MIAMI GARDENS — What is Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker hoping for on Sunday?
“Man,” Parker said Friday. “(New England) played a lot of man (in the first meeting) and I want to take advantage of it. Go out and execute. Make the plays. When it’s 1-on-1 coverage, I want to make the plays every time.”
When the Dolphins played at the Patriots in Week 2, Parker had a season-high eight catches for 106 yards. Ryan Tannehill was Miami’s quarterback that day, but Parker feels Matt Moore will take the same approach.
“If Matt sees 1-on-1, he’s going to give it to you, you’ve just got to make the play,” Parker said.
The Patriots are 14th in the league in pass defense, so it seems there is some potential vulnerability.
At New England, the Dolphins passed for 387 yards, with Jarvis Landry adding 10 catches for 135 yards.
Parker believes the diversity of Miami’s receiving corps is a strength.
“We have different ways to get open and different ways to help the team,” he said.
Parker noted Kenny Stills’ speed and Jarvis Landry’s aggressiveness. What he respects most about both of his teammates, however, is toughness in the blocking game.
“Jarvis plays hard until he hears that whistle,” Parker said. “Kenny’s tough, too. If there is a (line)backer he’ll go and get him. And you know he doesn’t weigh as much, but he goes in and hits him.”
Parker took a step forward this season by meeting coach Adam Gase’s expectation to take better care of his body and learn how to best play through pain. On a 56-yard touchdown at Buffalo last week, Parker broke a tackle and shifted into high gear, exploding for the type of highlight-reel play he’s capable of.
“I’m pretty sure anyone can do that,” Parker said, which is completely untrue.
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