DAVIE — Coming from the quietest Dolphin, it will have to suffice as a proclamation.
The subject was offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen’s recent comment that he expects a “gigantic year” out of DeVante Parker, the receiver whose production has never caught up with either his potential or injury rate. Parker had 744 yards last season, but that barely approaches what the Dolphins envisioned when they spent the 14th overall pick on him in 2015.
So, what of those “gigantic” expectations?
“Coach knows what I can do,” Parker said Tuesday.
Truth be told, Parker has looked consistent this offseason, mainly because he has been out on the field the whole time. No jogging around the practice field, fighting a sore hamstring while everybody else is going through drills.
Asked to list ways he has improved, Parker first volunteers route-running and being more physical against defensive backs. It’s only with more prying that he says he’s stretching more, eating better, using the cold tub, hydrating more, sleeping right — you name it.
“Whatever I need to do,” he said.
If this is an epiphany — this is June, so draw conclusions at your risk — what caused it? Perhaps the fact that through two seasons, he has started a combined total of 12 games?
“Just talking to myself, really,” he said. “I just know I wanted to play better than I did last year. I was really big on this. Because me not being healthy, I couldn’t do what I wanted to do.”
The stakes are huge. There’s no question what Jarvis Landry can do. Kenny Stills stretched the field to the tune of nine touchdown receptions last season. Add a 6-foot-3 Parker fulfilling his potential and you have a dangerous complementary trio.
“I know what I can do,” Parker said.
A glimpse came as OTAs wound down last week. Parker made a difficult touchdown catch against Byron Maxwell, then got in Maxwell’s face in case he missed anything.
“It’s something newer now,” Parker said. “I just feel like 100 percent and I just express myself, let it all out now.”
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