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DeVante Parker came to Philadelphia for 1 thing

DeVante Parker
DeVante Parker

At the end of his second NFL season, wide receiver DeVante Parker got a taste of the playoffs.

Miami's first-round pick in 2015, the 14th overall selection, remembers vividly the Dolphins getting the final Wild Card spot and traveling to take on the AFC North Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Parker caught four passes for 55 yards, but the Dolphins were outgunned 30-12.

Coming off a season in which he nearly doubled his rookie-year totals, Parker thought that the Dolphins would build upon the experience and break through in the near future.

Parker hasn't been to a playoff game since.

That's the main reason he signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, putting pen to paper on the deal Monday afternoon. The veteran smiles in disbelief, thinking that seven seasons have gone by since that postseason debut.

"I just want to be a part of that. I just want to do whatever I can to help this team get to where they want to go," said Parker, who spent his first seven seasons in Miami and last two with New England. "Whatever it takes to get there."

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Parker adds size, savvy, and depth to a wide receiver corps led by A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith. Parker has been the featured go-to target in the offense – he led all AFC receivers in yards (1,202) and touchdowns (9) in 2019 – and he's been a complementary piece (finished second in yards and touchdowns for New England in 2022). His focus entering his 10th season is to make the most of the opportunities that come his way in the offense to lighten the burden on quarterback Jalen Hurts.

"He's amazing," Parker said of Hurts. "You've seen what he's done since he's been here. Great, great quarterback. He just knows where to put the ball, where it needs to be. He's great at doing it and I would love having him throw the ball to me."

In 119 career regular-season games, Parker has 402 catches for 5,660 yards (14.1 yards per catch) and 27 touchdowns. Last season in New England, Parker gained 394 yards on 33 receptions and 55 targets. More than 50 percent of his grabs (17 of 33) resulted in a first down.

Parker doesn't forget that the best game of his career came at Philadelphia's expense in that 2019 season to the tune of seven catches for 159 yards and two touchdowns in a wild 37-31 Miami win.

"Now, I'm here with the Eagles. It's crazy, the whole turnaround," he said. "I'm just blessed to be in this situation."

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