Miami Dolphins wide receiver Devante Parker and New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas had a nice and friendly Instagram exchange on Monday night. It was certainly a sight to behold, and I have to give the advantage to Parker in this one.
The NFL on FOX Instagram asked the question which feat was harder: Catching a pass on Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore or breaking up a pass while guarding Michael Thomas? Parker answered catching a pass on Gilmore, much to the chagrin of Thomas.
As some of you may recall, Parker had a rather easy time catching passes in Gilmore’s direction. In what was a win versus the New England Patriots in December, Parker recorded eight receptions for 137 yards. In any event, he still made the Defensive Player of the Year look silly.
DeVante Parker won this battle
Parker certainly has a point. When I watch Thomas play, he catches a pass from Drew Brees on a five- yard slant and then makes things happen after the catch. Parker for one has never had the luxury of a Drew Brees. Secondly, Parker makes things happen down the field and doesn’t rely on the slant.
Sure, people can knock Parker for not being healthy. Health has certainly been an issue for him over the course of his career. However, he is undoubtedly one of the most explosive receivers in the game when healthy. The 2019 season really proved that. He was able to find his groove, particularly late in the
season. Hopefully, he can build off that and give the Miami Dolphins a true number one receiver in 2020.
With nothing else going on, social media had a field day with the exchange between the two receivers. Here’s a little bit of a glimpse at what the rest of the world thought of this heavyweight battle.
Devante Parker: My opinion is I think it's tougher to make a catch while be guarded by Stephon Gilmore than breaking up a pass while guarding Michael Thomas.
— FitzFlo (@TheDolphinJoe) May 18, 2020
Devante Parker vs Michael Thomas. Round 1 FIGHT pic.twitter.com/8Y3HGWXcyA
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) May 18, 2020
— Brendan Tobin (@Brendan_Tobin) May 18, 2020
When DeVante Parker implied he’d be as good as Michael Thomas if he had the same amount of targets. pic.twitter.com/8PKgCvGmzF
— Chris Rosvoglou (@RosvoglouReport) May 18, 2020