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Dolphins WR Parker elevating in eyes of Gase
| 2 weeks ago

The Miami Dolphins have a gaping void in their wide receiving corps following the trade of Jarvis Landry to Cleveland two months ago.

Miami will have to find a way to replace the staggering production of Landry, who amassed 400 receptions in his four seasons with the Dolphins, including an NFL-leading 112 in 2017.

The obvious leading candidate to fill the shoes of Landry is former first-round pick DeVante Parker, who has had a pair of solid but unspectacular seasons in 2016 and 2017.

The expectations remain high for Parker, the No. 14 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft who had a career-best 57 receptions last season after hauling in 56 catches in 2016.

If the offseason workouts are any indication, Dolphins head coach Adam Gase believes the 25-year-old Parker is on his way to taking over the mantle of a No. 1 wideout.

"He's done a great job so far this offseason," Gase said on a team podcast, per the Palm Beach Post. "He's really been one of the guys that has tried to do things on his own. He doesn't need someone to hold his hand and take him here and say eat like this and do this. He's doing things on his own. And that comes with maturity, too. He was drafted young. And he's been doing it now."

Miami had similar hopes that Parker would have a breakout season in 2017 but his yards per catch (11.8) went down and he found the end zone only once after scoring four times in 2016.

Gase said Parker was held back by injuries, noting that the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder was ascending until a high-ankle sprain caused him to level off.

"You're not working in a phone booth. You have to be able to move," said Gase. "You have to be able to defend yourself. You have to be able to jump. Accelerate. And it's a tough one to come back from. And I'll say this. He proved it to me the year before when he had the back (injury). He'll play through pain."

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