Dolphins’ DeVante Parker Explosive In OTA’s
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins have a lot of expectations for first round pick DeVante Parker and on day one of the teams OTA’s, they were not disappointed. To be fair there is no contact at OTA’s but when it comest to pass routes, cornerbacks and receivers typically get a shot to show off a bit because in the NFL there isn’t supposed to be contact until after the ball is caught.
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Parker was catching everything and drew a lot of praise from several local media members and at the end of the practice, his own quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
"“DeVante was great today,” Tannehill said, via the team’s official website. “We’ve been seeing [it] for the past few weeks just working on air, but today against the defense you got to see him make some tough catches with defenders on his back in traffic, and that’s what you want to see. You’ve got a guy with a big body who’s able to make strong catches with his hands in traffic. That’s when you’re able to cut it loose.” – Sun-Sentinel"
Parker was all over the field and that is something that Joe Philbin wants to see all of his receivers do. Philbin wants each receiver to learn multiple receiving positions to enable the offense to move them around for a better situational match-up. Parker isn’t the only new wide-receiver on this years roster. In fact Jarvis Landry and Rishard Matthews are the seasoned in house veterans. The Dolphins traded for Kenny Stills prior to the draft and signed Greg Jennings as a free agent. It’s giving the Dolphins some youth at the position with Jennings now the old man tasked with teaching the teams younger players.
On Tuesday however it was all about the number one. Parker was impressive in his routes, his footwork, his cuts, and especially his ability to haul in the passes. At one point he reportedly made Brent Grimes look small. To be fair Grimes is a hitter so without contact it’s less impressive. Still the fact that Parker is doing what needs to be done is a good sign for a team needing a wide receiver to step up like Landry did last season.
It’s only OTA’s but good news is always better than bad news.