DeVante Parker has been in the news recently, as the former longest tenured Miami Dolphins player has been traded to the division rival New England Patriots.
Selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, it took Parker a while to grow in to a legit #1 receiver for the Dolphins. Nearly labeled a bust, he has come on in recent years, and has put up good numbers despite his injury issues and Miami’s limited offense. His best season came in 2019, which is the only season of his career in which he played in all 16 games. He put up 1,200+ yards and caught 9 touchdowns that year, numbers that he hasn’t even come close to before or since. The theory has been that if Parker didn’t struggle with nagging injuries, his output would be far more respectable. But perhaps things will be different for him in New England with Mac Jones. Don’t count on it.
Parker earned both first and second team All-AAC honors while at Louisville, catching 33 touchdowns over his four seasons. His collegiate quarterback for his first three years was Teddy Bridgewater, who is now the Dolphins backup.