Parker has grown better with age.
Juqua Parker’s age actually worked in his favor at training camp Monday.
The Eagles starting defensive end got the day off for 30-and-over day.
“Enjoy that free time,” the 32-year-old said about his rest.
With a roster full of young guns, a 10-year NFL vet like Parker didn’t have much company on his off day. The only other 30-somethings on the roster are QB Michael Vick, injured center Jamaal Jackson and a trio of special teamers -- kicker David Akers, long snapper Jon Dorenbos and punter Sav Rocca.
So did all the old guys get together for a board game or something else on their off days?
No, said Parker. So what did he do with his day off?
“Just chilling, laying out… getting some extra sleep.”
The 6-foot-2, 250-pound lineman could use an extra day or two off considering that he has played every game for the Birds since joining the team before the 2005 season. But Parker doesn’t seem to be slowing down setting a career high with eight sacks in 2009.
Parker seems to appreciate his elder statesman status and he says he tries to help out all the young guys.
“Just advice that they ask you for… giving little tips and hints,” Parker said.
On of the guys possibly asking for Parker's help is Brandon Graham. The Eagles No. 1 draft pick is listed right behind Parker on the depth chart and youth will likely be served, eventually. For now the vet got served -- with a day of rest. Sounds like he enjoyed it.
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