The Miami Dolphins were expecting big things from DeVante Parker when they selected him with the 14th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Unfortunately, after a stellar college career at Louisville, Parker's rookie season has been one of the many disappointments of the Dolphins' season so far as he has struggled to adapt to life in the pros.
Such a situation could easily bring about a crisis of confidence for a young player. Parker, though, has taken a rather unusual step to combating such feelings.
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As reported by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Parker has taken to watching old game footage of his Louisville days with the express purpose of reminding himself that he is a talented player.
Parker admitted, via Jackson, that it was easy to feel down in his current situation, and watching his highlight reel was in order "to remind myself I can still make plays like that.”
The thought of Parker settling down in the film room to watch old Cardinals games is a rather heart-breaking one, but there certainly won't be any lack of footage for the 22-year-old.
In four years at Louisville, Parker racked up 2,775 yards and 33 touchdowns and his performances had him singled out as one of the most explosive receivers in this year's draft class.
Highlight plays have been non-existent in his NFL career to date, however.
Only two rookies - Browns G/C Cam Erving and Cardinals OT D.J. Humphries - have logged fewer snaps than Parker this year, and, after battling through offseason injury, he has found himself way down the pecking order in Miami.
Maybe the rookie's nostalgia trip will help turn things. Miami will certainly be hoping so considering how much they invested in him back in May.
Dolphins fans: Was Parker a bad first-round pick, or will he come good? Have your say in the comments below...