With the Fins opening up their 2017 training camp, there are obviously story lines everywhere, but one that has gotten little fanfare up until now: is third year receiver DeVante Parker about to have a breakout season?
The former first round pick out of Louisville has had modest numbers his first two years in Miami and with names like Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills at his position, it’s easy for him to be relegated to an occasional thought or mention. But, there are also signs that Parker is ready to take his game up a notch or two.
First, this is his (and all his returning teammates) second year in coach Adam Gase’s offense. And, that will obviously allow Parker to have a better grasp or his route running and passing concepts, and as players often talk about, play “faster” within the passing game.
Also, when you have a “go to guy” like Landry, who will frequently see the opposing team’s top corner one on one and will be double teamed a lot, that makes your opportunities to get open and do damage greater too.
And as the Miami Herald pointed out on day one of Dolphins camp, Parker (for what it’s worth in training camp practice) was making plays all over the place.
And, now it’s not just the local or regional media that is taking notice about Parker’s potential in 2017. Former NFL standout WR/KR Nate Burleson is touting him for a big year, as well.
Burleson is one of the co-hosts of “Good Morning Football” on the NFL Network, and was just recently added to the crew of CBS’ “The NFL Today” for Sundays this fall. On Friday morning, the topic of receivers poised to make a leap in 2017 came up on NFLN, and Burleson propped Parker up immediately:
— GMFB (@gmfb) July 28, 2017
In addition to that highlight on the link above from the late season Buffalo win last year, Parker also ha a clutch moment during the Dolphins resurgence mid-season when he caught the game winning diving TD pass in the corner of the end zone to beat the Rams.
Burleson, predicts somewhere around 900 yards and seven TDs for Parker this year and that is a fair assessment. And, the good news for Dolphin fans is if something were to happen to Landry or Stills, Parker is more suitable to become a bigger part of Gase’s game plans.
It’s early in the process, but DeVante Parker is definitely one to keep an eye on this summer.