It’s a Trap! DeVante Parker Is Not Breaking Out

As Raymond Summerlin pointed out recently, when it comes to the game of waxing lyrical regarding their own players, no team on earth can hang with the Miami Dolphins. The 2017 team is already the “best offense” quarterback Ryan Tannehill has played on, despite no games being played. The most improved player on the team, Jay Ajayi, is preparing for an even bigger workload after coming on as a receiver during the offseason. Of course, how could we forget Julius Thomas, the ten touchdown guy? But the team has saved some of its most outrageous praise for third-year wide receiver DeVante Parker. After beginning the offseason by hinting at professionalism concerns (turning up on time is generally regarded as good practice in workplaces across the globe), the Dolphins spin machine kicked into overdrive. In May, Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen expected a “gigantic year” out of Parker, while coaches were telling the media that they expected him to “dominate” going into his third season. It’s a lovely story, but I have to write an unhappy and preemptive ending to this particular fairytale. It is not going to happen.

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By Neil Dutton | @ndutton13 | Archive