More evidence unicorn DeVante Parker could be Jay Cutler’s bestie

DeVante Parker of the Miami Dolphins catches a touchdown late in the fourth quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Rams last season. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

DAVIE — The thing about Jay Cutler is it seems he can’t help but let you know what’s what.

So, Jay, how open does DeVante Parker have to be for you to throw him the ball?

“Not open at all,” Cutler said Sunday.  “Covered. As long as there’s just one (defender), the ball’s going to go up to him.”

Parker has been targeted six times per game in 23 career games.

Jarvis Landry, by comparison, has been targeted 8.5 times per game in 48 career games.

Could the script reverse in 2017, with Cutler at the helm?

Cutler is greedy. And this is not a knock.

He likes his yards in chunks. And Parker is a chunk-monster.

Landry: 10.6 yards per career catch.

Parker: 15.1 yards per career catch.

For the Dolphins to be at their best, there must be continued unselfishness from the receivers.

It was a formula that worked fabulously last season, as Landry, Parker and Kenny Stills were committed to block for each other.

“They all want the ball,” Cutler said. “That’s pretty standard throughout the league; but they’re really unselfish guys. They block for each other. They run off (defenders) for each other. They’re doing every little thing possible to help each other. I think whenever we do score or guys make big plays, you can see the other guy is excited for them. That’s genuine stuff and that’s good.”

Still, it is clear Parker has already been identified by Cutler as a rare, exceptional unicorn.

Parker is 6-feet-3, 212 pounds, and he can run and he can jump and he can make all the catches and is a threat to score at any time, at any of three levels.

Oh, and he’s healthy. And he’s committed to live up to his first-round draft status.

Cutler already realizes what he has. He realized the day he strolled into Davie via his couch in Nashville.

When did he identify Parker’s talents?

“Day One,” Cutler said.

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