In order to find out whether Parker has the skills to be a true No. 1 receiver, Miami needs him to be healthy. He seems to be doing well in that regard this offseason and had a particularly strong day in Thursday’s final Organized Team Activity practice.
“He has really made a lot of strides this spring,” coach Adam Gase said. “You’re seeing a guy go full speed every day. It’s been impressive. He’s really done a good job of learning the offense better than last year, coming out to practice every day. He hasn’t taken anything for granted. Every day he’s been out there he’s really grinded. From the time he steps on the field to the time we have to get off the field, he’s always doing something. I’ve really enjoyed watching him improve over the spring.”
Parker, the No. 14 overall pick in 2015, started just four games as a rookie. He improved last year despite ongoing hamstring trouble and finished with 744 yards and four touchdowns on 56 catches. Gase said “there’s a lot of room for him to grow” and is optimistic about that development between now and September.
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