Chargers TE Donald Parham expected to take another step forward

Gavino Borquez
Chargers Wire

After suffering a scary concussion in Week 15 against the Chiefs, tight end Donald Parham is back on the field like he didn’t lose a step.

While the defense dominated on Day 2 of training camp, Parham’s catch down the field from quarterback Justin Herbert that went for a touchdown, was the highlight on the offensive side of the ball.

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Chargers offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi was impressed. This season, the team is looking forward to Parham producing more explosive plays within the offense. 

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Donald Parham (89) catches a pass for a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at SoFi Stadium on October 25, 2020. [Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports]

"He’s a guy that I think can do a lot more than what we did last year," Lombardi said. "I think his ability to go up and catch the ball and high point it. His size and height differential is something we really want to tap into."

Parham finished the 2021 season with 20 catches on 27 targets for 190 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games. A mismatch to opposing defenders in the red zone with his 6-foot-8 frame, 20% of Parham’s career receptions have gone for scores.

While he was used primarily as a pass-catcher in 2020, his first season with the Chargers, Parham took significant strides to become a complete player at the position – showing more toughness and blocking ability throughout the year.

"He’s a better blocker than I would’ve thought," Lombardi said.

Parham will be joined by the newest addition of the tight end group Gerald Everett, who will be the team’s top option at the position, and second-year Tre' McKitty, who showed plenty of promise as an in-line blocker in his rookie season.

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Parham should continue to take another step forward and be an integral part of the offense this season, whether it’s threatening the seams, boxing out defenders in the red zone, or sealing blocks.