Parker brought in four of nine targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Buccaneers.
The speedy receiver played a clear second fiddle to position mates Kenny Stills and Jarvis Landry, who both excelled in the downfield passing attack against the Buccaneers. While Stills brought in passes of 45 and 61 yards and Landry tallied a 49-yard reception, Parker's longest catch of the day went for a modest 17 yards. However, he does encouragingly continue to see a robust target volume, with Sunday's nine looks bringing his three-game total to 25 in that category. He'll look to get his numbers back up against the Patriots in Week 12.
Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said Thursday that he believes Parker can return to the level of performance he had flashed in training camp, Alain Poupart of the Dolphins' official site reports. "We've got to get right back to where he was in training camp. He looked like a guy who wanted to be great. I haven't changed my opinion that he can be a guy who can be a great player."
A sprained ankle derailed the first half of Parker's third NFL campaign and cost him nearly four full games, but with appearances over the last two weeks, the wideout seems to be gradually getting back to full speed. Even though he hasn't quite met Christensen's lofty expectations, Parker has still been reasonably productive in his two games back from the injury, reeling in 11 of 17 targets for 142 yards, including a pair of 20-plus-yard gains. As the sprained ankle recedes further in the rear-view mirror, Parker could make an even greater impact for the Dolphins as a downfield threat, making him a high-upside fantasy option in the second half of the campaign.
Parker didn't get into the end zone but had another productive game nonetheless. With the Dolphins defense seemingly in meltdown mode, they could be forced to put the ball more in the air than they would like as they finish out the schedule, which could be a boon for Parker and the entire Miami receiver corps.
Parker (ankle) hauled in five of his eight targets for 76 yards in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Raiders.
In his return to action following a three-game absence, the wideout was on the field for 54 of the Dolphins' 67 snaps on offense, while Jarvis Landry logged 66 snaps and Kenny Stills was out there for 65. Included in Parker's five catches Sunday was a highlight-reel grab in the fourth quarter. Assuming the 2015 first-rounder came out of the game without any setbacks, Parker will look to continue building a rapport with QB Jay Cuter in next Monday's road game against the Panthers.
Parker (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday night's game against the Raiders.
Prior to sustaining his ankle injury in the first quarter of Week 5's tilt against the Titans, Parker was off to a good start in 2017, having averaged six catches on nine targets for 76.7 yards over the Dolphins' first three games out of the gate. In his return to action in Week 9, Parker will look rekindle his chemistry with QB Jay Cutler, who is back in action Sunday after missing one game with a rib injury.
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