If the Miami Dolphins can afford an injury at any position this summer, it is at wide receiver.
Miami first-round pick DeVante Parker underwent foot surgery Friday morning and is expected to return for Week 1 of the regular season. There is a solid chance the Dolphins' rookie receiver will miss much -- or all -- of training camp and the preseason.
Fortunately for Miami, this injury won't impact its offense all that much as it prepares for the Washington Redskins on Sept. 13. The Dolphins are not a deep team in general, but arguably their deepest position is wide receiver.
Kenny Stills and Greg Jennings were Miami’s first-team receivers entering organized team activities and mandatory minicamp. Jarvis Landry, who led the Dolphins in 2014 with 84 receptions, is the Dolphins' top slot receiver. Parker entered the offseason program on the second team with hopes that he could eventually supplant a veteran for a starting job. That won't happen in training camp with Parker sidelined.
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill will work primarily with Stills, Jennings, Landry and new tight end Jordan Cameron on the starting unit this summer. Miami also has solid backup options at receivers such as Rishard Matthews and Matt Hazel, who both will benefit from increased reps. Matthews was unhappy with his role this offseason and reportedly wanted to be released or traded. The Dolphins wisely kept him for situations like this.
Parker's projected return for the regular season will be a luxury for Miami's offense and potentially takes this receiver group to another level. Parker could contribute early this season as long as he shakes the initial rust from foot surgery this fall.