DeVante Parker doesn’t relish speaking to reporters, but if you get him in the right mood, he can be downright funny.
Asked Wednesday about his first game in the NFL, Parker gave a sly grin before responding:
“It was exciting.”
Teammates to the left of his locker got the joke immediately.
The punchline: Parker logged a grand total of one snap against the Redskins.
“I expected a little bit more than one play,” Parker later acknowledged. “[But] I’m fine with one. I just want to wait for the right time to get me out there.”
Parker met rehab expectations by playing in Week 1, just three months after undergoing surgery to replace a screw in his foot.
And the Dolphins all along were going to ease him into the rotation. But most anticipated that their package of plays would have been more than one snap on Sunday.
Bill Lazor, the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator, said Parker’s tiny role was in a part a function of the flow of the game. The Dolphins had just 55 plays from scrimmage, and all but one was while the game’s outcome was unknown.
Parker said that his week of practice leading up to the Redskins game “went pretty well.”
But he did concede: “I just wasn’t comfortable with doing certain things. I think my foot has done better every week. This week, I look forward to doing different things.”
A week before the start of free agency, Mike Tannenbaum said on national radio that Jared Odrick and Charles Clay were the two Dolphins free agents he most wanted to retain.
The Dolphins made a good-faith effort with Clay; they slapped him with the transition tag but ultimately did not match the long-term offer made by the Bills.
As for Odrick, who signed with the Jaguars early in free agency:
“I didn’t hear anything,” Odrick said. “It’s always funny when you have the coaching staff telling you about coming back and there’s a few coaches that said, ‘I’m fighting for you or I’m going to bat for you when the time comes,’ but as far as the organization or anybody else that were making decisions about personnel, nobody contacted me whatsoever.
Odrick, who faces his old team Sunday in Jacksonville, said he wasn’t surprised about Miami’s lack of interest after the rumors emerged of Ndamukong Suh signing with the Dolphins.
ODDS AND ENDS
▪ The NFL on Wednesday named Jarvis Landry the AFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week. Landry had a game-winning, 69-yard punt return for a touchdown on Sunday.
“It means everything to have the opportunity to have your performance highlighted,” Landry said. “But I think, for me, personally, it’s about the guys that made it all possible.”
▪ Defensive end Olivier Vernon practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday after leaving Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. Replay showed that Vernon was a victim of a leg whip from Redskins wide receiver Andre Roberts.
“A leg whip is a leg whip, but life goes on,” Vernon said, who felt fortunate the injury wasn’t more serious. “That’s why I’m not all [fired] up about it. It could have been worse. It could have been the knee. I’m just glad I’m able to walk around.”
▪ Reshad Jones’ injured hamstring might be more serious than originally thought. Jones sat out practice Wednesday. Dion Sims (concussion) and Derrick Shelby (who suffered a black eye in the Redskins game) also did not practice. Cameron Wake (hamstring) was limited in his participation.
▪ Raheem Mostert, the rookie running back signed by the Dolphins on Tuesday, spelled out his role Wednesday: “I’ll be returning kicks.”