Praise popped up for Dolphins WR DeVante Parker on Twitter throughout the team’s practice session. Afterward, quarterback Ryan Tannehill added his two cents.
“DeVante was great today,” Tannehill said, via the team’s official website. “We’ve been seeing [it] for the past few weeks just working on air, but today against the defense you got to see him make some tough catches with defenders on his back in traffic, and that’s what you want to see. You’ve got a guy with a big body who’s able to make strong catches with his hands in traffic. That’s when you’re able to cut it loose.”
Via Omar Kelly and Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Parker was “catching everything thrown his way,” and he was “impressive” against veteran defenders like cornerback Brent Grimes.
Parker still has a long way to go before he’s making those plays in pads against full contact, and an even longer way to go before getting it done in games against guys like Darrelle Revis. But at a time when this is the closest thing to football we’ve seen since football season ended, it’s encouraging for Dolphins fans that they may have used the 14th overall pick in the draft on a player who is poised to become a difference maker
Tis the season for puff pieces about how well draft picks are playing at OTAs, but the love for Parker seems universal and genuine. He has to beat out Kenny Stills for a starting role in Bill Lazor's offense, and he's off to a good start.