Miami Dolphins: 3 Best Performances in Week 8 Loss vs Houston Texans

DeVante Parker

My goodness DeVante, where has that been all year? Or all career, for that matter? The oft-injured Miami Dolphins wide receiver exploded in just his third game of the season for arguably the best performance he’s had as a professional. Parker has been much maligned all season, and has been the subject of numerous trade rumors. Miami Dolphins brass is insistent that they aren’t trading the young wide receiver, but after Thursday’s game his value has never been higher.

Parker turned in a career high 134 yards receiving Thursday night, and his nine receptions were just three off his career high in that category as well. Parker didn’t reach the end zone against the Texans, but by all other rights it was the performance of a lifetime so far. Which speaks volumes of the career he’s had in a Miami Dolphins jersey.

Thursday was only Parker’s fourth time eclipsing the 100-yard mark in a game, and he only has eight total touchdowns in his 3+ seasons in South Beach. Parker has regularly been held out of games this season as a healthy scratch, adding fuel to the trade rumor fires.

I know what the Miami Dolphins front office says. I also know that it wouldn’t surprise me to see Parker on a new team next week. Odds are slim, as a trade would likely have happened already if it was going to, but I won’t be completely shocked if a wide receiver-needy team swoops in at the last minute to acquire him.

If ever there was a time to trade Parker, it’s now. The move would leave Miami in dire straits at the wide receiver position, but they already are. And who knows, with the rumors that Golden Tate is available in Detroit, maybe something can be worked out there.