Miami offense can get by without DeVante Parker

Miami has quietly put together one of the NFL's better receiving corps -- and that's even before first-rounder DeVante Parker returns from injury.

| 1 year ago
(AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

(AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Miami offense can get by without DeVante Parker

It’s still unclear when Dolphins’ first-round rookie DeVante Parker will return to the field following his June foot surgery, but the good news for Miami is that it should have an upgraded receiving corps this season even before Parker finally makes his return.

The drafting of Jarvis Landry a year ago and the offseason acquisitions of Greg Jennings and Kenny Stills make Parker something of a bonus, despite the expectation that he’ll become the Dolphins’ No. 1 wide receiver at some point during the 2015 season.

Jennings arrives after two seasons in Minnesota that many would label a disappointment, but he actually graded very similarly in our system to how he did his final year in Green Bay – the difference in his production had much more to do with the guys throwing to him on those two teams. Aaron Rodgers is the best QB in the game, while Vikings quarterbacks had a QB rating of 101.6 when throwing to him last year, which was 29th in the league. He can be a solid performer for Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill this season.

Kenny Stills arrives as a direct replacement as a deep threat for Mike Wallace, and he should be a good fit. Only 12 wide receivers racked up more yards on passes 20 yards or more downfield than he did with the Saints last season. Stills should help open things up for the Dolphins offense, especially with arguably their best receiver in the slot.

That would be Landry. Only four wide receivers had more receiving yards from the slot than his 623, and he added four touchdowns while recording the ninth-best drop rate among NFL WRs as a rookie.

Getting Parker into the fold as soon as possible will be huge for the Dolphins, but they have the receivers to get by until he’s ready – and one of the more quietly effective receiving corps in the league.

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  • Phins Watch 2015

    Parker will eventually take over because of his redzone presence. Along with Jordan Cameron, DeVante Parker will provide several mis-matches…something that Tanne hasn’t had in years prior. They could’ve used a WR w/ a catch radius like Parker against Detroit last year.

    • Dudeman2020

      I love the Parker pick but I pray that he is not rushed back. Consider just how important it is that his foot be truly healed.

  • Brit

    Jarvis Landry is easily the most underrated WR in the NFL. The guy was drawing double teams the entire second half of the season as a rookie and still pulled in 84 catches.

  • David Stinnett

    I’m baffled that Kenny Stills seems not to exist in most minds. He lacks nothing. Do not mistake his deep threat role in New Orleans as a limitation- and his catch % is insane.