Parker is entering his third NFL season. After snagging 26 catches for 494 yards and three scores in his rookie season, he had 56 catches for 744 yards and four scores in 15 games last season.
“I love competing against DeVante,” Howard said Sunday. “I feel like he can be the best receiver in this league, and I want to go against the best every day.”
Dolphins coaches have touted Parker’s maturity this offseason, saying that he has more consistency in his route running. He is also eating right and showing up on time.
On Sunday, tight end Julius Thomas also compared Parker to Thomas. Thomas played for the Denver Broncos from 2011 through 2014. During that time, Gase served as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. Demaryius was also on the team during that stretch.
“[Parker is] 6-foot-3, fast as [expletive], yeah I can see why you would liken those two,” Thomas said. “But DeVante is having a good camp. He’s an amazing athlete and we are going to depend on him big time to make big plays for us this season.”
While coaches have maintained the same mantra about how Parker has improved in a professional aspect, Howard pointed at something more specific.
“He’s more consistent in his routes,” Howard said. “His releases…That’s my main goal, try to get my hands on receivers and his releases are quick. It’s hard to get my hands…
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