DAVIE—The DeVante Parker enigma continues for the Miami Dolphins.
The upside for Parker is that he wasn’t a total disaster in Monday’s 27-20 win over the Patriots, but there were still frustrating mistakes as he finished with four catches for 40 yards.
“We just need the consistency,” coach Adam Gase said today. “We have to keep trying to get him going. He can be such a huge piece of the puzzle for us.”
Parker had two drops, including one on the first play of the game when Jay Cutler hit him in the hands coming across the middle and he lost control of it as New England linebacker Elandon Roberts came at him.
It hit Parker three yards past the line of scrimmage, but could’ve been a long gain if he’d been able to catch it and get to the outside. He had a similar drop with about five minutes left in the game where the ball bounced off his hands and was nearly intercepted.
“There was some good stuff, (but) there was a couple of them I wish we could have back that I thought were gonna be some big plays,” Gase said. “I can see him understanding the concepts so well to where he knows he has a lot of green grass and he wants to go, but he’s gotta catch the ball first. And that’s really what happened on that first play.
“He knew he had a chance for a big one, and we just need him to focus on catching the ball first and run after that. He’s gotta trust his speed. There was some good technique things he did on his routes.”
Parker’s longest play of the night was a 15-yard catch in the first quarter, which is a letdown considering he should be the No. 1 big-play threat on the team. In each of the previous two games, he had one catch for five yards.
Parker, the No. 14 overall pick in 2015, hasn’t topped 70 yards receiving since Nov. 5 against Oakland. In 40 career games, he’s topped 100 yards three times. Going into Sunday’s game at Buffalo, he’s third on the team in catches (40) and yards (454). He has just one touchdown.
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