Mac Jones Excited Over New Receiver Target
The New England Patriots traded for wide receiver DeVante Parker this past weekend and QB Mac Jones already has shown his approval on social media.
The Patriots received Parker as well as 2022 fifth-round draft pick from AFC East rival Miami Dolphins for a 2023 third-round pick. Parker will join a Patriots receiving room that currently includes the likes of Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne, and Jakobi Meyers.
Showing his excitement for being paired up with Jones, Parker quickly responded to the QB's tweet welcoming him to the team with his own message.
Parker was selected by Miami as the 14th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, where he put up a total of 4,727 yards and 24 touchdowns on 338 receptions in his seven season with the Dolphins. His most successful year was in 2019, where he had 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns on 72 receptions. That was the only year in his pro career that he has eclipsed 1,000 yards as he has dealt hamstring and shoulder injuries over the past two seasons that has caused him to miss two games in 2020 and seven games in 2021 respectively.
Parker isn't just moving from one AFC East team to another, but he is also going from one former Alabama QB to another as he played with Tua Tagovailoa his past two seasons with Miami. The Dolphins have recently traded for veteran wide receiver Tyreek Hill and also signed Cedrick Wilson Jr. during free agency. Pairing those two receivers along with second year receiver Jaylen Waddle and tight end Mike Gesicki made it to where the team felt that Parker wasn't a necessary piece in their receiving room anymore.
In his rookie season with the Patriots, Jones put up 3,801 yards passing, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while leading New England to a 10-7 record and their first playoff berth since Tom Brady was their starting QB. The Patriots hope that Parker's addition to the team will help with the development of their young QB.