Parker will need to be an elite wideout for the Miami Dolphins to have a shot at the playoffs.
2. Devante Parker
8 targets, 4 receptions, 35 receiving yards
Parkers afternoon was cut short on Sunday when he was disqualified as part of his involvement in a fight while sticking up for Grant. He didn’t really miss much or was needed much after that, but it does show the unity and bond these players have with each other and their teammates.
Aside from the fight, Parker had an alright day being covered by underrated Bengals corner William Jackson III. With Gesicki and Gaskin handling business, Parker was not needed to do his usual WR1 role for the Phins.
That will change this Sunday in a game that should be high scoring. Parker, the Dolphins far and away top wideout, should see about 8-10+ targets this weekend in a matchup against a sneakily good Chiefs secondary.
Even with them being sneakily good, they do give receivers opportunities, and Parker should be more able to take advantage of those situations. However, it would not be a surprise if Parker gets double teamed at various points in the afternoon.
No matter the statline during the week, Parker is the team’s most important wideout and possibly skill position player on the offense, but he will need to take his game to the next level if the Phins expect to crack the playoffs and even then make a run.