How Big An Impact Can Parker Make With A Breakout 3rd Season?
Parker offers the size, catch radiance, and high point ability to dominate
The Miami Dolphins invested their 2015 first round pick on Wide Receiver DeVante Parker and going into year three, the results have been mixed.
For starters, he has battled injuries throughout his first two seasons and was rarely at 100%. But when he has played, there were bright flashes and huge potential was on display. Unfortunately, potential doesn’t win games. So the most radical addition Parker can add to his game in 2017 is consistency.
Parker is entering the all-important third year, which NFL football fans know is usually the make or break year for Receivers. Unlike positions like offensive lineman, running back, and linebacker where Rookies can come in right away and excel, wide receiver has a steeper learning curve, so it can take young players a few years to finally produce at a consistent level. DeVante has definitely had some big games, where he has showed off his unique combination of size and speed, but as of last year, he was just figuring out how to take care of his body in a professional manner… deep concepts like drinking water eluded Parker in early 2016.
Parker would give the Dolphins core a missing element of size
Last year Coach Adam Gase called DeVante out and said that he needs to take care of his body better and also be able to play through pain. He seemed to respond positively by playing in 15 of the Dolphins 16 regular season games. The big question is will that drive to meet his talent level continue?
Coach Clyde Christensen recently vocally expressed his support for Parker and predicted big things for him this upcoming season. He said DeVante has been around the building a lot more compared to last year. Clyde sees Parker as far hungrier than before.
The next big question after if Parker will get it together, is how big would the impact be on Dolphins and their opponents if he does?
Yes, this is a bit rhetorical, because obviously it would be huge. But I also think many aren’t fully realizing how brutal this core would be on opponents secondary with Parker playing up to his talent. Think about it, all three levels will have a dominating players attacking it. Add to this that Ryan Tannenhill proved to be elite in his deep game and you can see the mounting problems secondaries will have. That’s not to mention the support of Jay Ajayi in the running game.
Yes, the Offensive Line will determine a great deal. I haven’t forgotten about the line play.
DeVante is a good guy who may have just grown up
DeVante’s ability to command doubles on the second level would leave Still one-on-one on the top and Landry one-on-one underneath. You could shift the double anyway you’d like and Miami would have a huge edge over nearly every secondary. Who has three corners of that caliber… and that doesn’t include if Carroo’s light goes on, or if Ford is the find people are pumping him up to be. Personally, this could end up the best Dolphins offense in ages if Parker (and the O-Line too, Lemmus) puts it together. Every other major piece has proven it can get it done… now it’s Parker’s turn.
I’m licking my chops for all the tasty Swiss cheese that could be on the menu… please drink some waters, get some sleep, and take this year as seriously as possible Parker. You could end up the catalyst for something special if you do. Go Fins!!!