Last week was a strange one for DeVante Parker and by strange I mean bad.
First, offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen talked about the Miami Dolphins wide receiver in terms of lacking “the edge that he had coming out of training camp.” Coach Adam Gase followed that up by explaining that sometimes young receivers take a while for everything to come together for them and he’s seen a similar situation when he coached Demaryius Thomas in Denver because it took Thomas a couple of years to get it.
Except Gase said the same exact thing about Parker one year ago. And now it’s a year later. And it’s Parker’s third NFL season. And we’re still waiting.
Then game day came against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And that was a disaster for Parker.
I told you in the previous post that Kenny Stills had a career kind of day that was simply outstanding. Parker had the opposite kind of day.
Parker was second on the team with nine targets because, Jay Cutler likes to throw to him. But Parker rewarded Cutler with only four catches for 26 yards., well
Parker had a ball bounce off his hands and into the hands of a defensive back. Interception.
Parker also tripped as he tried to run a route in the end zone and instead of being there when the football came to him, he was face-planted in the grass. So the Tampa Bay defensive back covering him was thus in position to catch the football instead. Interception.
For the season, Dolphins quarterbacks have a rating of 77.9 while targeting Parker, by comparison,Authentic Steve Largent Jersey, according to ProFootballFocus. Stills, leads the team as Dolphins quarterbacks have a rating of 117.4 when targeting him.
Gase put responsibility on both Parker and Cutler for the first interception — the one that should have been a touchdown.
“I wish his route was a little bit cleaner on the one in the end zone; but I think it’s kind of like one of those things where I wish Jay would have thrown a little bit sooner, but it was pretty close. We had the look we wanted. We’ve got to hook up on that and both of those guys can be a little better on that.”,” Gase said. “It was just probably the look we got in practice wasn’t exactly like that
Highlights from Adam Gase’s Monday news conference:
Jay Cutler is in concussion protocol, but Gase suggested he will be the starter over Matt Moore when healthy.
“Obviously him being in protocol,” Gase said., I don’t know how long it will be
Asked if he will be the starter when healthy, Gase said: “He’s done everything I’ve asked him to do. There’s no reason for me to say he’s not.”
The Dolphins are not saying more about the severity of Cutler’s concussion because the NFL does not want teams giving progress reports for players in the protocol.
Does he need to dress three quarterbacks once Cutler is cleared? Gase wasn’t sure. “You are hoping for the best. It’s a tough position to be in when you get to backup quarterback and don’t have anything behind him.”
Gase said he had no update on guard Jermon Bushrod (foot) and linebacker Stephone Anthony (knee). Both didn’t return to the game after leaving. “Not sure how bad either one of them is,Womens Raekwon McMillan Jersey,” Gase said.
On the 17 penalties: “We want to make sure all of them use the same cadence Jay does. Some of the holding calls is going back to fundamentals. We put emphasis on pre snap stuff. The total number was getting ridiculous. That’s very fixable. All these things are very fixable.”
He's had at least three over the past seven years after suffering one on Sunday in Miami's 30-20 loss to Tampa Bay.
"I want to get to tomorrow first and see how he's feeling,Authentic Richard Sherman Jersey," Dolphins coach Adam Gase said.
Cutler wasn't very effective before the concussion, who started in place of Rey Maualuga - who was arrested early Saturday in a dispute over a bar tab and quickly waived by the Dolphins - to a concussion in the second half.,Womens Cordrea Tankersley Jersey, throwing three first-half interceptions. The Dolphins also lost linebacker Chase Allen
Tampa Bay right guard Evan Smith suffered a concussion as well.
A few running backs also had rough days, and Foreman was driven to the locker room. The crowd chanted "Foreman! Foreman!", getting carted off the field. Houston running back D'Onta Foreman suffered a leg injury after scoring on a 34-yard run against the Cardinals. Texans trainers looked at Foreman for a few minutes before a cart arrived on the field
"It was a bittersweet day, adding that he didn't yet know how serious his injury was.,Womens Arthur Brown Jersey," Foreman said
Washington running back Chris Thompson also got hurt, breaking his right fibula in the third quarter after his leg was caught awkwardly under Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins.
"He's one of the most important players on our offense," Washington coach Jay Gruden said. "We'll just have to obviously make do with the guys we have and we will.",Womens Steve Largent Jersey, especially when you get the ball back and you need him for pass protection routes coming out of the backfield at the end
Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd was carted off after trying to defend a rushing play against Detroit. Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller also got hurt on the play and was bleeding from his left hand.
The Packers lost defensive lineman Kenny Clark, who was taken off on the cart in their game against Baltimore. Clark hurt his ankle trying to tackle Ravens running back Alex Collins. He was the second Green Bay starter to go down after Clay Matthews hurt his groin in the first half.
Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore twisted his left ankle while diving to break up a third-down pass in the end zone in their game against Washington.
Browns wide receiver Sammie Coates sustained an injury to his right knee and ankle in the first quarter of a loss to the Jaguars. Cleveland also lost defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, another blow to a team that can't handle many more injuries., who broke his foot and will miss the remainder of the season
Last week, Browns linebacker Jamie Collins suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Ogbah had been Cleveland's best defensive players in recent week and his loss will put further stress on a unit lacking depth.
"It is rough seeing one of your brothers go down,Womens Russell Wilson Jersey, especially when the tide was definitely turning in your favor, who had a fumble recovery. "He is a main part of that. He is one of the key parts of our defense."," said top pick Myles Garrett
The Bills lost new wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to a right knee injury after a 20-yard catch on their opening drive. Buffalo safety Micah Hyde injured his knee early in the second half.
Double-negative answers to quarterback questions are rarely a good sign, and that’s all Adam Gase could offer Monday.
Jay Cutler’s availability Sunday for the Miami Dolphins at New England is uncertain because he’s in the concussion protocol, he’s still the starter., but if healthy
“There’s no reason for me to say he’s not,” Gase said.
A tepid endorsement is understandable, who have lost four games in a row. Cutler threw three interceptions in Sunday’s home loss against Tampa Bay before he left at halftime because of his injury., giving the direction of the Dolphins (4-6)
Matt Moore threw for 282 yards and a score in the second half. But Moore’s claim for No. 1 consideration was undercut when he started for an injured Cutler three weeks ago at Baltimore and Miami lost 40-0.
The QB issue might be moot this week. Gase said he had no idea whether Cutler is likely to receive medical clearance.
Whoever starts against the Patriots, the Dolphins will be the weekend’s biggest underdogs as they try to end a streak of eight consecutive losses at New England by a combined score of 255-109.
“We can’t worry about who we’re playing,” Gase said. “We’ve got to worry about getting ourselves better.”
The Dolphins faced the Bucs without linebacker Rey Maualuga, waived Saturday hours after his arrest on a misdemeanor battery charge. Undrafted rookie Chase Allen started for Maualuga and didn’t have a tackle.
“Right now we’re playing the guys that are available,” Gase said.
The Dolphins had five turnovers and are a minus-9 in turnover differential this season, one shy of the franchise record., tied for third worst in the NFL. They also committed 17 penalties
“We had a ridiculous amount of lost yardage,” Gase said.
One bit of good news: The Dolphins no longer rank last in scoring. They climbed ahead of winless Cleveland into 31st place at 15.7 points per game.
But with two games looming against the Patriots in a 16-day span, the path to .500 — much less the playoffs — appears daunting., and December games at Buffalo and at Kansas City
“It’ll be a test,” Moore said. “There is no magic potion. You need to come to work, for sure, get better, execute the scheme and move forward, learn the scheme, and that’s it. That’s the only thing we can do. I’ve got faith that these guys will do that.”
With six games left, and they’re on the verge of their longest losing streak since 2011., the Dolphins have already matched last year’s regular-season loss total
If the season can be salvaged, Sunday’s game would be a good place to start.
“The math starts leaning away from you, then obviously it’s more and more urgent.”,” defensive end Cameron Wake said. “If our ultimate goal is to be champions and do things in the postseason
Ryan Fitzpatrick wants no part of a quarterback controversy,Authentic Cordrea Tankersley Jersey, and one surely doesn’t exist in Tampa Bay.
At least, not yet.
Fitzpatrick threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Buccaneers past the Miami Dolphins 30-20 on Sunday.
Fitzpatrick now has as many wins as the Bucs’ starter this season — two, in two tries — as Tampa Bay got in Jameis Winston’s starts over the season’s first eight outings.
“Real confident, very smart,” Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans said. “He’s similar to Jameis. We have two really good quarterbacks.”,Authentic Russell Wilson Jersey, processes things well and can make plays outside the pocket
Winston has been dealing with an injury to his throwing shoulder, after it was learned last week that the NFL is investigating an allegation that he groped a female Uber driver in 2016 — a claim that Winston has denied., and it’s unclear how long he’ll be sidelined. He’s got some off-the-field issues dogging him again as well
None of that mattered on the field Sunday,Womens 12th Fan Jersey, with Fitzpatrick completing 22 of 37 passes and leading what essentially was the winning drive in the final 3 minutes after Miami tied the game., anyway
Fitzpatrick got the Bucs into range for an easy field goal by Patrick Murray, lateral-filled kickoff return., and Tampa Bay got a touchdown as time expired when the Dolphins fumbled away a last-ditch
“I thought we really stepped up at the end there,Womens Richard Sherman Jersey,” Fitzpatrick said. “It was tough getting things going in the second half. We had a couple of possessions where I think we had seven plays in the third quarter. Games are going to have those ebbs and flows.”
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter couldn’t heap enough praise onto Fitzpatrick after the win.
“Heck, he’s 2-0 as a starter … a calm,” Koetter said. “When you go get a veteran backup like that, professional leader, that’s what you’re looking for.”
The Buccaneers (4-6) still have playoff hopes — slim, but existent — because of their backup.
The Dolphins (4-6) may have to ask their backup to find a way to keep them hanging on as well.
Matt Moore took over at halftime when Jay Cutler was diagnosed with a concussion, and completed 17 of 28 passes for 282 yards and a touchdown that tied the game at 20-20 — after Miami trailed 20-7 when he took the field for the first time.
“I understand my role, when you get the call to go,” Moore said. “My role is the backup quarterback on this team and when it’s time to play it’s time to play. Whatever happens, you’re fired up, there’s obviously excitement, you’re ready to go. I’ve done this for a long time.”
He might have to do it again next week against the king of the NFL mountain: Miami goes to New England next Sunday.