Wide receiver DeVante Parker was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the 2015 NFL Draft to help improve the efficiency of the red-zone attack, but Ryan Tannehill may not be able to call on the Parker in Week 1 against the Washington Redskins.
DeVANTE PARKER revision 5th metatarsal fracture surgery w/ new screw. Good chance wk 1 but will miss significant practice/training camp reps
— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) June 5, 2015
The rookie felt a pain in his foot, and the Dolphins and Parker agreed to take care of this issue now. With Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills, Greg Jennings and Jordan Cameron in the passing attack, Tannehill should survive.
Still, Parker will miss time to build rapport with his quarterback and teammate. While he may read the playbook on the sidelines, I think he would much rather be out there running routes.
In the short term, I think Cameron receives a huge boost in value because of this. Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor’s goal is to improve the efficiency of the offense inside the 20-yard line, and the 6-foot-5 tight end will help turn third downs into touchdowns. I’m looking way too far ahead into daily fantasy football without reviewing the Redskins’ defense for 2015, but in 2014, Washington allowed an average of 10.4 points to tight ends in PPR leagues per game.
Parker’s time away does scare me because he won’t have the benefit of training camp, but young receivers are coming out of the gate swinging. It may take him a few games to work his way into the offense, but the 6-foot-3 receiver will be a prime target for Tannehill in the end zone when he does insert himself.
I’d find assurance if there was an exact timetable for Parker’s return, but Fantasy players will just have to monitor the situation as it develops.
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