WR DeVante Parker - Miami Dolphins
|6-3, 209||Born: 1-20-1993||College: Louisville||Drafted: Round 1, pick 14|
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Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 18 vs PIT (6 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec)
Devante Parker caught four passes for 55 yards on six targets against the Steelers. Parker made what was perhaps the play of the game for the Dolphins on a 37 yard catch where he showed off his elite athleticism and catch radius. Parker was targeted deep down the right sideline in what looked to be a 50/50 ball against the Steelers secondary. Parker was able to go above the rim to secure the catch, which was a fantastic show of his combination of size and athleticism. Unfortunately, Matt Moore fumbled away the next snap and killed any momentum that Parker was able to create with his fantastic reception.
2016 Week 17 vs NE (7 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)
DeVante Parker caught five passes for 45 yards on six targets against the Patriots on Sunday. Parker has seen his target volume vary greatly from week to week, as the Dolphins do not pass the ball enough to sustain heavy targets for Parker, Landry and Stills. The division of targets usually depends on whether the Dolphins are leading or trailing, with Parker seeing the most targets when the Dolphins are winning games. In this matchup however, Parker was relegated to possession receiver status, seeing only one target of over 15 yards. He is at his best when Moore is targeting him down the field, which has unfortunately forced him to become touchdown dependent in order to reach value. He will get a suspect Pittsburgh secondary next week, and could be the X-Factor for a Dolphins team that will need to keep pace with the high powered Steelers offense.
2016 Week 16 vs BUF (7 / 4 / 85 / 1 rec)
After four weeks of poor performances, Parker picked a great time to step up and provide one of his best plays of the season in a game that the Dolphins needed to win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Parker caught four passes for 85 yards and a touchdown, but none bigger than his 56 yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. With the Dolphins facing a third and six at their own 44 yard line, Parker ran a shallow in-route from the left side of the formation. He made a quick move to gain separation from his defender and caught the ball four yards from the line of scrimmage, before shaking off several arm tackles, juking two Bills defenders out of their socks, and turning a four yard in-route into a 56 yard touchdown reception. Parker is not necessarily known for his ability in the open field, but on this play he showed why he is the complete package. He can be effective as a possession receiver in the short passing game, get down field and use his athleticism to make big plays, and he can also turn a short gain into a long touchdown with a nice blend of size and speed.
2016 Week 14 vs ARI (3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
DeVante Parker caught two passes for 14 yards on three targets. He was not involved in the game plan as much as he has been in the previous weeks, but part of that was the talented Arizona secondary locking him down and Kenny Stills making plays when his number was called. Parker was targeted on short routes, catching a three yard slant as well an 11 yard comeback route. The only target that he didn't catch was also a slant route that was well defended by the Arizona secondary.
2016 Week 13 vs BAL (4 / 3 / 34 / 1 rec)
DeVante Parker came into Sunday's game with a questionable tag that was a result of a back injury that Parker suffered in last week's game against the 49ers. Parker has missed quite a bit of time since coming into the league, so it was good to see him get out there and play through his back injury. He caught three passes for 34 yards and a touchdown on four targets. Jarvis Landry dominated the targets from Ryan Tannehill, but Parker managed to make the play of the game and remind everyone that has the talent to be a #1 receiver in the NFL. With the Dolphins set up at the Ravens eight yard line, Ryan Tannehill ran a play action fake to the left before rolling out to his right. Parker had a step on his defender was running a fade route to the right corner of the end zone. Tannehill threw a really nice pass that looked like he hit it with a lob wedge, with the ball floating over a Ravens defender where only Parker could make the catch. Parker reached out with both hands and dove to the corner of the end zone, made the catch and managed to lay down completely flat while tapping his toes inside the end zone. It was an incredible catch by Parker, and one that he will add to a highlight collection that has been accruing rapidly this season.
2016 Week 12 vs SF (6 / 3 / 64 / 0 rec)
Stats do not tell the whole story with respect to Davante Parker's day against the 49ers on Sunday. He finished the game with three catches for 64 yards, but it could have very easily been a much bigger day. Parker had two catches called back on review, one an 11 yard touchdown where it looked as though Parker made a fantastic catch on the right corner of the end zone, but the review came back and said he did not have two feet in bounds. On the second play overturned, Parker again made an incredible catch along the left sideline that went down for a 32 yard catch, before the officials once again overturned the play and said he did not get two feet in bounds. These type of plays are to be expected of young receivers, but both catches were incredibly close, and if Parker gets both of his feet in bounds, he has a 100+ yard day with a touchdown. Despite those two plays going against him, Parker still managed to have the play of the game, and perhaps one of the best catches of the NFL season. Deep in Dolphins territory, Tannehill took the snap out of shotgun and took a four step drop. Parker ran a deep go-route where he curled ever so slightly towards the middle of the field. Tannehill delivered a beautifully thrown ball that was in the air for close to 45 yards, leading Parker just out in front of him. To his credit, Parker made a fantastic play by laying out in full stride, making the catch and twisting his body to prevent the ball from coming loss when he came in contact with the ground. That specific play was exactly why the Dolphins drafted Parker. He has elite ball skills and can go up and make plays above the rim, but he also has deceiving speed and a long stride that enables him to get behind opposing secondaries. He has continued to improve his route running while learning the subtle nuances of the wide receiver position, and the Dolphins are rewarding him by giving him more opportunities to make plays down the field.
2016 Week 11 vs LA (10 / 8 / 79 / 1 rec)
Davante Parker led all Miami receivers with eight catches for 79 yards and what went down as the game winning touchdown reception. Parker has seen the quality of his targets rise in recent weeks, running more routes in short space, which has played to his strength of gaining yards after the catch. Parker had only two catches heading into the fourth quarter, but with the game on the line, Ryan Tannehill looked to Parker time and time again. He had five catches on the final two drives of the game, including three on the final drive, one of which went for a touchdown. Tannehill took a shotgun snap at the five yard line and after a quick drop, threw a back shoulder out route to the right side of the end zone. Parker made a quick pivot and went down and dug the ball out of the ground, which sealed the deal for a Miami win. Parker has been getting a lot of looks the last two weeks, and even more importantly, he is producing solid numbers with the increased volume.
2016 Week 10 vs SD (8 / 5 / 103 / 0 rec)
Parker had been nursing a hamstring injury for much of the year and had been ineffective over the last five weeks. He made up for it on Sunday by catching five of eight targets for 103 yards. Parker would have had an even bigger day, if not for a 41 yard catch that was negated due to an offensive holding call in the third quarter. Parker paced the Dolphins in yards and had the longest play from scrimmage for Miami, a 56 yard reception that set up a game tying field goal with four minutes left in the fourth quarter. Parker ran a straight go-route on the left sideline, and despite being hammered by a San Diego lineman (to the facemask, which triggered a roughing the passer penalty), Ryan Tannehill delivered a looping pass to Parker in stride. Parker secured the catch and made a nice hesitation move to beat his defender before being tripped up at the 10 yard line. Parker had several other deep balls that he was either unable to come down with or catch in bounds, but it was crystal clear that he was healthy, and that the Dolphins coaches were bent on involving him on play action fakes deep down the field. With Jay Ajayi forcing defenses to stack the box, Parker's value as a receiver down the field has shot up once again.
2016 Week 9 vs NYJ (4 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Parker has been slowed down by a hamstring injury that has festered for several weeks now. It has not prohibited him from playing on Sundays, but it has stopped him from being effective and his target volume has fallen off a cliff in the last several weeks, which has coincided with Ajayi's rise as a running back. Parker caught two passes for eight yards on four targets in Sunday's game. He saw the lone target down the field from Ryan Tannehill but it was thrown wildly off target and Parker was unable to make an incredible play on the ball. Parker's hamstring injury has relegated him to decoy status, but opponents have become wise to this over the last several weeks, making him completely ineffective while on the field. He should be able to work through his injury, but it should be stated that wide receivers often have trouble with hamstring injuries, and in many cases (Jeremy Maclin), they can aggregate the injury if they don't allow it to heal completely before coming back. This looks like the case for Parker, which is unfortunate because many in the fantasy community pegged him as a breakout star this year.
2016 Week 7 vs BUF (4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Parker continued his current funk against Buffalo in Week 7 with less than 30 receiving yards for the third game over the past month. Kenny Stills was the deep threat of choice for the suddenly run-centric Miami offense. Parker made two contested slant route receptions of note, but his value comes on intermediate and deep routes. His lone opportunity came on a deep sideline route against tight coverage. Ryan Tannehill's throw was off-target on the play.
2016 Week 6 vs PIT (7 / 5 / 28 / 0 rec)
Parker had a quiet day overall, finishing with five catches for 28 yards on seven targets. The seven targets were his highest number of looks since week 1, when Parker saw 13 targets from Ryan Tannehill. Parker was used in the short passing game, but was not able to do much after the catch. He could have had a bigger day if Tannehill threw a better ball down the right sideline, however the pass was underthrew and Parker was unable to outmuscle his defender for the ball. The upside is Parker was involved in the offense (seeing the second most targets), but the Dolphins have been very inconsistent in how they use him from week to week and Parker is struggling because of it. Parker is 6'3, 210lbs and has the physical gifts to be a difference maker down the field, but he needs to start seeing more targets in that area before his production starts to match his immense skillset.
2016 Week 5 vs TEN (3 / 2 / 70 / 0 rec)
Parker was looked at as a deep sleeper in fantasy circles this week, as the Titans had allowed three 100 yard receivers in four weeks heading into their game against the Dolphins. Parker did lead the Dolphins in receiving yards on Sunday, catching two of three targets for 70 yards. Parker was able to create the second longest play from scrimmage for the Dolphins offense, beating his man down the left sideline and corralling a 40 yard bomb from Ryan Tannehill that went for 50 yards. That play was a small glimpse into Parkers potential as an outside receiver in Gase's offense, a position that churned out fantasy points when Gase was the offensive coordinator for the Bears. Parker did a great job of beating press coverage and getting behind his man, and the play nearly went for a touchdown. With that said, Parker is a tough player to peg, as his lack of consistent targets from week to week severely limits his fantasy value. Jarvis Landry is the unquestioned #1 receiver in Miami, so for now Parker will have to do what he can with limited touches.
2016 Week 4 vs CIN (3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Parker came into the game with a questionable tag, and considering how little he was used throughout the night, perhaps it would have been better for him to just sit out the game all together. He caught two passes for 20 yards on three targets, and of his three targets, only one came further than five yards down the field. Parker has shown ability to make tough catches when given the opportunity, but the Miami coaches have not made him a big enough part of the game plan for him to consistent from week to week. On a night when Miami trailed for most of the game, it should have been a game where Parker, along with Jarvis Landry, were heavily targeted, but that was not the case.
2016 Week 3 vs CLE (6 / 3 / 51 / 1 rec)
Parker was not targeted as much as he had been in weeks past, but still made his presence felt by catching the first touchdown of the game. Parker ran a deep slant route and sold a fake to the outside before gaining position on his defender on the inside hash mark. Tannehill threw a nice ball that allowed Parker to use his size and go up and high point the ball for a 26 yard touchdown. This play was a great example of what the Dolphins expected when they drafted Parker, as they need more physicality on the outside compliment the speed of Kenny Stills and the incredible athleticism of Jarvis Landry. Parker needs to see more than six targets a game in order to take full advantage, but it was encouraging to see him targeted on a high percentage deep ball that gave him a chance to make a play for the Dolphins offense.
2016 Week 2 vs NE (13 / 8 / 106 / 0 rec)
Parker had one of his best games as a pro, catching eight balls for 106 yards on 14 targets. He came to life in the second half (as with the rest of the Miami pass catchers) and provided the play of the game for Miami with a catch that went for 25 yards. Set up on the right hash mark, Parker set up his defender well by faking to the inside before running a go route to the outside. This setup left room on the right sideline for Tannehill to loft the ball to, which he led Parker several yards in front of him. While Tannehill led Parker a yard or two too much, Parker managed to leap up in full stride and double tap the ball down to himself where he made the catch going to the ground. This one player displayed why Miami drafted him. He has the size to be a mismatch against smaller cornerbacks, and the speed to beat more physical corners down the field. Plays like this will earn more trust from Ryan Tannehill, which will result in big numbers for the position that is the second most targeted position in the Adam Gase offense.
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