ESPN’s Field Yates is reporting that former Denver Broncos defensive back Will Parks is visiting the Detroit Lions. No word on if that visit was happening today, but it’s worth noting that free agent cornerback Quinton Dunbar posted on social media that he was in Detroit today for his visit.
Parks was originally drafted by the Broncos in the sixth round (pick 219 overall) of the 2016 draft and spent the first four years of his career as a subpackage defensive back with positional range. During his time in Denver, Parks played in 61 games, starting 15, and averaged 37 tackles and an interception each season.
Parks left Denver for Philadelphia in 2020 but a hamstring injury in camp kept him off the field early and he struggled to maintain any consistency. After six games (three starts), the Eagles released him and he returned to Denver to finish off the final four games of the season.
Parks' versatility is very appealing. During his NFL career, he has lined up at both safety spots, as well as time in the slot, and was a key contributor on special teams.
The difference between Parks time in Denver and Philadelphia is very noticeable. With the Eagles, he averaged 19 snaps a game, produced just a tackle and a half a game, and ended his six games with a grade of 51.7 from PFF. With the Broncos, he averaged 50 snaps a game, four tackles per game, and earned a 61.7 grade from PFF.
For Parks, coaching matters, and the ones that know how to use him properly see the results. Having Aaron Glenn and Aubrey Pleasant on staff surely helps the Lions chances here, should they decide to sign him.