In the words of head coach Adam Gase, Jay Cutler “looked the same” in his first practice in a Miami Dolphins uniform. Translation? The arm that got him recognized at Vanderbilt and drafted in the first round by Denver is still there.
With Cutler replacing former starter Ryan Tannehill, who is apparently, out for the season with a knee injury, it didn’t take long this morning for him to start demonstrating why Gase was so persistent in getting him to come to the Dolphins. And media watching Dolphins practice saw the arm strength:
And Cutler just hit Jakeem Grant in stride ina 9 route. 40 yards. TD.
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) August 8, 2017
Jay Cutler just rolled into South Florida and started slinging lasers, like, yeah, no biggie
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) August 8, 2017
No stranger to injury, however, Cutler finished last season on the injured reserve with the Chicago Bears. He had labrum surgery in December but was still a full participant in Tuesday’s practice.
Gase, who was Cutler’s offensive coordinator in Chicago in 2015, a season that was statistically Cutler’s best of his career with a 92.3 passer rating while completing 64.4%, said he wasn’t surprised with how Cutler looks. And, it’s as if he remembered nearly everything from the offense, but it will take a little time to get accustomed to it all in Miami.
Cutler did seem optimistic after practice, telling the media that a few more days out with the offense and he’ll be back to normal. Obviously, he was the story at camp Tuesday:
Cutler speaking now pic.twitter.com/BjsDGIXCJC
— Chris Perkins (@chrisperk) August 8, 2017
“The offense will is gonna come,” he said as he also touched on his footwork, timing, and rhythm all coming back to him over time.
While Cutler said “it’s fun to be back out,” the Dolphins still have some work to do. Their first preseason game is Thursday as they take on Atlanta, and as we wrote earlier, it’s too soon to see him in that one, But, it’s obvious he’s on track after one day to become the starter.