DeVante Parker shares Dolphins’ expectations for a big 2017 season

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Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said earlier this month that the team is “seeing what we wanted to see out of” wide receiver DeVante Parker and that they are expecting a “gigantic year” out of the wideout in 2017.

Parker said Friday that he shares those expectations. He said he is “expecting a big season” in his third year with Miami.

Parker’s first two seasons have seen flashes of the play that made him a first-round pick mitigated by a series of nagging injuries to his lower body that have kept him from playing in just three games while limiting his contributions in several others. Parker said he’s tired of dealing with those issues and changed his offseason work to combat a recurrence.

“I’m just really focused on legwork, leg workouts mainly,” Parker said, via the Miami Herald. “I still do upper body, but I want to do legs to get my hamstrings right for this season.”

The presence of Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills at receiver and a run game led by Jay Ajayi may put a cap on just how much the ball finds its way into Parker’s hands during the 2017 season. If his body remains sound, though, the results of those touches might be enough to meet the goals he and the team have set for the year.

21 responses to “DeVante Parker shares Dolphins’ expectations for a big 2017 season

  1. I see a step back. I like the coach and the direction they’re taking. They benefited from an easy schedule and made a poor showing in the playoffs. Somebody had to be the last team in. Often there’s a little step back in the 2nd yr of a new HC’s tenure. I don’t see the playoffs for them this yr.

  2. MichaelEdits says:
    May 19, 2017 11:58 AM
    It’s easy to praise your team when it won’t be playing for another four months.
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    You’re right it is but that isn’t what this article is about.
    Neither Christensen’s or Parker’s statements are about talking up the team, they are talking about Parker having the type of year he should. From this fan’s standpoint the Phins do face a much tougher schedule this year but they should also be a better team this season and have more of an understanding of what Gase expects from them. A double digit win total isn’t an unrealistic goal but against that schedule 8-8 would be acceptable as long as there’s continued growth, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Rome wasn’t built in a day, as a long time fan it just feels good to know the Phins are finally moving forward in lockstep.

  3. jag1959 says:
    May 19, 2017 12:44 PM
    MichaelEdits says:
    May 19, 2017 11:58 AM
    It’s easy to praise your team when it won’t be playing for another four months.
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    You’re right it is but that isn’t what this article is about.
    Neither Christensen’s or Parker’s statements are about talking up the team, they are talking about Parker having the type of year he should. From this fan’s standpoint the Phins do face a much tougher schedule this year but they should also be a better team this season and have more of an understanding of what Gase expects from them. A double digit win total isn’t an unrealistic goal but against that schedule 8-8 would be acceptable as long as there’s continued growth, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Rome wasn’t built in a day, as a long time fan it just feels good to know the Phins are finally moving forward in lockstep. Dysfunctional teams suck life out of the league.
    The game is better when there’s more good teams amping up the compete level, any fan of the game wants to see competition in every division. One of the things I enjoy most about the NFL is with only 16 games it’s easy to enjoy the competition across the league not just in the division my favorite team plays in.

  4. Poor showing in the playoffs? Missing your QB, Center, top CB, both Safeties and LB. Yeah, that’s probably going to happen.

  5. Parker has lacked the most important skill… availability. He came into the league not knowing how to feed himself correctly. Not knowing how to care for his body as a professional. And now 3 years in, he has the nerve to even comment on his expectations? Just go out and do it.

    The FinHeaven chattering class love to win in the off-season. I just want some growth. Maybe Parker does his share, maybe he doesn’t. History doesn’t look good for Parker. I as a Phin fan hope that offensive line holds up this year….

  6. Dolphins start off the season with a winnable schedule but the last 8 games of the season are BRUTAL ( @ Ravens, vs. Raiders, @ Panthers, @ Patriots, vs. Broncos, vs. Patriots, @ Bills, @ Chiefs, vs. Bills).

    They’ve added pieces and depth to make themselves a more competitive team in 2017 but health and the emergence of a lot of the young guys (like Parker) will determine if they go 6-10 or 10-6 this season.

  7. Don’t forget they’re beating the Patriots twice according to Jarvis Landry

  8. losingisnotanoption says:
    May 19, 2017 12:15 PM
    Off season Super Bowl winner!!
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    Miami didn’t even make any big splashes in free agency like that this off-season, but okay.

    Sometimes, you can be a hater, and not even know it.

  9. Parker can do more than Landry does in the slot. He should be given the same opportunity, i.e number of targets. Results will be more TD’s and bigger plays .

  10. Dolphins fans have officially taken the title of “most sensitive to criticism”. Sorry Minnesota.

    Also, if you don’t want to viewed as a non-contender then you have to win. It’s not rocket surgery.

  11. Buccaneers, @Chargers, @Jets, Saints, Titans, Jets, @Panthers, Broncos, @Bills, Bills.
    There is 10 without beating the Pats once.

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