut into Parham's already limited workload. With Jared Cook already established as the team's top pass-catching option at TE, Friday's third-round selection might remove any possibility of Parham having any sort of fantasy value, even in deep redraft leagues.

May 1, 2021 8:11 AM EST

Snags TD to finish season

Parham caught three of his four targets for 37 yards and a touchdown in the 38-21 win over the Chiefs on Sunday.

Analysis: Parham once again got the start with Hunter Henry on the reserve/COVID-19 list and put together a second consecutive respectable outing. The former XFL tight end concludes his first campaign in the NFL with 10 receptions for 159 yards and three touchdowns, but the 6-foot-8 behemoth should be poised for at minimum a depth option next year after having to fight for a roster spot entering the 2020 campaign.

Jan 3, 2021 9:40 PM EST

Full practice Thursday

Parham (illness) practiced fully Thursday.

Analysis: With Hunter Henry still on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Parham could be in line for an expanded role again in Week 17 if Henry isn't activated in advance of Sunday's contest against Kansas City. In such a scenario he'd continue to work in a tight end time share with Stephen Anderson. In the Chargers' Week 16 win over the Broncos, Parham caught two of his three targets for 47 yards, while Anderson chipped in four catches (on six targets) for 48 yards.

Dec 31, 2020 2:25 PM EST

Resumes practicing

Parham (illness) was back at practice Thursday, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.

Analysis: It remains to be seen if he'll be listed as a full or limited participant, but with Hunter Henry still on the reserve/COVID-19 list as of Thursday, Parham could be in line for added work again in Week 17 if Henry isn't activated before Sunday's game against Kansas City.

Dec 31, 2020 12:14 PM EST

Misses practice Wednesday

Parham (illness) didn't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: With Hunter Henry on the reserve/COVID-19 list and Parham now dealing with an unspecified illness, at this stage of the week Stephen Anderson is the Chargers' top healthy tight end as Sunday's game against Kansas City approaches.

Dec 30, 2020 3:05 PM EST

Gets start in win

Parham caught both of his 47 yards in Sunday's 19-16 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Parham got the start in place of Hunter Henry (reserve/COVID-19 list) and played 81 percent of the team's offensive snaps, but the XFL star was overshadowed by Stephen Anderson who nearly led the team in receiving. The lack of targets is slightly troubling considering Parham previously appeared to have the one-up on Anderson for the team's backup TE spot, but the massive difference in snap count should still give fantasy managers some semblance of confidence in using the 6-foot-8 option if Henry is unable to play in the final game of the regular season.

Dec 29, 2020 2:31 PM EST

Likely starting this week

Coach Anthony Lynn said Parham will start at tight end if Hunter Henry isn't removed from the COVID-19 list for Sunday's game against the Broncos, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.

Analysis: With Henry looking unlikely to play, Parham and Stephen Anderson are the only tight ends on the roster. The Chargers may promote Matt Sokol from the practice squad before Sunday's game, but Parham will still be the favorite to get targets. The 6-foot-8 tight end had 307 yards and four touchdowns in five XFL games earlier this year, but he's caught just five of 15 targets for 75 yards and two TDs for the Chargers, averaging 12.5 offensive snaps in 11 appearances.

Dec 25, 2020 4:35 PM EST

Season high in receptions

Parham caught two of his four targets for 21 yards in Sunday's 45-0 loss against the Patriots.

Analysis: Parham did see a season-high in receptions (two), targets (four), yards (21) and snaps (19), but it's a byproduct of the Patriots taking away most of the Chargers' offensive options. The 23-year-old will likely revert back to his minimal role as the Chargers take on the Falcons next week whose weak defense to tight ends will allow for Hunter Henry to see more opportunities.

Dec 8, 2020 8:46 AM EST

No targets against Jets

Parham didn't receive a target in Sunday's win over the Jets.

Analysis: The 23-year-old tight end failed to catch a pass for the third time in four games. Parham has enjoyed some success this year with two of his three receptions happening in the end zone. However, his upside is severely capped as the No. 2 option behind Hunter Henry.

Nov 24, 2020 5:52 PM EST

No receptions in loss

Parham caught zero of his three targets in Sunday's 31-26 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Parham's most memorable target came on the game's final play when quarterback Justin Herbert attempted to hit the 6-foot-8 tight end on a game-winning fade towards the upper right corner of the end zone only for the pass to be ruled incomplete upon review. Virgil Green (ankle) remains on IR which gives Parham the opportunity to contribute more to the Chargers' offense, but it's hard to expect much from the big-bodied target. The tight end played a mere nine snaps Sunday and will most likely play a similar role so long as Hunter Henry remains healthy.

Nov 10, 2020 9:40 AM EST

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