Five catches for 62 yards is hardly anything to get all tingly about. But you watched what I watched. When Tua wanted to go downfield, down the sideline he only looked at one guy and that guy was DeVante Parker who somehow, at least at the moment, isn’t already out for the Dolphin’s next game.
It’s fun to joke and cry about how Parker is never available due to his multiple hamstring injuries, but when the guy is on the field, the offense runs better. He’s a very talented receiver who can catch the slant off of the RPO. But his greatest asset to the team is his ability to go up and get the ball or use his big body to shield defenders from getting anywhere near him catching the ball.
Tua isn’t throwing that ball to Hollins, Ford, or even Waddle. He knows that would be a waste of a play. He’s only throwing that to DeVante Parker and perhaps Mike Gesicki.
I wrote last week that I hope Parker and Fuller would come back because if Miami is really going to do the impossible and rip off nine straight wins, they’re going to need as many good players as they can. DeVante Parker is a good player when he is actually on the field. It’s that whole getting him on the field and keeping him on the field part that always gets in the way.
Tua being able to rely on someone else that isn’t Jaylen Waddle would be so clutch for him and the offense. we see that he looks for Waddle, seemingly, every time he goes back to pass. Hollins and Ford get a look here and there and Gesicki, typically, gets his targets as well. But you can tell that Tua likes the security blanket that is DeVante Parker. Let’s just hope Parker stays healthy.
I hope everyone has a wonderful start to their week and takes solace in the idea of just relaxing come Sunday. We don’t have to worry about how the Dolphins will do and there’s a good chance Miami moves up the standings without even playing. That’ll be nice.