DeVante Parker admits his career hasn’t gone to plan

AP

DeVante Parker downplayed his public spat with former Dolphins receiver Chris Chambers. Parker disagrees with Chambers’ assessment of his work ethic and maturity, but he agrees his career hasn’t been what anyone expected after the Dolphins made him the 14th overall pick in 2015.

Not where I wanted to be,” Parker said, via Shandel Richardson of the Sun-Sentinel. “Just simple as that.”

Injuries have slowed Parker’s development, forcing him to miss five regular-season games and three preseason games. He sat out three games last season with a sprained ankle.

“Injury-prone” is one of many labels Parker hopes to shed this season.

“Just stay healthy,” Parker said. “And if I’m not healthy, fight through it.”

Chambers suggested Parker was lacking “hard work, dedication and technique” in a recent Miami Herald story. After Chambers, who trains NFL players at his fitness center in Davie, Florida, listed Parker as the third-best receiver on the team’s roster, Parker responded by tweeting, “Nobody cares about his opinion.”

“I do everything that the coaches tell me to do,” Parker said. “I just listen to what they say and they tell me what I need to do. . . . I come up here and just work hard every day. They tell me what I need to work on.”

The Dolphins continue to wait on Parker to break out. He has never had more than 57 catches, 744 yards and four touchdowns in a season.

“I’ve been really impressed since I’ve got here with his work ethic,” offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said. “The guy has spent a ton of time here in the offseason. . . . He seems like a very professional guy that is trying to get better every day.”

8 responses to “DeVante Parker admits his career hasn’t gone to plan

  1. Doing what your coaches say isn’t enough to validate being drafted in the first round. Parker needs to put in the work similar to Jakeem Grant who ironically may be the receiver who pushes Parker further down the depth chart.

  2. He’s made some spectacular catches that show why he was a first Rd pick, unfortunately he’s lacked that drive needed to be great. If he could put it all together, he could be mentioned up there with some of the best.

  3. “I come up here and just work hard every day. They tell me what I need to work on.”

    “I’ve been really impressed since I’ve got here with his work ethic,” offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said.

    Well, it sounds like the guy is putting in the work.

    If he’s putting in the work, but he’s not able to produce, the answer may be as simple as he just isn’t any good… he has never had more than 57 catches, 744 yards and four touchdowns in a season.

    Sounds like a JAG… as in Just Another Guy.

  4. Um, I don’t know but here’s a thought seeing as you’re not where you wanted to be. Maybe in addition to doing whatever the coaches tell you to do try adding a training regimen of your own. Perhaps include working with former NFL wideouts who know the nuances of the position and what physical strengths and attributes might help one excel at the NFL level. If you’re not happy with where you’re at then shake things up and try something different.

  5. One of the players as to why NFL teams won’t be drafting wide receivers in the first found. Too many busts at wide receivers….Kevin White, Laquan Treadwell, Mike Williams, etc.

  6. Devante…here’s a tip…when the QB throws the ball up in the air…..FIGHT FOR IT….if it looks like it might be intercepted…..DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Wake up out there, cause it looks like half the time your head is in the clouds. Year three was supposed to be your year….it got screwed up with the Tannehill ACL / Cutler debacle…..make THIS YEAR your year three…..prove it.

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