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Don’t bet against Patriots receiver DeVante Parker on a jump ball



FOXBORO –  Put DeVante Parker in a contested catch situation with a 50-50 chance of coming down with the ball against an opposing defender, and he’ll bet on himself every time.

“It’s more like 80-20,” Parker said with a smile, when asked about his view on jump balls.

Whether it’s one defender or two, between Parker’s athleticism and burning desire to win, he could be an important weapon for Mac Jones and the Patriots offense this season and beyond.

Jones must like Parker in those jump ball situations because he’s been floating passes toward the 6-foot-3, 219-pound receiver throughout training camp, feeling out what his new wideout can do. And against a strong Panthers secondary during joint practices Tuesday, Jones wasn’t disappointed.

Parker, who had six catches on eight targets during competitive drills, came out on top almost every time.

He made several grabs near the sideline against tight coverage that had the crowd outside Gillette Stadium screaming with excitement.



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