The NFL, it is said, stands for “not for long,” meaning a player is always at a constant risk of losing their job to somebody else.

AJ Parker made the Detroit Lions in 2021 and ended up costing someone else a job, and that’s precisely the reason he isn’t planning on letting up in 2022. As he knows, nothing is guaranteed in the league, so he constantly has to prove himself no matter how solid his position on the team may seem.

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As Parker explained to the media speaking on Wednesday, June 9, in spite of playing a huge role for the team in 2021 as an undrafted free agent, he isn’t letting up this offseason in pursuit of a regular role.

“This is the NFL man, your job’s really never safe so it’s always about getting better and working. That’s all I’m focused on is just trying to get better. Can’t afford (to let up),” he said.

At this point in time, Parker sees a big advantage in terms of his own expeirence. He knows the staff and the lay of the land, meaning there are no surprises.

“For me, the only difference right now is just experience,” he said. “I’ve been here for a year so I understand the schemes what the coaches want from me, just what I need to do to be successful, but the same mindset coming and you know fighting for a job.”

Understanding what his staff expects is also an advantage for Parker at this point in time, as he’s been around the block before.

“A lot more confidence just being here and already knowing what to expect and knowing like I said what the coach is expecting. It gives me a lot of confidence,” he admitted.

Locked in, it seems as if Parker isn’t resting on his laurels after a good 2021 season in the league even if he understands what’s coming.

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Source:: Heavy.com

      

‘This Is the NFL:’ AJ Parker Not Letting up in Spite of Rookie Success

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