The Miami Dolphins have spent seemingly the entire offseason revamping the wide receiver corps to fit the style of offense that offensive coordinator Bill Lazor likes to employ. One of the biggest moves towards that goal was drafting former Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker at 14th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Parker was hyped as one of the top wide receivers in a draft loaded with wide receiver talent, and only the Oakland Raiders' Amari Cooper and the Chicago Bears' Kevin White were considered to be better than him by the majority of draft analysts.
His career at Louisville saw him breaking out as a potential superstar in his final year, as he nearly tied his college career highs in total receptions and reception yards in five fewer total games played in the season. It was an injury to his foot that kept him from playing the entire season, and now ironically enough, it's keeping him from participating in his NFL career as well.
It was reported that the surgery he underwent in June this offseason was merely precautionary, as the Dolphins wanted to make sure their investment in Parker paid off in the long run, not just in the immediate. As a result, Parker started training camp on the physically unable to perform list, much to the dismay of Dolphins fans. Head coach Joe Philbin on the other hand, does not appear concerned.
“No, not at all." Philbin said during his press conference when asked if he was discouraged about Parker's status. "Again, this is a process, DeVante Parker is going to be an excellent football player here for a long time and so we’ll take it one day at a time. It’s a process and when he’s healthy we’ll get him on the field and he’ll practice. Once we’re confident he’s comfortable in his assignments and execution and he can help us win football games, he’ll go out and play.”
According to the film review our own Efrain Ramos (@EfrainRamos) completed months ago, Parker has an uncanny ability to fight for the ball in the air and can use his 6'3" frame to maneuver around defenders, making him a target that eventually will be of great to quarterback Ryan Tannehill. But, that time is not now, and we will all have to be patient before seeing Parker in action.
“Again, I’m taking it one day at a time." Philbin said. "It’s a long time away and we’ll see. I’m calm, I like what he’s doing, he’s working hard and he’s got a good attitude.”
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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