How long ago was DeVante Parker’s last touchdown catch?
So long ago that Jay Cutler threw it.
In the second week of the NFL season.
Since then, Parker appeared in 17 consecutive games without a score.
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He snapped that inauspicious streak Sunday, reeling in a 18-yard strike from Ryan Tannehill on the first drive of the game.
The Bills played zone defense, and Parker weaved through three defenders before high-pointing a perfectly thrown ball by Tannehill.
“It was just a little post route,” Parker said. “Got my depth and Tanny threw it where it needed to be. I just went and got it.”
For Parker, it was a moment of joy in a season with too few of them. Sunday was just the fifth start of Parker’s season, which has been hampered by injuries to his finger, shoulder and quadriceps.
But the Dolphins never lost faith, and didn’t try to actively trade him at the deadline. It’s a good thing they didn’t.
They probably would not have won Sunday without his four catches for 43 yards.
“I wasn’t even trying to show nobody,” Parker said. “I know what I can do. Just make the most of every opportunity you get.”
Parker needed to play a big role with Danny Amendola out due to a knee injury. Plus with Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant out for the season, Parker and Kenny Stills were the only opening day receivers available to the Dolphins Sunday.
“It was a big-time catch,” Tannehill said. “It was a great call. We got the coverage we were expecting there. I got hit as I was making the throw so I didn’t get to put as much velocity on it. I kind of adjusted it as I was throwing it. DeVante did what we expected him to do: go up and make a big-time play for us.
Tannehill added: “Excited to see what he can do there. Obviously, we have seen that from before, but great to see him make that play.”