Dolphins explain decisions on DeVante Parker, Chris McCain

Receiver DeVante Parker played only one snap during Miami's season opener at Washington. Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins' coaching staff made two interesting decisions on their active roster Sunday against the Washington Redskins: First, Miami made outside linebacker Chris McCain inactive before the game. Second, first-round pick and wide receiver DeVante Parker played just one snap in his Dolphins' debut.

Both decisions were curious on several fronts. Two months ago, McCain was the favorite to start at outside linebacker. He played primarily on the first team during organized team activities and minicamp, but wound up a second-team linebacker in training camp. Still, McCain is a good talent who most thought would be active to provide depth and a pass rush off the bench.

"It was all game plan decisions and game-time decisions," coach Joe Philbin said. "We went with the guys we felt gave us the best chance. Regarding Chris, we like Chris. He's done a really good job. His attitude has been great. That's what we what we think was best for the Washington Redskins. What's best for Jacksonville, we'll figure that out during the week."

With Parker, his surgically-repaired foot is finally healthy. He played in the preseason finale and, by all accounts, had a solid week of practice leading up to the regular-season opener. Add in the fact Miami's offense struggled throughout and scored just 10 points against Washington, and it's surprising a dynamic talent like Parker had one play.

"With DeVante Parker, we felt with him it was a one-time decision and one game," Philbin said. "We will see how he does in practice this week and go from there."

Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor added the flow of the game played a factor in Parker's limited snaps.

"We hoped DeVante would get more plays," Lazor said. "You saw him in the final preseason game. He's on his way back, and I expect him to just continue."