The Sky is the Limit for DeVante Parker
Sportbook.ag set the season receiving yards prop for DeVante Parker at 1050.5 for the 2020 season. Vegas has both the Over and Under at -115. I’m confidently taking the Over for this prop. DeVante Parker will get his volume no matter if FitzMagic is still leading the ‘Phins or if Tagovailoa takes over the job at some time during the season.
DeVante Parker Brought his A-Game in 2019
Over his first four years, Parker averaged 13 games, 70 targets, just under 41 catches, 554 yards, two touchdowns a year while maintaining a 56.72 catch percentage. Those are respectable numbers but not for a receiver drafted in the first round by the Dolphins. Especially not for a wide-out that technically is WR1 for the Dolphins since Jarvis Landry departed.
In 2019, DeVante Parker finally put out the production everyone expected from his skillset. He was targeted 128 times catching 72 of them for a 56.3 catch percentage. Having so many opportunities allowed Parker to scamper for 1202 yards and found the end zone nine times. Finally, Parker returned some value for his high draft position coming into the NFL.
Injection of Youth Helps Parker
Going into the 2020 season, the Dolphins drafted Tua Tagovailoa to bring some more electricity to the Miami offense. Miami has not made it known if Tua or Ryan Fitzpatrick will be behind center, but it doesn’t matter. Parker enjoyed his best year with Fitzpatrick taking the snaps, but Tua knows how to utilize top receiving threats. Tua’s last prime target was Jerry Jeudy at Alabama, and he was a first-round pick. Whether through chemistry or being leaned on by a rookie quarterback, Parker will be targeted by both.
Preston Williams will continue to breakout for Miami. But that still does not threaten DeVante Parker’s production. There are more than enough opportunities go around Miami and there are only three or four legitimate targets. None of them stand above Parker. Williams is still learning the number two role in Miami and if anything his continued emergence will make opposing defenses think twice about double coverage.
There is just a proliferation of opportunities for the ball to be in the air in the NFL now. Miami’s personnel is young and budding right now with Parker and Williams on the outside and Gesicki leading the tight end room. But Parker will be the alpha dog for years to come, jump on his production for the Over at -115.