When Eric Parker tells San Diego's young, undrafted receivers about what it takes to legitimately challenge for a roster spot, they listen. It's not that Parker is a motivational speaker; it's that he's been to the top of that mountain before.
Parker, now working as an assistant coach, defied the odds to earn a roster spot as an undrafted rookie in 2002. He went on to start 40 games during his six-year career, catching more than 45 passes every season between 2004-2006.
Now, he's passing the tricks of the trade to this year's undrafted rookie receivers -- Charles Martin, Greg Carr and Rod Smith -- as well as 2008 holdover Gary Banks.
SDBoltReport.com photographer Shana Siler caught all of these receivers in action during a recent training camp practice and shares her photos in the gallery below. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more info on each of the young wide-outs.
Former Chargers WR Eric Parker is back with the team as part of the NFL's minority coaching fellowship program.
Second-year WR Gary Banks looks to cash in on the experience he gained last season on the practice squad.
WR Charles Martin has drawn comparisons to the man he now studies under, Eric Parker.
FSU product Greg Carr gives the Chargers another big-bodied option at wide receiver.
San Diego's Rod Smith hopes to follow in the footsteps of a former Denver Broncos great of the same name.
Second-year receiver Gary Banks has been a sponge throughout the offseason programs.
Rookie Charles Martin has turned heads with some spectacular catches so far in camp.
With his towering frame and ability to make acrobatic catches, Greg Carr reminds some of teammate Malcom Floyd.
WR Rod Smith has been told by receivers coach Charlie Joiner that he has a "pretty good chance" of making the 53-man roster.
Gary Banks boosts his chances of sticking around with strong run blocking and contributions on special teams.
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Rookie Receiver Roundup
- To find out if Charles Martin is indeed the next Eric Parker, click here.
- For a scouting report on Greg Carr courtesy NoleDigest.com, click here.
- For an exclusive two-part interview with wide-out Rod Smith, click here.
- For more on Gary Banks' quest to unseat Kassim Osgood, click here.
- To talk about these young receivers in the message boards, click here.