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WR DeVante Parker - Miami Dolphins

6-3, 209Born: 1-20-1993College: LouisvilleDrafted: Round 1, pick 14

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Parker is clearly behind Kenny Stills when Matt Moore is playing, and his upside isn't all that high when Jay Cutler is in. He's not an essential hold.

Week 12: at New England Patriots

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FBG says: Good matchup. For whatever reason, Jay Cutler remains coach Adam Gase's preferred starter as he returns from a concussion. Cutler has been wildly ineffective all year, while backup Matt Moore has posted two great games during Cutler's inevitable injury timeout. We can't just apply late-game relief numbers to a full game, and Moore was indeed horrid in his lone 2017 start. But he was strong last year over 3 starts, completing 63.4% of his throws and tossing 8 touchdowns. In any event, Cutler is the chosen one for Week 12, so we should expect a sanitized, low-impact passing "attack" that's built around the king of low impact himself, slot receiver Jarvis Landry. He's topped 230 yards just once over 7 full starts, and it's not a volume problem: he's averaging a solid 34.3 attempts, but a pitiful 5.75 yards per attempt. Until he shows a willingness to uncork his downfield game, Cutler looks like nothing more than a volatile dink-and-dunker with a ceiling around 225 yards and 1-2 touchdowns. At least Moore shows a willingness to go downfield and create some degree of impact. Cutler has failed all year to incorporate big-play threats DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills in a meaningful way, so it's safe to project Cutler and company to nickel-and-dime their way to midfield a few times and give up possession plenty. It's hard to know what to expect week-to-week from this unit, which has been shredded at times throughout the year but tightened up majorly of late. After allowing their first 6 opponents to average a whopping 322.0 yards, they've given up just 225.8 to their last 4. As with the running game, flow is the determining factor here. When an opposing offense is close and utilizing its full playbook, the Patriots are generally toast in coverage. We saw that when Brock Osweiler of all quarterbacks chewed them apart over the first half of Week 10. But if/when the Patriots jump ahead comfortably, offenses have to adapt into a free-throwing passing attack into heavy coverage, one that's predictable and much easier for Bill Belichick's flawed defensive personnel to control.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 vs OAK 54 0 0 0 8 5 76 0 0 7.6
10 at CAR 51 0 0 0 9 6 66 0 0 6.6
11 vs TB 57 0 0 0 9 4 26 0 0 2.6
12 at NE PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 5 * * * *
12 at NE PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *
12 at NE PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs TB (9 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)

Parker wasn't much of a downfield target in this one and had a drop that led to Jay Cutler's third interception. He was semi-effective on a few wide receiver screens, and had multiple red zone targets, including one in the end zone. He is the third receiver and not as emphasized with Matt Moore.

2017 Week 10 vs CAR (9 / 6 / 66 / 0 rec)

DeVante Parker caught six passes for 66 yards on nine targets against the Panthers. It is the fifth time in six games that Parker has caught at least four passes for 66+ yards, and has led the Dolphins in receiving yards in four of those games. Parker is normally targeted heavily in the intermediate and deep passing game, but in this contest he saw six of his nine targets within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. He did a good job of creating yards after the catch and also adjusting to Jay Cutler's inaccurate throws, including a nifty catch on the sideline on a comeback route. Even so, Parker did most of his damage after the game was well out of hand and the Panthers were more focused on keeping the clock running and avoiding big plays deep down the field which explains why he saw most of his targets in the short passing game. Parker has shown no lasting effects from the injury that kept him out of three games, and continues to be the Dolphins big play threat in the passing game. Parker only has one touchdown in six games, which is disappointing because he is really the only big bodied receiver that the Dolphins have and is a mismatch in the red zone where he can use his elite athleticism and jumping ability to high point the ball on fade routes and jump balls.

2017 Week 9 vs OAK (8 / 5 / 76 / 0 rec)

In Parker's first game back from injury, he caught five of nine passes for 76 yards and assumed the role of the X receiver in Miami's passing attack. Parker is the most versatile receiver the Dolphins have, as he is able to win one on one matchups down the field by using his athleticism and jumping ability, but he is also able to go over the middle and make tough catches in traffic. With the Dolphins intent on getting Jay Cutler outside the pocket, Parker was given time to set up his defenders and get open, and that's exactly what he did. On one play, Cutler moved his feet well in the pocket and moved around the Raiders linebackers by shifting side to side several times. Parker ran a deep crossing route and by the time Cutler delivered the ball, Parker had run away from his defender was on his way to a 26 yard gain. If the Dolphins can continue to spread out opposing defenses, Parker will have big games on the way in the second half of the season.

2017 Week 5 vs TEN (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

DeVante Parker caught his only target of the game for six yards. Parker injured his ankle early in the first half against the Titans and was ruled out after halftime. The ankle injury is not believed to be serious and Parker's injury status is uncertain as he heads to week 6.

2017 Week 4 vs NO (8 / 6 / 69 / 0 rec)

DeVante Parker again led the Dolphins in receiving yards, while tying for the team lead in receptions. Parker caught six passes for 69 yards, and was the only Miami skill position player to finish with 50+ yards. Parker has finished with 85, 76 and 69 yards in his first three games this season, leading the Dolphins in receiving yards in all three games. Parker has made a habit out of creating "wow" plays every week, and this game was no exception. With Jay Cutler scrambling out of the pocket, he threw an off-balance jump ball as Parker was making his way back to the ball. Parker elevated and was able to get to the ball a split second before his defender, made a tough grab and then turned it up-field, gaining other nine yards after the catch. Parker is without a doubt the X-factor in the Dolphins passing game, as he is capable of creating big plays after the catch on short and intermediate routes, but is at his best when boxing out defenders deep down the field and elevating way above cornerbacks to make tough catches. Even in a game where the Dolphins had less than 200 net yards of total offense and only one trip to the red zone, Parker was able to score double digit fantasy points and stand out as the best player on the field for Miami.

2017 Week 3 vs NYJ (10 / 8 / 76 / 1 rec)

DeVante Parker was the lone bright spot for the Dolphins, catching eight passes for 76 yards, as well as the lone touchdown for the Dolphins offense. Parker was extremely efficient, catching eight of 10 targets. Parker had the longest play of the day for the Dolphins offense, catching a 26 yard pass where he ran a deep go-route and Cutler threw the ball behind him. Parker made a great adjustment and caught the ball for a nice gain. Parker was the only receiver who consistently won one on one matchups against the Jets young cornerbacks, and if not for Cutler being off-target for most of the game, Parker could have had a bigger game

2017 Week 2 vs LAC (9 / 4 / 85 / 0 rec)

On the surface, Parker catching only four of his nine targets for 85 yards may not sound like an impressive day, but there was a lot to be excited about. For starters, Parker was targeted deep down the field on five of his nine targets, and managed to have two separate 30+ yard catches. On his first 31 yard catch, Parker improvised a short in-route, taking off down the middle of the field as Cutler was forced to roll out of the pocket. Cutler led Parker just out in front of him and Parker made a great over the shoulder catch that showcased his ability to make the tough grab. On his second 31 yard catch, Parker ran a straight go-route and despite being tightly covered, Cutler threw the ball up and gave Parker the opportunity to make a play. That is exactly what Parker did, elevating above his defender and snatching the ball directly from his outstretched defender. It was the type of play that will give Cutler the confidence to continue throwing the ball deep down the field to Parker, even when he is covered.


Latest News

Dolphins | DeVante Parker quiet in home loss (Sun Nov 19, 08:39 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker finished with four catches for 26 yards on nine targets in Week 11 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Dolphins | DeVante Parker not focused? (Thu Nov 16, 09:20 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker is not playing with the same 'edge' mentally since returning from an ankle injury, according to offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen. 'We have to get him right back to that level,' Christensen said. 'He still could do some great things before this year is over and he could make it into a heck of a season.'

Our View: Parker has had comments like this dog him throughout his pro career. It seemed like they might be behind him earlier this year, but this is too familiar. He could get closer to fulfilling his potential, but Parker is continuing on the track of an underachiever.
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Dolphins | Fine MNF showing for DeVante Parker (Tue Nov 14, 01:17 AM) - Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker registered six catches on nine targets for 66 yards in the team's Week 10 contest Monday, Nov. 13, versus the Carolina Panthers.

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