The 2015 first-round draft pick will miss the preseason finale with a hamstring injury.
It may be Adam Gase’s first season as head coach of the Dolphins, but he’s already frustrated with DeVante Parker. Specifically, it’s the 23-year-old’s inability to stay healthy that’s bothering Gase.
Injuries often are a matter of luck, but as Adam H. Beasley reports for the Miami Herald, Gase thinks Parker could do more to get on the field and stay there. He suggests there’s an issue with the way the talented wideout is preparing, adding that Parker might be able to play through some of the things that have kept him sideline.
“Sometimes it takes some guys more time to learn more than others. Eventually you get tired of being the guy standing on the sideline. I do think he’s a little frustrated. He’s been the odd man out all the time. Eventually… he will know how to push through certain kinds of pain.”
Gase compared it to a situation he had as offensive coordinator for the Broncos with Demaryius Thomas. Whatever changes Thomas made must’ve worked, because he’s a three-time Pro Bowler now.
“We’re going to keep strengthening him up,” Gase said. “I feel like I’ve been through this with Demaryius [Thomas] in Denver. Felt like he was always hurt. One thing after the other.
Beasley notes that Parker is slipping down the depth chart, with Kenny Stills likely ahead of him now. That’s a huge disappointment considering he was the 14th-overall pick last year.
Parker finished last season with 26 catches for 494 yards and three touchdowns, and the Dolphins are hoping for more. Of course, he’s not going to catch many passes if he’s sitting in the trainer’s room.