Short, sweet and relatively successful. That pretty much describes the debut quarterback Jay Cutler had with the Dolphins during their second preseason game, Thursday against the Ravens.
Cutler was in the game for just two series, but it turns out that was more than enough for coach Adam Gase, who wisely pulled Cutler after he took a hit to his surgically repaired throwing shoulder.
“We kept getting into those third and longs and then we had that screen where he got hit pretty good and I was like ‘All right, he’s experienced everything,’’’ Gase said of Cutler. “I just didn’t want to over-do it.’’
Cutler really didn’t want to over-do it either. This was the first real good test of the shoulder that troubled him all of last season and the shoulder passed the test. So did Cutler.
As you’ll see from this story from our mother-site FanRagSports.com, Cutler was just as pleased with the outing as was Gase, who said he saw his old quarterback do just about everything he wanted him to do.
“I thought it was good,’’ Gase said after the Dolphins dropped a 31-7 decision to the Ravens. “For the first time out, it looks like we really weren’t apart for a year.’’
Gase, of course, was Cutler’s offensive coordinator for a year during the 2015 season when both were with the Bears. Coincidentally, that also turned out to be one of Cutler’s better seasons.
This one could, too, if Cutler keeps playing as well as he did on Thursday. Again, the stats weren’t great. Cutlers completed just three of the six passes he threw for 24 yards.
But for a guy who just came out of retirement and had no intention of playing this year, Cutler looked comfortable in the pocket and was largely effective throwing the ball.