NFL CAREER – Parker enters his first season in New Orleans after spending most of the past three years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2010, Parker has served primarily as a return specialist but also as a receiver in Tampa Bay. In his 27 games as a Buccaneer, he returned 30 kickoffs for 617 yards, 23 punts for 210 yards and made 44 receptions for 596 yards and three touchdowns.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed by Saints to reserve/future contract, 1/3/13…Waived by Tampa Bay, 9/20/12…Signed by Tampa Bay to a one-year extension, 5/21/12…Re-signed by Tampa Bay, 4/4/12…Signed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent, 4/26/10.
2012 – Appeared in two games for the Buccaneers…Carried once for a seven-yard gain against N.Y. Giants, 9/16/12. 2011 – Appeared in all 16 games for the Buccaneers, finishing the season with 40 receptions for 554 yards and three touchdowns…Also returned 23 punts for 210 yards (9.1 avg.) and 20 kickoffs for 439 yards (22.0 avg.), while earning four special teams tackles… Made four receptions for 44 yards in the season-opener against Detroit, Sept. 11…Led team in receptions and yardage while recording career-highs in both categories with six receptions for 98 yards (16.3 avg.), including a career long 51-yard grab, against Minnesota, Sept. 18…Hauled in five catches for team-leading 70 yards and earned first career touchdown vs. Indianapolis, Oct. 3…Returned four kickoffs for a career-high 86 yards (21.5 avg.) while also making one catch for 13 yards at San Francisco, Oct. 9…Caught two passes for 32 yards and a 16-yard touchdown vs. New Orleans, Oct. 16… Made three receptions for 56 yards (18.7 avg.) while also adding a career-long 45-yard kickoff return at New Orleans, Nov. 6…Against Carolina, Dec. 4, recorded a career-long 34-yard punt return while also posting three receptions for 26 yards…Led team in receiving at Atlanta, 1/1/12, with 74 yards on four receptions including a long of 48 yards. 2010 – Appeared in nine games for the Buccaneers primarily on special teams…Recorded four receptions for 42 yards, a seven-yard rush, ten kickoff returns for 178 yards and six special teams tackles…Made NFL debut against Pittsburgh, Sept. 26, and returned two kickoffs for 52 yards (26.0 avg.) including a season-long 37-yard return while also adding one special teams stop…Returned a career-high five kickoffs for 83 yards vs. New Orleans, Oct. 17…Posted two receptions for 33 yards, including a season-long 21-yard catch, at New Orleans, 1/2/11.
COLLEGE – Played in 11 games as a senior at North Alabama after transferring from Florida State where he played for three seasons…Recorded 52 receptions for 789 yards and six touchdowns while also returning eight kickoffs for 220 yards for the Lions…Played in 33 games for the Seminoles and totaled 104 receptions for 1,189 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing 65 times for 370 yards…Also returned eight kickoffs for 162 yards, 31 punts for 328 yards, and completed one pass for a 26-yard touchdown at Florida State…Led the Seminoles in receiving in both his sophomore and junior seasons... Majored in social science.PERSONAL – Prepped at Atlantic (Delray Beach, Fla.) HS… Finished prep career with 90 receptions for 1,960 yards and 30 touchdowns…Was named a Prep Star All-American and first-team All-State as a senior after recording 45 receptions for 1,150…Preston Parker was born in Delray Beach, Fla. on Feb. 13, 1987.
New Orleans Saints receiver Preston Parker speaks with reporters after practice on Thursday, August 22, 2013.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Luke McCown locates wide out Preston Parker in the end zone for their second touchdown connection of the game.