DeVante Parker expected to start practicing next week

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The Dolphins activated wide receiver DeVante Parker from the physically unable to perform list a week ago, which meant the first-round pick became eligible to begin practicing with the team for the first time since offseason foot surgery.

Parker hasn’t actually started practicing, though. While Parker dressed for Wednesday’s practice and has resumed running, rehab continued to be the only work on his plate. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that is expected to change next week.

Parker is expected to join practice on at least a limited basis with an eye on being in the lineup when the regular season gets underway. Being in the lineup is one thing, but will Parker be able to contribute after so little time on the field since being drafted?

“That’s the plan, but you never know,” Parker said, via the Herald.

It’s an ambitious plan given Parker’s injury and inactivity, but a growing role in the offense over the first weeks of the season seems like a realistic trajectory for Parker to take as he acclimates himself after the layoff.

9 responses to “DeVante Parker expected to start practicing next week

  1. Excited to see him play but they need to be sure he is healthy. If he needs to miss a week or two to ensure he remains healthy for the rest of the season, so be it. They have depth at WR this year with Landry, Stills, Jennings and Matthews all doing well. The front part of the schedule is easier than the back half. That is when guys like Parker and Albert will be needed. Rest them until they are good to go.

  2. I must say Im a lil disappointed so far with the 2015 draft class. At this point we still don’t know what the two biggest offensive rookie can do in a game situation due to injuries. OG Jamil Douglas doesn’t look too good in preseason. The DB drafted are all backups at best. The only bright spot is the big DT Jordan Phillips and he even looks like he has a long way to go before he can be a real force in the NFL.

  3. Dissapointed? It’s hard to be dissapointed when your entire draft class is expected to make the 53 man roster. Parker will be a stud there’s no doubt about that. Douglas has been good in training camp. Our line has been better than expected so don’t mess with it until Albert gets back. DL is one of our deepest positions so how could anyone expect Phillips to even sniff a starting position. All these players will provide much needed depth and gain needed experience to compete in next years camp. I am very pleased so far.

  4. Take your time Miami, let him heal.
    A players desire to play will always blind you to the fact that his body isn’t as physically ready.
    See Louis Delmas.

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