But this much we know at this early stage: Cutler is a big fan of third-year receiver DeVante Parker.
“He’s a really good player,” Cutler said. “The sky is the limit for him. He’s big, he’s fast and can do a lot of different things.”
Cutler completed 3 of 6 passes for 24 yards in a 31-7 loss to the Ravens. But two of his best throws were to Parker.
The 12-year veteran threw a timing route in stride to Parker for 16 yards and a first down. Cutler also completed a 20-plus yard pass to Parker while scrambling on a broken play on the opening drive. However, the play was called back due to a holding penalty.
Both plays displayed the potential of a productive Cutler-to-Parker tandem this season. According to Cutler, Miami’s former first-round pick in 2015 reminds the quarterback of another talented receiver.
“I think he’s kind of a faster Alshon [Jeffery],” said Cutler, who played with Jeffery in Chicago. “He’s got a lot of range, back shoulder and over the top. He’s got great hands. Then, he can burn you up if you’re flat-footed.”
Parker has yet to reach his potential in Miami due to injuries and inconsistency in his first two seasons. This is a big Year 3 for Parker, and perhaps a quarterback change from the injured Ryan Tannehill (knee) to a more aggressive, downfield passer like Cutler could lead to better individual numbers for the receiver.