Jay Cutler impressive in first Practice

Michael Hernandez – 23 hours ago 0
Davie, FL– The Miami Dolphins took the field on Tuesday for Day 10 of their training camp practices, and their new signal-caller appeared to the fans for the first time.

Newcomer unretired quarterback Jay Cutler took the field for the 1st time with his new team. Cutler signed a 1-year/$10 million deal with the Dolphins over the weekend and is projected, based on his salary, to be the new starter replacing veteran backup Matt Moore.

It wasn’t hard to spot Cutler on the field today. He was back wearing #6– the same number he wore throughout his time in Denver and Chicago. 2nd-year backup QB Brandon Doughty orginally wore #6 for the team, but it appears he and Cutler came to some sort of agreement to make the change. Doughty now wears #7.

In warm-ups, Cutler looked sharp and accurate. Making passes to the outside and upfield. His location was perfect, except on 1 early throw to the outside that fell low.

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Later in 1-on-1 drills (WR vs. CB), Cutler showed off his armstrength and touch by hitting wide receiver Jakeem Grant deep down the right sideline and tight end Julius Thomas in the seem.

Before he was signed, concerns on Cutler’s arm were raised due to a shoulder injury he suffered last year ending his final season with the Bears on Injured-Reserve.

 

“It’s good,” said the new quarterback about his arm. “I think a couple more days and I’ll be back and it’ll be 100.”

Adam Gase didn’t notice a change when asked if he noticed a difference in Cutler’s game.

“Same as I saw him last time,” said Gase.

“You don’t need to worry about arm strength.”

When the team got to 11-on-11’s, Matt Moore took the first set of reps with the starters followed by Cutler. However, neither had any highlights in scrimmage and Jay’s reps were few due to it being his 1st practice and catching up on the playbook as quickly as he can.

It seems like there has been some tweaks to the Gase offense that Cutler played in 2 years ago.

“It’s like a crash course, but you already took the course before,” Cutler said. “Some of the running game has changed, the passing-game is still relatively the same, protection has been changed up a little bit…”

“I’m a couple months behind these guys,” Cutler went on. “You kind of want to catch up pretty quickly, but you know that these guys are a few weeks ahead of me. I’ll have to put in all that extra work. We’ll get caught up pretty quick.”

“It’ll come back to me.”

Gase commented on Cutler’s learning curve after practice saying that his biggest adjustment will be learning the offenses terminology.

Playing in northern cities like Denver and Chicago for 11 seasons can be quite chilly during football season, Cutler is still getting used to the climate in the South Florida sun. But reassured the media that heat wouldn’t be affecting his game.

“It’s a little hotter out than I’m used to… I thought it wasn’t bad. Is this hot? Normal? Ah… this is fine.”

Cutler also gave his respects to Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino who introduced himself. He commented on his meeting with Marino and what his presence means to the team.

“It’s awesome to have a guy like that in the building. To have him around and his expertise, especially at the quarterback position, to see him around makes guys fired up.”

Will he be seeking advice from Marino and his experience on the game? You bet.

“He’s been through it all, experienced it all, high’s and low’s, and played at the top of the game. So to have a dude like that at your disposal, you got to use him.”

The Dolphins will take the field for their first preseason game on Thursday against the Falcons. Initial reports were Cutler will not play in the game, but he expects to be ready by the next preseason game. Although it’s not a certainty, he added.

Other Notes:

– RB Jay Ajayi (concussion) was back in practice for the first time. He did some warm ups, but did not participate in contact drills. His appearance in the preseason game is not expected. Gase said he’d be hard pressed to play Ajayi on Thursday.

– OT Sam Young, the Dolphins swing tackle, filled in for Laremy Tunsil today. Young looked solid at the left tackle position. Gase said he’s not sure if Tunsil will play in preseason opener.

– WR Leonte Carroo caught a pass from Matt Moore across the middle. Carroo beat coverage with plenty of room to run. Also, had another catch and a score in redzone work from Moore.

– WR Kenny Stills returned.

– DT Davon Godchaux practiced with 1st-team D-line.

– Starting safety Nate Allen (groin) & LB Neville Hewitt (shoulder) did not practice.

 

 

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