DAVIE — DeVante Parker has 152 receiving yards over the last two weeks and he’s providing a bit of optimism for the Miami Dolphins.
“I think last week there were a couple of times where it was good to see him go up and get one,” Miami coach Adam Gase said Wednesday. “You’re right, the week before, the same thing. There were a couple of situations where we went to him and he made a play. It might be something as little as catching a slant. And things were not going well and he made a play to kind of at least get the ball rolling.”
Parker missed three games with an ankle injury earlier this season. He also went through a seven-week stretch where he averaged only three catches per game and seemed to lose confidence.
As is almost always the case with Parker, not feeling healthy was a factor in his struggles.
“He has shown us, that you can tell he is feeling better,” Gase said. “He’s doing a lot of the things we’ve been asking him to do all season. We just need to get to the point where we have that consistency, game in and game out. And when we get to that point, he should be a very good player.”
After a dominating spring and summer, Parker has seen a decrease in his catch percentage (64 percent to 57 percent) as well as yards per reception (13.3 to 11.9) from last season.
Parker also has only one touchdown catch this season. Parker is scheduled to make $4.6 million in his fourth NFL season.