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Preston Parker's release another reminder no spot is safe



Preston Parker might have been an undrafted player who has barely played two NFL seasons. But he nonetheless was a core player for the Bucs in 2011.

Catching 40 passes (25 for first downs) and serving as the team’s primary kick and punt returner made him an important cog.

But Parker is gone today after the team released him as part of its wide receiver shakeup this week. That makes Parker yet another key member of the 2011 Bucs to be sent packing by coach Greg Schiano.

He joins others like Tanard Jackson, Kellen Winslow, Brian Price and Dezmon Briscoe, each of whom was at least a somewhat impactful player.
But what does all this tell us?

Mostly, it reinforces an idea that everyone at One Buc Place should have grasped long ago: Nothing you did in the past matters one bit to this coaching staff. It’s all about production in the here and now.

Another thing this tells us is that this roster will continue to be a work in progress. Ownership, we are told, gave Schiano virtual carte blanche with the team’s returning players, and he has shown no hesitation to jettison certain ones when he sees fit.

One would assume that given the events of the past few months, every player in the locker room is acutely aware of this.

[Last modified: Friday, September 21, 2012 3:21pm]


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