5. Draw up some plays for Donald Parham
Hunter Henry landed on the COVID-19/Reserve list and is almost certain to miss the game. That puts the Chargers in a tough position, but it’s always next man up with this team.
Donald Parham isn’t a bad next man up at tight ends. His usage hasn’t been high but he’s been highly efficient when he does catch the ball. Multiple touchdowns on the year and fighting for yards against the Patriots are some of the moments Chargers fans remember.
Use his size and speed to your advantage. We are talking about a 6’8″ tight end that’s difficult to bring down with 4.5-4.6 speed. At the very least, make Denver account for him.
The Chargers not using more two tight end sets with Parham has frustrated me. With no Virgil Green it always felt like they were just voluntarily choosing to only play Henry outside of one or two Parham snaps per game. Parham isn’t the greatest blocker, but he’s fine. His route running and athleticism are more than fundamentally sound.
See what you have in Parham before the offseason. Building a Ertz-Goedert dynamic with him and Henry for next year could be really promising. If Parham shows enough on the field, Tom Telesco may not even have to draft a tight end.