Cutler fell on his surgically repaired throwing shoulder on his final play in Thursday's preseason game versus the Ravens, but felt no pain after doing so, ESPN's James Walker reports. Speaking about the play, Cutler said, "I'm glad to get that one out of the way. I landed right on my right shoulder and didn't feel anything."
Cutler underwent surgery in December to repair a partially torn right labrum. Making his Dolphins debut Thursday, the 34-year-old faced his fair share of pressure during his two drives in charge. With no discomfort after falling directly on his shoulder, however, the veteran can now proceed with confidence in his durability, which will be needed as his playing time is extended in next week's third preseason game.
Cutler completed three of six passes for 24 yards while playing two drives in Thursday's preseason game against the Ravens.
Cutler's highlight was a running throw to DeVante Parker for a 31-yard gain on a 3rd-and-16, though the play was wiped out by a holding penalty. While held back by a poor showing from his offensive line, the 34-year-old quarterback looked surprisingly comfortable for a player who's been with his team for less than two weeks. His previous work with Dolphins coach Adam Gase seems to be easing the transition, and it also helps to have a strong supporting cast at the skill positions. Cutler figures to get extended run against against Philadelphia in the third week of the preseason.
Cutler already has a year of experience in Gase's system and has been getting most of the first-team work at practice since he joined the Dolphins last Monday. He'll likely garner significant playing time in the next two exhibition contests, giving him a chance to build chemistry with an impressive collection of receiving weapons led by wideouts Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills. It's unclear if Jay Ajayi and Julius Thomas (back) will play in Thursday's game.
Coach Adam Gase said Monday that Cutler has "pretty much got the offense down," leaving the quarterback mainly with timing issues to sort out before he's fully adjusted to his new team, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
Cutler was always expected to be a quick study in Gase's scheme, given that he executed it well while playing under him in Chicago during the 2015 season. With most of the concepts having been refreshed in Cutler's mind, the 34-year-old will now hope to improve his chemistry with Miami's pass catchers. Because of the progress Cutler has made already, Gase said the veteran is trending toward playing in Thursday's second preseason game against the Ravens.
Coming as no surprise, Cutler still needs time to work himself into game shape, so he'll take a seat on the bench Thursday while Matt Moore presumably takes the reigns of the first-team offense. Cutler's next preseason opportunity will come Aug. 17 against the Ravens.
|P3||8/24/17||@ PHI||7:00 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ MIN||8:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|8||10/26/17||@ BAL||8:25 pm|
|10||11/13/17||@ CAR||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/26/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|