Dolphins WR DeVante Parker frustrated as disappointing season ends

Another nondescript season by DeVante Parker ended today. (Getty Images)

MIAMI GARDENS—The Dolphins expected a lot from wide receiver DeVante Parker this year. He expected even more.

As the hype swelled that this would finally be Parker’s breakout year, he believed it more than anyone. He had good reason, too. It was a strong offseason for him, he upgraded his entire off-field program and he looked excellent on the practice field in the month or so leading up to the season.

After a good first few games, his season spiraled because of multiple ankle injuries and he closed 2017 with pedestrian totals of 57 catches, 670 yards and one touchdown—nowhere near what he or Miami had in mind when he was the 14th overall pick in the 2015 draft.

“No, it didn’t go like I wanted,” he said after the Dolphins season-ending 22-16 loss to the Bills today. “Not for me. I just need to stay healthy, any way possible.

“Everything was good coming in. The ankle injuries just happen. I can’t control them.”

Parker caught six passes for 64 yards against Buffalo, giving him a decent final few games after hitting a rut in late November.

His plan for the coming offseason is to “get the body right, keep it right and just work,” which is exactly what he hoped to do coming into the year.

The upside for Parker is that there’s still faith in him among the coaches, starting with Adam Gase. Gase has defended him throughout the year, repeatedly pointing out to the media that injuries were a factor. Offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said recently he still thinks Parker will grow into a player who routinely puts up 100 catches, 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns.

“Coach gives me chances,” Parker said. “I’ve gotta make them count. He has faith in me that I’ll make the play when he calls my number.”

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