December 5, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) signals toward the sideline against the New York Giants during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
We will do a lot this year on the relationship between the Patriots quarterback McJones and newly acquired receiver DeVante Parker. Across the NFL, veteran receivers have helped accelerate the success of younger quarterbacks, and many expect Parker to play that role for Jones after the Patriots traded him earlier this month.
On Thursday, Parker spoke to the Patriots media for the first time since the trade and offered his first impressions of his new quarterback. “He has a good arm on him. He can shut it down,” Parker noted. The two spent time working with a number of other Patriots receivers during a pitching session in Tampa shortly after Parker was traded to New England.
“Mac is a good quarterback. Just the way he throws the ball,” Parker continued. “It’s not hard, he throws a catchable ball.”
Parker was also asked what his strongest skills are and what he would bring to the offense to help Jones and the rest of the unit improve. “To point the ball high, get vertical on the pitch and do whatever I can to help the team win,” he replied.
Finally, Parker was asked about a post he posted on Instagram on Wednesday, which showed him pictured in a Patriots No. 11 jersey – the last number worn by Julian Edelman. Will this be his number in the future?
“I’m not sure yet,” he replied. “The figures have not yet been certified. We will have to wait and see.
We’ll find out Parker’s number – and see for the first time that he works with Mac Jones – in just over a month. The Patriots begin offseason practices in late May, with May 26 scheduled to be the first practice open to the media.
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