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Corey Davis and DeVante Parker: More Similar than you think.

Titans Tidbits: In this brief player profile synopsis I will go over the similarities between two young wideouts Corey Davis and DeVante Parker. One is trending up. The other? In a prove it year with a lot at stake.

6’3″ 209 lbs. 

Yes both Corey Davis and DeVante Parker share the same height and weight measurements. They also share similar skill sets and statistics.

My understanding of Corey Davis after watching his college film in 2016-2017, was that he was an incredibly athletic acrobatic catcher, with enough speed to separate at the next level. He had a high character profile and was almost too meek according to the information I gathered about his personality in the predraft process. He also was injured the majority of the Spring. On the field he was a deliberate route runner who hadn’t learned how to be a route salesman yet and he played down to the level of competition when he was at Western Michigan. Easy to say now right? Not quite, the proof is below in a tweet I shared a couple of years ago. Yeah I keep receipts. 

https://twitter.com/BU_Scouting/status/1029449824846921731?s=19

After having his 5th year option declined it’s put up or shut up time for Davis and all who continue to find excuses as to why he hasn’t panned out like a Top 5 pick should. It’s not so much as he’s been horrible, as it is the draft capital in which he was selected with. 

Here’s Corey Davis’ stats since entering the league. 

2017: 34 catches, 375 yards, No scores. 

           (*Playoffs 9 catches, 98 yards, 2 TDs.)

2018: 65 catches, 891 yards, 4 TDs.

2019: 43 catches, 601 yards, 2 TDs.

           (*Playoffs 6 catches, 68 yards, 1 TD.)

The Doppelgänger in Miami

DeVante Parker had a breakout year in 2019 with a much maligned Miami Dolphins offense. Here’s his stats since entering the league.

2015: 26 catches, 494 yards, 3 TDs.

2016: 56 catches, 744 yards, 4 TDs.

2017: 57 catches, 670 yards, 1 TDs.

2018: 24 catches, 309 yards, 1 TDs.

2019: 72 catches, 1202 yards, 9 TDs.

Both Parker and Davis eerily have averaged 82 targets and 47 catches over their career. Parker has averaged 684 yards and 14.5 yards per catch to Davis’ 622 yards and 13.3 yards per catch. Guess how many games played both have averaged across their time in the league? 14. 

One could say the only difference in Corey Davis and DeVante Parker is less than the size of a sunflower seed. Parker’s hands are ¼  of an inch bigger than Davis’. Parker’s arms are also ¼ of an inch longer than Davis’ despite being the same height and weight. If you watch them play Parker comes down with those 50/50 balls and acrobatic catches at a higher rate than Davis and the extra dexterity could be why. Is ¼ of an inch the reason why DeVante Parker has reached the 1K club and uses his skill set better than Davis? There isn’t an A.J. Brown type of talent opposite of Parker but in previous years there was a guy named Jarvis Landry.

Even when A.J. Brown wasn’t around, Davis has disappeared in several games. I without a doubt think this isn’t all of Davis’ fault however. In fact, I’d love to see an offense where Davis was force fed the ball. I think his run after catch ability is better than Parker’s. Wide receiver screens and end arounds come to mind when thinking of new ways to get Corey Davis more involved in an offense.

I’ll keep this simple and compact. Corey Davis has the potential to be a 70+ catch 1200 yard WR. He needs more targets and he needs a new M.O. However, I do think he’s realistically more of an embodiment of his 2018 self. Which is, when healthy, a perennial 60 catch 750+ yard WR.

 

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