DeVante Parker will finally have a solid quarterback throwing him the ball for the foreseeable future.
It took a few years, but the Miami Dolphins finally have their quarterback of the future. It was no secret that the Dolphins were infatuated with Alabama southpaw signal caller Tua Tagovailoa dating back to the start of the 2019 calendar year. The good thing is that even though Miami won five games last season, it was still able to select Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.
While all Fins fans are no doubt hyped in South Beach, we guarantee no one is happier than wide receiver DeVante Parker.
DeVante Parker finally broke out last season
The Dolphins drafted Parker in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft with the hopes of him being their top receiver for years to come. It seemed like every year, football analysts would say, “This is the year that Parker will break out!” Unfortunately, that didn’t take place through his first four years in the league.
Plenty of those failed expectations can be attributed to head coach Joe Philbin’s firing midway through his rookie season, the coaching ability of second sideline boss Adam Gase, and the lackluster play from quarterbacks like Ryan Tannehill (pre-Tennessee Titans) and Jay Cutler.
As it turns out, all it took was for Ryan Fitzpatrick for Parker to finally light up the stat sheets! Parker hauled in 78 passes for 1,202 receiving yards and nine touchdowns last year, all career highs for the 27-year-old. Those came on 128 targets, just six of which were dropped by Parker. So while the numbers were good, Parker might’ve increased his season total had he seen some more accurate passes.
Now, Parker gets an immediate upgrade in Tagovailoa, who’s been one of the most precise passers at the collegiate level these past three years. Throughout his time at Tuscaloosa, Tagovailoa threw for 7,442 yards, 87 touchdowns and 11 interceptions all while completing 69.3 percent of his passes.
Those stats are going to make Parker a very happy camper for quite some time. We’re sure the Dolphins will take it easy with Tagovailoa this season, considering he’s coming off a nasty hip injury suffered this past November. But once he’s deemed medically fit to start on a weekly basis, the Tagovailoa-Parker combination will be one of the deadliest offensive duos in the NFL.