Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker is known for his economy of words, so it wasn’t surprising Monday when he wasn’t eager to go into detail on a play he’d rather forget.
With Baltimore leading 14-0 in the second quarter, the Dolphins drove to the Ravens’ 28 before Ryan Tannehill tried to find Parker in the end zone. Parker, who has a large catch radius, leaped for what would have been a difficult catch — even more difficult because he also had to stay inbounds — but safety Lardarius Webb snatched it for a touchback.
After the game, coach Adam Gase said, “That’s one you hope that our guy brings down.”
Parker did not talk to reporters after the 38-6 loss but did speak Monday. As one reporter asked what happened when Parker had the ball but then didn’t, Parker interrupted and said, “I didn’t really have the ball.”
Did he think he could make the catch as it was in the air or see it as a 50-50 play the whole time?
“I don’t know,” he said. “I just didn’t come up with it.”
Was there anything he could have done differently?
“I don’t think so.”
Did he feel the safety coming?
“I didn’t see the safety coming. I was just focusing on the ball.”
A great play by the defensive back?
Gase’s take: “I thought he had it, actually. I thought it was a good ball. … Everything was where it was supposed to be. It’s just one of those ones where we’re going to one of our guys that we think can make plays.”
The week was a challenge for Parker to play despite a back injury. Gase said there were times Parker “wasn’t walking real well” during the week and that by getting out on the field, “I was impressed” by the receiver’s resolve.
Franks misses: Andrew Franks was wide left on a 46-yard field-goal attempt in the first quarter.
“He missed it. That happens,” Gase said. “As a field-goal kicker, we would love for him to hit that. I decided to kick the field goal. I felt like, ‘Let’s get some points here.’ Those guys had that drive. I felt like ‘V.J.’ (defensive coordinator Vance Joseph) and those guys would get everything straightened out on the other side, get some points and reload here. He left it down the hash.”
Jones returns: Defensive end Jason Jones is rejoining the team after a two-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.