Hunter Henry: WR DeVante Parker lessens the burden on everyone else


DeVante Parker, a receiver with the New England Patriots, has received high praise throughout the first four days of training camp. Parker, who was acquired in a spring trade with the Miami Dolphins, has excelled in red-zone situations thanks to his 6-foot-3 stature and contested-catch prowess. Tight end Hunter Henry described Parker as “Big physique, can make a lot of plays, and contested receptions. Adding a person like him certainly helps relieve some of the strain on the other players.” Early in camp, Parker adjusting on a Mac Jones back-shoulder pass with corner Jalen Mills in tight coverage was one of the highlights. The wide receiver grabbed the ball and scored by tapping his toes. The Patriots now have the sort of receiver they anticipated when Bill Belichick selected N’Keal Harry in the first round thanks to the addition of Parker. Chicago received Harry in a trade this summer. Prior to that, Parker played for seven seasons in Miami and showed off incredible playmaking skills.