The day after DeVante Parker hurt his back, the second-year wide receiver went to Dolphins coaches and insisted that he wouldn’t miss a game.
He was a man of his word. Parker suited up and played against the Ravens. He caught three passes Sunday, including the Dolphins’ only touchdown.
“It felt like the guys were trying to return and get back out there and help us,” Dolphins coach Adam Gase said. “I really felt like that was going to give us a spark.”
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It did not. The Ravens beat the Dolphins 38-6 Sunday, in large part because Baltimore cashed in on its scoring opportunities and Miami largely whiffed on its.
Parker wasn’t blameless. Ryan Tannehill threw a perfect end-zone pass that was in Parker’s hands. But Ravens corner Lardarius Webb ripped it from his grasp and came down with a remarkable touchdown.
Parker declined a request to speak with reporters post-game, but Gase mildly called out his receiver to reporters over that play.
“He threw a good ball to DeVante, and that’s one that you hope that our guy brings down,” Gase said. “Thought he had it there for a second, and the guy took it away from him.”