The 2020 season for Dolphins extensive receiver DeVante Parker was not fairly the encore he was looking for — he regressed in just about every single key statistic in a significant way. His receptions? Down. Yardage? Down. Touchdowns? Also down much more than halved just after logging 9 scores in his breakout 2019 year. And with the additions of several other receivers to the roster, it is fair to request no matter whether or not Parker has noticed his primary window of prospect with Miami wither away.
Following all, Parker didn’t essentially showcase wonderful chemistry with youthful quarterback Tua Tagovailoa down the extend although that was admittedly much more of a Tagovailoa-rooted problem (or probably a “growing pain”) than the fault of Parker. Tagovailoa seemed hesitant at moments to check tight home windows and possibility a expensive turnover — which immediately conflicted with Parker’s peak enjoy. But then once more, Parker also fought harm down the extend (once again), after yet again fueling speculation about his extensive-term trustworthiness.
But even with Jaylen Waddle and Will Fuller added to the blend, we’d be sensible to not count Parker out just yet. Mainly because in spite of his regression in lots of places, he was however a participant who been given a huge bulk of Miami’s passing targets in the conclusion zone previous time.
How a lot is a “massive bulk”?
Only 3 players observed a better percentage of their team’s conclude zone targets than Parker previous year: Adam Thielen, DJ Moore and Davante Adams.
2020 Leaders in Close Zone Goal Share — (Run by @FTNData)
Adam Thielen (51.3%)
D.J. Moore (37.5%)
Davante Adams (36.6%)
DeVante Parker (35.1%)
Logan Thomas (34.8%)
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Waddle figures to thrive in the middle of the subject and from the slot, but the purple zone will get congested in the center as the subject tightens. And even though Fuller is a dynamic route runner, he is a area stretcher at his main. So that leaves TE Mike Gesicki and Parker as the two prime-end major bodied targets in the passing sport to glimpse for in restricted spaces. And the subject doesn’t get any tighter than in the lower crimson zone and the conclude zone. If Parker can command 35.1% of targets in the end zone with Gesicki in the picture final year, a single would feel his targets there will nevertheless be the place he sees the most action.
And the legislation of averages suggests that if he gets that number of targets again, he’ll find shell out dust more than the paltry four occasions he scored in 2020.