Everything started on Monday night with a simple question from the NFL on Fox Instagram page: "Which is tougher? A. Make a catch while guarded by [New England Patriots cornerback] Stephon Gilmore. B. Break up a pass while guarding [New Orleans Saints wide receiver] Michael Thomas."
DeVante Parker, the Miami Dolphins' lead pass-catcher, came across the post and answered, "A."
Though the comment may have been a reflection of Parker's respect for Gilmore, who he lit up for eight catches and 137 yards in Week 17 last season, Thomas took offense to his choice and quickly piped in with his own thoughts.
“@devanteparker1 for you yes,” he wrote. “Go run some numbers up. Then you can talk I lapped you and you been in the league longer then me first rounder 😅🙂.”
Parker didn't hesitate to respond: "@cantguardmike got some hard feelings there brotha??? Let me get targeted 300 times a game."
This back and forth continued for the next half-hour or so, with Thomas finally telling Parker, "you can't even get a seat at the table."
Brendan Tobin, a radio host, offered a recap of their testy exchange.
As for who outshined the other on the field last year, that nod goes to Thomas. In his fourth year in the league, he tallied a league-best 1,725 yards, as well as nine touchdowns. He also set a new NFL record for most catches in a season with 149.
Parker wasn't too shabby, though. He finished fifth in receiving yards with 1,202 on 72 receptions and tied Thomas' TD count.
The Dolphins and Saints will only face-off once during the upcoming 2020 season in the last game of the preseason.