Dolphins Head Coach Adam Gase says wide receiver Devante Parker is almost ready to play.
Gase spoke with the media yesterday after the opening weekend win over the Tenessee Titans, a victory in difficult circumstances.
The game, in terms of time, was the longest in the NFL since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, following two weather delays of more than two hours.
However, the Dolphins got the job done, coming away with a 27-20 win over the Titans at the Hard Rock Stadium.
And aside from the win, there’s more good news for Dolphins fans with Head Coach Adam Gase yesterday revealing that Devante Parker is almost ready to go.
“He looks like he wants to get out there and get going for real,” HC – Adam Gase about Devante Parker
“It was good to see him running and catching balls. We will take the progression from the next step and we will move on from there.
“I think he’s about a foot taller than everybody else,” added Gase when asked what Parker brings to the team.
“He’s a big guy who has really good long speed and he has really good quickness in and out of his breaks. he has an unusual skill set for a guy of that size.
“The times that have been really good with him in games, he can make some freaky plays and it will be really good to get him going again.
“It’s a start-over for him. Whatever happened before he was injured is really behind him. I’m glad he did a really good job of staying involved in the meetings and engaging in everything we were presenting to him.
“That’s smart on his part to make sure that he is right on track so that when he is ready to go, he can jump right in there and he will be alright.”
Following the win against the Titans, Gase gave the team a day off on Monday to recover.
However, it later emerged that experienced quarterback Ryan Tannehill rounded up his offensive team-mates to make sure they were in watching tape on their day off.
It’s a great display of commitment, but it doesn’t surprise the Head Coach. He added: “It doesn’t surprise me.
“I know those guys weren’t really excited about how they played, they felt like there was more there for us to have and there were some execution things, some things where we were missing opportunities.
“I think a lot of those guys wanted to make sure they watched it together so that they are on the same page. That’s why you always come in on Monday to do that, or Tuesday, so everybody can move forward and learn from those experiences.
“He’s (Tannehill) really always been like that. He’s always tried to pull those guys in, after practices on Friday. He’s always trying to get with those receivers to make sure they are all on the same page.”
The Dolphins had some success in their running game for the season opener against the Titans and it’s got some fans licking their lips, envisaging what’s to come as we move into the season.
Albert Wilson showed some promise on the ground and Special Teams’ Jakeem Grant grabbed the headlines with his 102-yard return touchdown.
The standard of the running game on opening weekend pleased Gase. He said: “I thought the guys did a really good job of executing what we asked them to do.
“We felt a lot of those things were happening in practice. It’s hard because sometimes our defense, there’ll be days when Cam (Cameron Wake) will just shut things down and we don’t want to get into the habit of just running one way in practice.
“It was the positioning of what their defense was doing, and our guys did a really good job of executing some of the things we had called and understanding why they were doing it.
“With them, the tight ends and the running backs, they were all on the same page.”
The Dolphins face the Jets in week two and it’s set up to be a tough test against one of their AFC East Divisional rivals early in the season. But that’s just what the Head Coach wants. He added: “Being on the road, that will be a good test for us to see where we are at.”