Donald Parham

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

Donald Parham News

Agrees to contract tender

Parham officially signed his exclusive rights free agent tender on Tuesday that will keep him with the Chargers heading into this coming season, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Parham is officially set to return to Los Angeles for at least the 2022 season after agreeing to sign the contract tender extended to him by the team in March. His status as the team's likely No. 2 tight end option is not guaranteed however as the Chargers signed former Seahawk Gerald Everett in April and head coach Brandon Staley indicated that the team may still be looking for at least one more player to bring in at the position this offseason. Parham, who saw his receptions double from 10 in 2020 to 20 in 2021, will likely have to compete for his spot amidst the Chargers' depth chart heading into this coming season as well.

Apr 12, 2022 2:23 PM EST

More competition on tap

Parham faces additional competition at TE after the Chargers opted to sign Gerald Everett, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Not only does Everett project to be the team's No. 1 tight end next season, coach Brandon Staley suggested the team is still interested in adding another one to the mix saying "You can't have enough tight ends for me because gaps and vertical threats make you a lot more challenging to defend." While nominal third-stringer Stephen Anderson signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals earlier this offseason, it's entirely possible Parham might find himself in a full-fledged battle for the No. 2 role, much less a starting spot, after the exclusive rights free agent spent the majority of the offseason to date as the team's lone quality option.

Apr 6, 2022 2:17 PM EST

Gets contract tender for 2022

The Chargers have extended a contract tender to Parham, per Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus.

Analysis: With the reported move, Parham -- an exclusive rights free agent -- is on track to reclaim his role in the Chargers offense in 2022. With that in mind, Kyed adds that Parham has been fully cleared from the concussion that landed him on IR late last season. The 6-foot-8, 237-pounder caught 20 of his 27 targets for 190 yards and three TDs in 14 contests last season. With last year's top pass-catching TE Jared Cook headed for free agency, Parham -- who turns 25 in August -- could potentially see an uptick in targets this coming season, but his fantasy upside won't come into focus until after the bulk of the team's offseason moves have been made.

Mar 11, 2022 12:20 PM EST

Placed on IR

The Chargers have placed Parham on injured reserve.

Analysis: Parham suffered a concussion in Week 15 versus the Chiefs. It was severe enough that he will now need to spend at least the next three weeks on the IR.

Dec 25, 2021 1:02 PM EST

Won't play Week 16

Parham (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Houston.

Analysis: Parham suffered the concussion Week 15 against Kansas City and was unable to clear the concussion protocol this week. Stephen Anderson will serve as the Chargers' No. 2 tight end Sunday behind starter Jared Cook.

Dec 24, 2021 12:58 PM EST

Doesn't practice Wednesday

Parham (concussion) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice session.

Analysis: Parham was stretchered off the field in Thursday's loss to Kansas City and was diagnosed with a concussion after the game. He'll likely need to practice in some capacity this week if he hopes to play Sunday against Houston.

Dec 22, 2021 2:40 PM EST

Diagnosed with concussion

The Chargers announced that Parham sustained a concussion in Thursday's 34-28 overtime loss to the Chiefs but is otherwise resting comfortably and is likely to be discharged from a hospital later Friday.

Analysis: Though the concussion clouds Parham's availability heading into the final three games of the regular season, the diagnosis is a welcome outcome after the tight end appeared to lose consciousness and was subsequently stretchered off the field early in the first quarter when his head slammed hard into the ground. Fortunately for Parham, he was deemed to be in stable condition upon arriving at the hospital, and follow-up tests and imaging revealed nothing beyond the concussion. He'll now have to navigate the NFL's five-step protocol for head injuries as the Chargers prepare for a Dec. 26 matchup with the Texans in Week 16.

Dec 17, 2021 10:00 AM EST

Suffers head injury

Parham suffered a head injury in Thursday's game against the Chiefs and was transported to the hospital for further evaluation, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: It appeared that Parham had hauled in a touchdown in the back corner of the end zone to conclude the Chargers' opening drive. However, he suffered a head injury on the play and spent several minutes being tended to by trainers before taken off the field on a stretcher. There's no further official word on the injury, though he was seen moving his extremities.

Dec 16, 2021 6:15 PM EST

Clear of injury designation

Parham (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Thursday's game against the Chiefs.

Analysis: Parham worked as a full practice participant Wednesday and was able to avoid the questionable tag. Jared Cook (quadriceps) is also good to go for Thursday, so Parham should fill his usual role as the Chargers' secondary tight end.

Dec 15, 2021 3:01 PM EST

Listed as limited Tuesday

Parham (knee) was limited on Tuesday's estimated practice report.

Analysis: Like top tight end Jared Cook (quadriceps), Parham improved upon his listing of DNP on Monday, fitting in some reps at a walkthrough Tuesday. Ultimately, Wednesday's injury report will reveal whether the players emerge from Week 15 prep with or without designations for Thursday's game against the Chiefs.

Dec 14, 2021 3:23 PM EST

Two catches in win

Parham caught both of his targets for 13 yards in Sunday's 37-21 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Parham played 41 percent of all offensive snaps but he was held in check against a New York defense that ranks 13th against the tight end position. After catching three touchdowns in his first six games this season, the young tight end has not caught a touchdown pass in his last five games. For the 24-year-old to be an effective tight end in fantasy football, he must figure out a way to get back in the endzone. Parham and the Chargers get a Chiefs defensive unit on Thursday, one that has looked very strong as of late.

Dec 14, 2021 8:27 AM EST

Dealing with knee injury

Parham (knee) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's practice estimate, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Parham has recorded multiple receptions in seven games this season, including the last two weeks. However, he apparently picked up a knee injury during Sunday's win over the Giants that would've kept him out of practice Monday. His practice status should be monitored throughout the week.

Dec 13, 2021 3:39 PM EST

Two catches in win

Parham caught two of his four targets for three yards during Sunday's 41-22 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Parham recorded his second-straight game with fewer than 10 receiving yards and was on the field for a season-low 16 offensive snaps. Although the Chargers have given Parham additional opportunities lately with starter Jared Cook struggling, the 6-foot-8 target failed to produce for the second game in a row. Even in the red zone, the one place Parham theoretically should excel, the Chargers looked instead to Keenan Allen (who scored twice) and lead back Austin Ekeler. If this game proves to be an indication of the Chargers' offensive scheme around the goal-line moving forward, the prospects are dismal for Parham and Cook who have utilized equally in this area of the field.

Dec 7, 2021 7:49 AM EST

One catch in loss

Parham tallied one of one receptions for five yards during Sunday's 28-13 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: Parham averages less than two targets per game but has totaled three touchdowns this season. The second-string tight end has seen 39 percent of offensive snaps over the year. Parham doesn't get enough playing time to be a critical target for Justin Herbert so his fantasy value is touchdown dependent.

Nov 30, 2021 11:15 AM EST

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

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