New Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler didn’t do much last night, but he was glad to get out there.
Primarily, there was a sense of relief after he took his first big hit on his surgically repaired right shoulder.
On his last play of his two-series debut with the Dolphins, Cutler was drilled by Ravens defensive end Za'Darius Smith, and landed hard on his right arm.
And to Cutler, nice job, I guess, as he didn’t make any huge mistakes in his short time in the game. He completed 3-of-6 passes for 24 yards, before yielding to backup Matt Moore late in the first quarter.
“It was [tough] just waiting, getting out there and just waiting for the anticipation of getting going,” Cutler said. “Once we got out there and [coach] Adam [Gase] was in my ear and we started rolling around. It was fun.”
Obviously the Dolphins are going to want to get a longer look at him next week, but it would be nice if they could put a better line in front of him. With center Mike Pouncey and right tackle Ju’Wuan James out last night, it was hard for Cutler to get a true look between the pass rush and the penalties.
But there was some evidence of a chemistry with wide receiver DeVante Parker.
“He’s a really good player,” Cutler said. “The sky is the limit for him. He’s fast and can do a lot of different things.”
The hope is that Cutler can do something different for them, after he was brought in to replace Ryan Tannehill following his latest ACL injury.