(With AP Photos.) By BRETT MARTEL AP Sports Writer Preston Parker says he never learned to love football until he lost his job as an NFL receiver for nearly all of last season.
''That's one thing I probably lacked before,'' Parker said following practice Monday with the New Orleans Saints. ''I didn't love it as much as I do now. But when I went home, it gave me a bigger heart for the game and for the opportunity.''
The fourth-year pro is back in the NFL and showing signs that the promise he exhibited two seasons ago in Tampa Bay may yet be realized in the Big Easy.
His four catches for 43 yards and two touchdowns in New Orleans' preseason opener against Kansas City last Friday night got coaches' attention.
''With me, you come here and it's a new beginning,'' Saints receivers coach Henry Ellard said. ''Since he's been in here he's done a great job. He's been consistent in what he does, and that's what I'm looking for, especially on game day when you show up and you make plays lik...