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DeVante Parker

Miami Dolphins
Wide Receiver #11
Miami Dolphins
Wide Receiver #11
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DeVante Parker News

Quiet in overtime loss

Parker caught four of seven targets for 42 yards during Sunday's 31-28 overtime loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: The 28-year-old finished a distant third in targets, as QB Jacoby Brissett targeted Jaylen Waddle and Mike Gesicki a combined 25 times, mostly in the short passing game. Parker had a strong debut with four catches for 81 yards, but he's struggled in the absence of Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) with 42 receiving yards in each of the past two contests. The season debut of Will Fuller (personal) also likely cut into Parker's workload in the passing game, and it will be difficult to trust either of those options while Brissett remains under center for Miami.

Sep 27, 2021 2:50 PM EST

Doesn't make much of nine targets

Parker caught five of nine targets for 42 yards in Sunday's 35-0 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Parker led the team in targets and finished second behind Jaylen Waddle (six catches for 48 yards on eight targets) in both receptions and receiving yards. Miami's entire offense struggled, as backup Jacoby Brissett threw for just 169 yards on 40 attempts after replacing Tua Tagovailoa (ribs). Will Fuller (personal) would provide more competition for targets if he makes his return in Week 3 against the Raiders, and Miami's entire offense will be tough to trust if Tua remains sidelined.

Sep 19, 2021 3:25 PM EST

Key role to continue in Week 2

Parker and Jaylen Waddle are in line to continue to serve as Miami's top wide receivers Sunday against the Bills, Kevin Patra of reports.

Analysis: Will Fuller, who was expected to return to the team's lineup this weekend, won't be available for Sunday's contest due to a personal matter. In Week 1, Parker recorded a 4-81-0 stat line on a team-high seven targets, while Waddle hauled in four of his five targets for 61 yards and a TD. Both players figure to continue to be key cogs in Miami's passing game in Week 2, with Albert Wilson, Preston Williams, Mack Hollins and Jakeem Grant also candidates to mix in.

Sep 17, 2021 9:37 AM EST

Provides big plays

Parker recorded four receptions on seven targets for 81 yards in Sunday's Week 1 victory over New England.

Analysis: Parker took advantage of the absence of Will Fuller (suspension) to lead the team in both targets and yards. He served as a big-play threat throughout the contest, racking up gains of 30, 23, 15 and 13 yards. Though Parker missed significant portions of training camp, he managed to top 80 receiving yards -- a feat he accomplished only three times in 2020. Though Fuller's return in Week 2 against the Bills will crowd Miami's wide receiver corps, Parker should keep a significant role in the offense.

Sep 12, 2021 6:32 PM EST

Sheds non-contact jersey

Parker (undisclosed) is participating in Tuesday's practice without wearing a red non-contact jersey, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: The Dolphins spent the preseason easing Parker back into practice while he worked through an undisclosed injury, and his return to contact reps represents a significant step forward. Barring any setbacks, it looks like Parker can be considered on track for Sept. 12's season opener in New England. Parker is slated for a key role in Miami's revamped receiving corps, alongside new teammates Jaylen Waddle and Will Fuller (foot), though the latter won't be eligible to suit up until Week 2 due to a suspension.

Aug 31, 2021 9:25 AM EST

Practicing with non-contact jersey

Parker (undisclosed) returned to practice Tuesday but is sporting a red non-contact jersey, Daniel Oyefusi of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: Parker began training camp on the PUP list and has been in and out of practice since being activated. It's encouraging to see him back on the field Tuesday, even if he only handles limited reps, and it remains possible that the Dolphins are simply taking a cautious approach to the oft-injured veteran's health. Fellow starter Will Fuller (foot/suspension) also returned to practice after having missed more than three weeks of on-field activities.

Aug 24, 2021 10:15 AM EST

Expected to sit

Parker (undisclosed) is not expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Falcons.

Analysis: Along with Parker, fellow wideouts Albert Wilson, Will Fuller, Lynn Bowden, Preston Williams and Isaiah Ford are listed as Miami players unlikely to play in the contest. It remains to be seen if Parker will suit up for the team's preseason finale, but it wouldn't surprise us if the team plays it safe with a number of its key skill players such as him next week, with an eye toward Week 1.

Aug 21, 2021 2:48 PM EST

Misses practice

Parker (undisclosed) didn't practice Tuesday, but Dolphins coach Brian Flores said all the team's injured wide receivers are "getting closer" to returns, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Flores was also referring to Will Fuller (foot) and Albert Wilson (undisclosed), plus the Dolphins still have Preston Williams (foot) on PUP and Allen Hurns (wrist) headed for IR. Parker started camp on the PUP list with an unspecified soft-tissue injury, before returning Aug. 2 and ramping up his workload over the following week. He's now missed a few more practices, with no update on whether it's the same injury as before. The Dolphins haven't given any indication it's serious, but Parker does have a noteworthy history of hamstring issues to consider.

Aug 17, 2021 10:00 AM EST

Held out Saturday

Parker will not play in Saturday's preseason game against Chicago.

Analysis: Given his experience and injury history, Parker might've been held out of the preseason opener even if he'd been enjoying a healthy training camp. In reality, he's been in and out of practice the past couple weeks, with the Dolphins seemingly limiting his workload to avoid any issues with the unspecified soft-tissue injury that landed him on the PUP list in late July. The Dolphins are down four wide receivers for Saturday's game, with Parker joined by Will Fuller (foot), Albert Wilson (undisclosed) and Allen Hurns.

Aug 14, 2021 8:46 AM EST

Increasing practice workload

Parker has progressively increased his involvement in practice, including a busy session Saturday when he caught a bunch of passes from quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in 11-on-11s, Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Parker was removed from the PUP list last Monday after missing the first week of camp with an unspecified soft-issue injury. The Dolphins have a deep group at wideout this year, so while Parker's starting job may be safe, it is possible he rotates off the field a bit more often than in past years. He played 84 and 78 percent of Miami's snaps in his active games the past two seasons, despite making an early exit due to injury on three separate occasions. It sounds like Parkers has avoided setbacks while working his way back from the recent issue.

Aug 9, 2021 8:47 AM EST

Activated from PUP

The Dolphins removed Parker (undisclosed) from the PUP list Monday, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Reports suggest Parker is bothered by a minor soft-tissue injury, with his history of hamstring issues perhaps encouraging the Dolphins to be cautious. His ability to avoid those nagging injuries remains uncertain, but Parker should at least have plenty of time to prepare for Week 1, now battling for targets with the likes of Will Fuller (suspension) and Jaylen Waddle.

Aug 2, 2021 8:02 AM EST

Dealing with soft tissue injury

Parker (undisclosed) is recovering from a soft tissue injury that will need some rest so as to not become chronic, Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: The injury reportedly isn't considered serious, but the timing was suboptimal with Parker hurting himself during a workout right before training camp. It'll be especially worrisome if this is a hamstring injury, as he's struggled with those through much of his career, including last season. The Dolphins placed Parker on the PUP list Wednesday, and neither player nor team has provided any information on the injury or a possible timeline. The Dolphins also have Will Fuller (undisclosed) and Preston Williams (foot) missing from practice, while rookie first-rounder Jaylen Waddle has managed to stay on the field.

Jul 30, 2021 12:18 PM EST

Surprise addition to PUP list

The Dolphins placed Parker on the PUP list Wednesday, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: No injury or surgery was reported this offseason, with Parker's main concern being target/snap competition after the Dolphins signed Will Fuller and drafted Jaylen Waddle. Quarterback play is also a major issue, though the improved group of pass catchers should help Tua Tagovailoa look more comfortable than he did last season. While the specifics of Parker's current injury haven't been revealed, he does have a history of hamstring issues, including frequent appearances on practice reports last year. He did manage to play 14 games, albeit with the hamstring issues limiting his workload in at least two of those.

Jul 28, 2021 7:28 AM EST

Could maintain No. 1 role?

Parker may still be the Dolphins' No. 1 receiver, even after the team added veteran Will Fuller and sixth overall pick Jaylen Waddle, Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: It's far from a sure thing, considering Fuller had more yards (879) and touchdowns (eight) last season, despite being suspended the final five weeks. Granted, Fuller was playing with Deshaun Watson while Parker caught passes from Tua Tagovailoa and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Both wideouts now face QB uncertainty, and the Miami offensive line is another big question mark. On the other hand, the Dolphins now have a promising group of pass catchers, with Parker, Fuller and Waddle joined by TE Mike Gesicki and depth wide receivers Preston Williams, Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant, Allen Hurns and Lynn Bowden.

Jul 1, 2021 5:39 AM EST

Tops 100 yards in season-ending L

Parker (hamstring) caught seven of 14 targets for 116 yards in Sunday's 56-26 loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: Parker was inundated with targets as the Dolphins desperately tried to erase a large second-half deficit, only to watch it keep ballooning, even with backup quarterback Matt Barkley under center for the Bills. After setting career highs across the board with 72 catches for 1,202 yards and nine targets last season, Parker took a step back with just 63 catches for 793 yards and four touchdowns this year. He remains the top option in Miami's passing game heading into next season, but Parker's hopes of playing in the postseason were likely dashed with this loss.

Jan 3, 2021 2:16 PM EST

Suiting up Week 17

Parker (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Bills.

Analysis: After his hamstring injury sidelined him for the past two games, Parker received the green light for the regular-season finale. However, since Parker was a limited participant in practices Wednesday through Friday, he'll likely be playing at less than 100 percent in the Week 17 matchup. Expect Parker to at least serve as one of the Dolphins' starting receivers, though his snap count could be monitored more than usual if his hamstring is inhibiting him during the contest.

Jan 3, 2021 8:39 AM EST

Listed as questionable

Parker (hamstring) remained limited at practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: The same applies to Jakeem Grant (hamstring), with the duo's Week 17 status set to be confirmed prior the first wave of kickoffs Sunday, with Miami facing Buffalo at 1:00 ET. While Grant suited up in Week 16, Parker has missed two straight games and should be viewed as a game-time decision for a contest in which a win would secure a playoff spot for the Dolphins. On the plus side, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post relays that Parker "looked to be running well" during the open portion of Friday's practice.

Jan 1, 2021 10:13 AM EST

Limited practice Wednesday

Parker (hamstring) logged a limited practice Wednesday, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Parker has missed Miami's last two games with his hamstring injury, but his ability to practice Wednesday -- albeit in a limited capacity -- offers hope that he could return to action Sunday against the Bills. That said, Parker was also listed as a limited practice participant last week before ultimately being made inactive this past Saturday against the Raiders.

Dec 30, 2020 12:28 PM EST

Present at Wednesday's practice

Parker (hamstring) is practicing Wednesday, Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Parker has sat out back-to-back games due to a lingering hamstring injury, and it would seem that his absence significantly impacted Tua Tagovalioa's effectiveness through the air during last weekend's narrow win over the Raiders. The 27-year-old will work to retake the field for Sunday's key divisional matchup in Buffalo.

Dec 30, 2020 10:03 AM EST

Sitting out again Saturday

Parker (hamstring) is inactive for Saturday's contest in Las Vegas.

Analysis: For a second straight week, the Dolphins took the decision about Parker's availability down to the wire, and on both occasions he took a seat. Meanwhile, Miami will welcome back Jakeem Grant (hamstring) and Mike Gesicki (shoulder), giving Tua Tagovailoa nearly his full allotment of weapons in the passing game.

Dec 26, 2020 3:50 PM EST

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