DAVIE — Just when the Miami Dolphins needed DeVante Parker most, he’s come up short.
In the last two Dolphins games, Parker has hauled in only 5 of 12 targets for 31 yards. On four of those attempts, the ball has been intercepted.
But count Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler among those not counting Parker out — yet.
“He’s just got to take that next step as an elite receiver,” Cutler said Wednesday. “Like you said, we all know what he’s capable of. He knows what he’s capable of.”
So what’s been holding Parker back?
“I think he’s still battling back from that ankle (injury) and getting all of his confidence back and trusting it, which is a big part of his game – to jump and cut and make all of the movements that he needs to,” Cutler said. “Just making that next step and knowing that these one-on-one balls are coming his way and he’s got to make the play more times than not. He’s aware of that. We’ve talked to him.”
Cutler defended Parker’s character.
“He’s an awesome kid,” Cutler said. “He’s giving everything he’s got and he’s going to get there.”