DeVante Parker (U of L, Ballard) must have an extra gear for matchups with the Patriots. In his first action of the season after missing week one with a hamstring injury, the second-year wideout caught eight passes for 106 yards in the Dolphins’ 31-24 loss to New England at Foxboro Stadium.
“DeVante’s a great football player,” Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill told the Associated Press after the game. “You see some of the plays he made — the one handed catch on the takeoff — so we’re just scratching the surface with him. He’s going to be a big-time player for us. We just have to keep him healthy and on the field.”
Parker also had 106 yards and a touchdown on five catches in the Dolphins’ 20-10 victory over New England in last year’s regular-season finale.
▪ Noah Spence (Eastern Kentucky) made his first tackle in the NFL count. After being held without a tackle last week, the Buccaneers’ second-round pick sacked Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer in Tampa Bay’s 40-7 loss to the Cardinals.
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▪ Gary Barnidge (U of L) caught four passes for 37 yards on five targets in Cleveland’s 25-20 loss to Baltimore. Barnidge was held without a catch in Week 1.
▪ Jack Doyle (Western Kentucky) did his best Gary Barnidge impression, catching four balls for 37 yards as the Colts fell to the Broncos 34-20. Doyle, who caught two touchdowns last week, moved the chains with a five-yard catch on third-and-2 on a drive that ended with a game-tying touchdown in the third quarter.
▪ Jordan Berry (Eastern Kentucky) didn’t do the Bengals any favors when it came to field position. The Pittsburgh punter booted five of his eight punts inside the Bengals’ 20-yard line and averaged 47.1 yards-per-kick with a long of 58 in the Steelers’ 24-16 home win over Cincinnati.
▪ William Gay (Louisville) made four solo tackles and broke up two passes in Pittsburgh’s win over the Bengals.