Do you want to go to war, DeVante?
Some healthy NFL positional rivalry escalated quickly on Monday via social media between Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas and Dolphins counterpart DeVante Parker.
The ordeal started when Parker commented a succinct “A” on the NFL on CBS’ Instagram post that read, “Which is tougher? A. Make a catch while guarded by Stephon Gilmore [or] B. Break up a pass while guarding Michael Thomas”
Parker did not call out Thomas specifically and could have simply been referencing his past experience against Gilmore, the 29-year-old reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year whom he faced twice last season. He was completely shut out during their first meeting and caught zero of seven targets, but bounced back and caught eight of 11 targets for 137 yards in the Dolphins’ Week 17 win over the Patriots.
Thomas, who has been embroiled in various social media melees in the past, opted to interpret the Dolphins receiver’s response as a personal slight and viciously replied, “@devanteparker1 for you yes. Go run some numbers up. Then you can talk I lapped you and you been in the league longer then me first rounder.”
Parker, 27, was the Dolphins’ 2015 first-round pick at No. 14 overall from Louisville while Thomas, also 27, was the Saints’ 2016 second-round pick at No. 47 overall from Ohio State. Since entering the league, Thomas has caught 470 passes for 5,512 yards and 32 touchdowns over four seasons while Parker has caught 235 passes for 3,419 yards and 18 touchdowns over five seasons.
“@cantguardmike got some hard feelings there brotha??? Let me get targeted 300 times a game,” Parker fired back.
While it’s true that Thomas’ stats easily eclipse Parker’s and those of almost any other wide receiver in that time span, there are some mitigating factors to his success. For one, the Saints receiver has averaged nearly twice as many targets per season as Parker (150.5 vs. 81.6). Thomas also has the benefit of catching most of his passes from future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees versus the rotating cast of feeble Miami signal-callers consisting of Ryan Tannehill (2015-2016, 2018), Matt Moore (2016-2017), Jay Cutler (2017), Brock Osweiler (2018), Ryan Fitzpatrick (2019) and Josh Rosen (2019).
“@devanteparker1 in other words you weak they don’t even put your name in the same sentence as me remember that!” a clearly triggered Thomas replied.
Without allowing Parker to reply, he continued with his personal assault: “@devanteparker1 you still not going to do nothing it took you 6 yrs and 17 weeks to have a good game gtfoh blame your parents not no QB”
Parker had his best NFL season in 2019, tallying career-highs in games played (16), games started (14), targets (128), receptions (72), yards (1,202) and touchdowns (nine, tied with Thomas).
Then, a sequence of quick jabs between the wideouts ensued.
Parker: “@cantguardmike quit crying bra.”
Thomas: “@devanteparker1 you heard what I said”
Parker: “@cantguardmike I didn’t here shiiiii play boi.”
The exchange concludes with Thomas replying,”@devanteparker1 you can’t even get a seat at the table.”
Source: Page Six