With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility for Parker
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As the Dolphins switch over to Tua Tagovailoa, it’s a great time to step back and see which wideouts will likely be big contributors going forward. Despite plenty of highlight plays from Preston Williams and acrobatic snags from Mike Gesicki, the number one option for the Miami Dolphins offense is 6th year veteran DeVante Parker.
Parker leads the team in overall receiving with 364 yards, 29 receptions, and 2 touchdowns. More than just the numbers, Parker seems to have come into his own as a top threat on the outside. Since the beginning of the 2019 season, #11 has establishes himself as a big, dynamic, physical outside receiver with elite catching ability. He has become a matchup nightmare, consistently getting the best of some of the top corners in the game. Just take a peep of how he has looked so far below:
In order for this team to take the next step and become a playoff caliber organization, DeVante must continue his level of play, but remain healthy. There it is, the consistent nag that has followed the Louisville product his entire time in the NFL. He has not missed much time and seems to be playing through injury which has not always been the case. It is a good sign in terms of his development as a player which looks to continuously be improving.
For Tua, having a reliable target with a large catch radius makes the job slightly easier. To be fair, the Dolphins have the second fewest yards of separation between their receivers and the defenders thus far in 2020, so the fact that Parker is able to make catches in rhythm, in traffic, and over the top is a skillset that the Rookie will likely utilize. Expect the Dolphins to play over the middle, somewhere Parker has excelled at in his career. The only risk with playing the middle of the field is exposing your receivers to hits, something Parker has unfortunately shown can do damage to his health throughout a season.
The bye may have been helpful for DeVante, hopefully he is able to come out of the week ready to go and is a large part of the gameplan offensively. It will be exciting to see who rises with the emergence of Tua, and all signs point to Parker being huge going down the stretch.