The Kansas City Chiefs’ 2014 regular season is just a few months away and KC Kingdom wants to help make the time go by faster by providing player profiles each day. Today’s featured player is cornerback Ron Parker.
How did Ron Parker become a Kansas City Chief?
Ron Parker attended Newberry College in South Carolina. He was undrafted in 2011, but later signed with the Seahawks. Parker bounced around from Seattle to Oakland back to Seattle to Carolina and finally he wound up in Kansas City. It wasn’t actually until his first year as a Chief that he got to start his first career NFL game.
Parker played in all 16 games last season and started one of those games. He had three forced defended passes, three recovered fumbles, two interceptions, one forced fumble, and one sack.
The cornerback position has been filled with drama for the Chiefs in the offseason. Brandon Flowers was released and has since signed with the Chargers, and Sean Smith was arrested last month. Parker was bumped up to first team during OTAs even though Smith was still at practice, which shows that the coaches are willing to give him a shot at proving what he can do.
The other cornerbacks on the roster are Marcus Cooper and Chris Owens. Cooper was a rookie last year, but showed skills at the beginning of the season. Owens was with the Browns and the Dolphins last season and signed with Kansas City earlier on in the offseason. There’s also Phillip Gaines, who the Chiefs drafted in the third round of this year’s draft.
Personally, I don’t think Parker will be a starter this year. Sean Smith started all but one game last year and despite his off the field issues, he did a pretty good job in 2013. I don’t think his arrest will lead to Parker getting a starting job over him, I just don’t see it.
Whatever the coaches decide, this Chiefs secondary needs to improve after their awful play at the end of last season. I recently did a piece on how the 2014 secondary will fair and I wasn’t very optimistic about it.
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