Steven Parker made his first NFL start Sunday, and that was a big deal for the first-year Dolphins safety. That it came in Dallas, not far from his hometown of Jenks, Oklahoma, and with his family in the stands at AT&T Stadium made it even better.
“I can tell you the feeling was a blessing, just having my family there and everything, basically being almost like a home game for me, me being from Oklahoma and everything,” Parker said. “It was everything that I imagined.”
Parker, who started at safety alongside Bobby McCain, joined the Dolphins on Sept. 1 when he was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Rams, with whom he spent the 2018 season on the practice squad.
He played 16 snaps in each of the first two games before getting the promotion against Dallas.
A second-team All-Big 12 selection at the University of Oklahoma in 2017, Parker said he wasn’t nervous about his first NFL start because he got used to playing in big games in college.
Parker finished with three tackles with a pass defensed on a third down to force Dallas to settle for a field goal in the first quarter. He said he was overall fairly happy with his performance, though he’s looking for more.
“I felt like it was a solid game, but there’s always something to improve on,” Parker said. “Not just as far as individually but as a team. We’ve got tao improve on a lot of different things. That starts in practice throughout the week. We’re going to go ahead and hit all those things starting on Wednesday.
“I just wish I would have caught that interception. Also wish that we would have got the W. We’re still working to improve toward that.”