Donald Parham
Parham with the Washington Redskins in 2019
No. 89 – Los Angeles Chargers
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1997-08-16) August 16, 1997 (age 24)
Lakeland, Florida
Height:6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight:237 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school:Lake Gibson
College:Stetson
Undrafted:2019
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2021
Receptions:30
Receiving yards:349
Receiving touchdowns:6
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Donald Parham Jr. (born August 16, 1997) is an American football tight end for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Stetson University, and signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2019.

College career

Parham played college football at Stetson. During his senior season, he had 85 receptions for 1,319 yards and 13 touchdowns.[1]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 8+38 in
(2.04 m)
240 lb
(109 kg)
36+18 in
(0.92 m)
10+12 in
(0.27 m)
4.68 s 1.68 s 2.75 s 4.51 s 7.53 s 38.5 in
(0.98 m)
10 ft 5 in
(3.18 m)
17 reps
All values from NFL Combine[2][3][4]

Detroit Lions

On May 10, 2019, Parham signed with the Detroit Lions after going undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft.[5] He was waived on May 12, 2019.[6]

Washington Redskins

He signed with the Washington Redskins on June 7, 2019, after a minicamp tryout.[7] Parham was waived on August 31, 2019,[8] but re-signed to their practice squad on September 12.[9] He was released on September 17, 2019.[10]

Dallas Renegades

In the 2020 XFL Draft, he was selected in the ninth round by the Dallas Renegades.[11] In his second game versus the Los Angeles Wildcats, Parham made five catches for 76 yards and a touchdown.[12] He had his contract terminated when the league suspended operations on April 10, 2020.[13]

Los Angeles Chargers

2020 season

Parham signed with the Los Angeles Chargers on April 14, 2020.[14] During his first game in week 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Parham recorded his first career reception, a 19-yard touchdown pass from rookie quarterback Justin Herbert, during the 38–31 loss.[15]

2021 season

While attempting to catch a pass during a week 15 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Parham dove for a ball in the back of the end zone. Without contacting an opponent he landed on his elbow and then rolled onto his back, which caused his head to make contact with the ground and go unconscious and demonstrated a fencing pose with rigid arms. After about 10 minutes, with arms still rigid and hands shaking, he was taken to Harbor–UCLA Medical Center and was said to be in stable condition, undergoing tests for a head injury.[16] He was placed on injured reserve on December 25.[17]

NFL statistics

Year Team Games Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2020 LAC 13 5 10 159 15.9 26 3 0 0
2021 LAC 14 9 20 190 9.5 22 3 0 0
Total 27 14 30 349 11.6 26 6 0 0

References

  1. ^ Ledger, Ray Beasock The. "Lake Gibson's Donald Parham has a chance to be taken in the NFL Draft". The Ledger. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  2. ^ "Donald Parham Stats, News and Video - TE". nfl.com. Retrieved October 7, 2021.
  3. ^ "Donald Parham, Stetson, TE, 2019 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved October 7, 2021.
  4. ^ "Donald Parham, Combine Results, TE - Stetson". nflcombineresults.com. Retrieved October 7, 2021.
  5. ^ "Lions' Donald Parham: Signs with Detroit". CBSSports.com. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  6. ^ "Lions sign 2 WRs, release 2 TEs following rookie minicamp". Lions Wire. May 12, 2019. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  7. ^ "Redskins sign TE Donald Parham to 90-man roster after minicamp tryout". Riggo's Rag. June 7, 2019. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  8. ^ Carpenter, Les (August 31, 2019). "Josh Doctson highlights list of cuts as Redskins finalize roster". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  9. ^ "Redskins Sign TE Donald Parham To Practice Squad". redskins.com. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  10. ^ "washington release TE Donald Parham from practice squad, sign TE Drew Belcher". September 17, 2019.
  11. ^ Bender, Bill (October 21, 2019). "XFL Draft picks 2019: Complete results, rosters, players for new football league". Sporting News. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  12. ^ Hoyt, Joseph (February 16, 2020). "Despite Landry Jones' subpar debut, defense and run game lead Renegades to 'gritty' first XFL win vs. Wildcats". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved February 16, 2020.
  13. ^ Condotta, Bob (April 10, 2020). "XFL suspends operations, terminates all employees, but Jim Zorn says he has hopes league will continue". SeattleTimes.com. Retrieved July 17, 2020.
  14. ^ "Los Angeles Chargers Sign Tight End Donald Parham Jr". Chargers.com. April 14, 2020. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  15. ^ Edwards, Josh (October 4, 2020). "Buccaneers vs. Chargers final score: Tom Brady rallies Tampa to win over rookie Justin Herbert". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  16. ^ "Chargers TE Donald Parham undergoing tests, in stable condition". December 16, 2021. Retrieved December 17, 2021.
  17. ^ "Chargers Announce Moves Before Week 16". Chargers.com. December 25, 2021.