Miami Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker is taking his talents to the small screen.
When he’s not catching touchdowns for a rebuilding Dolphins team, Parker is now starring in Uncle Vante, an animated mini-series involving the Parker family.
As the Miami Dolphins hope to win its second straight game after an 0-2 start, Parker is making waves with his new series.
DeVante Parker is off to a strong start in 2020
As Miami’s offense improved in each of its three games, so did DeVante Parker’s receiving numbers.
Parker opened the season with four catches for 47 yards in a Week 1 loss to Cam Newton and the New England Patriots. A week later, Parker’s five snags for 53 yards and a touchdown went mostly unnoticed in a crushing 31-28 loss to Josh Allen and the Bills.
Parker caught another five passes for 69 yards in a 31-13 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3.
Miami hosts Russell Wilson and the Seahawks in Week 4 before traveling to the injury-plagued 49ers and Broncos.
Parker has revived his career under Brian Flores
DeVante Parker’s production since the 2019 season opened, and when Brian Flores took over, makes it easy to forget how frustrated Dolphins fans were during the receiver’s first few seasons.
The 14th overall pick from Louisville in 2015, Parker caught 26 passes for 494 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie.
Parker turned 56 catches into 744 yards and four scores in 2016, but his receiving yards and touchdowns took a hit a year later, partly because Ryan Tannehill tore his ACL in training camp. Although Parker had one more catch in two fewer games, he never truly meshed with Jay Cutler.
Miami re-signed Parker after a career-worst 2018 season and it paid off, with him setting career-highs in catches (72), receiving yards (1,202), and touchdowns (nine) last year. Parker is on pace to finish the 2020 season with 75 catches and 907 yards.
Last December, Miami signed Parker to a four-year extension through the 2023 season. Parker’s deal is worth up to $40 million and contained $20 million in guaranteed money.
DeVante Parker now has a cartoon show, ‘Uncle Vante’
DeVante Parker has more to look forward to now than just catching touchdowns and helping the Dolphins win games.
Earlier this year, Parker announced Uncle Vante, an animated mini-series which airs on Instagram. According to WDRB.com, the short series focuses on “growth, maturation and valuable life lessons in today’s society.”
Animated versions of Parker and his nephew, Pee Wee Parker, participate in the videos. ESPN’s Adam Schefter made a recent cameo appearance
Parker previously called himself a “cartoon fanatic” on Twitter.