Part of the Miami Dolphins extremely talented trident attack at wide receiver, DeVante Parker is someone that both fans of the Miami Dolphins and the front office have been waiting on. Dogged by injury and conditioning issues throughout his short career thus far, Parker is expected to have a “gigantic year” in 2017 for the Dolphins.
A former first round draft pick by the Dolphins during the 2015 NFL Draft, Parker is the big threat downfield for the Miami Dolphins. Possessing some excellent length and size, Parker is someone that can go up and get the football when it is thrown his way. This style perfectly compliments that of Kenny Stills and Jarvis Landry, whenever he is on the field that is.
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Having some major conditioning issues in years past, Miami has had to monitor Parker extremely closely during the last two preseasons to make sure he was drinking fluids during and after practice. However, once these issues are sorted out, Parker usually have a second half of the season run where he puts up some good to great numbers for a wide receiver.
Unlike those past seasons though, many in Miami expect Parker to have put these issues behind him and to also be fully prepared for a prime breakout campaign in 2017. Talking to the media about Parker, Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen has full faith in Parker to get the job done this season and to show his true skill and talent levels.
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“I really think the lifestyle and routine is better. All those things have gotten better for him, and I think they’ll all combine for him having a great year this year. I really think he’ll have a great, big year — a gigantic year for us. That would be huge.”
Playing alongside both Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills, any success Parker finds would be a blessing for this offense. Given Miami’s strides in the passing game last season, should Parker even come close to the 100 reception marker and potentially the 1,000 yard receiving mark, it will be a great year for Miami.
However, should Parker once again have his issues during the first part of the season, his time in Miami may end up being numbered. Given the availability of big men in this league, Parker could find himself out of a job should he once again struggle to put a full seasons worth of success and overall health together.