Brandon Doughty disappointed, but accepts Dolphins bypassing him

Brandon Doughty might get his chance eventually, but it won't be now. (Getty Images)

Brandon Doughty might get his chance eventually, but it won’t be now. (Getty Images)

DAVIE—Knowing the Dolphins needed another quarterback on their roster this week, rookie Brandon Doughty spent the past few days hoping it’d be him.

It wasn’t. Miami bypassed Doughty, a rookie who’s been on their practice squad all season, in favor of veteran T.J. Yates. Yates has been in the league since 2011 and has two postseason games on his record.

That was a tough decision for Doughty to accept, but he’s rolling with it.

“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed,” he said after today’s practice. “I’m a competitor, man. I want to help this team out. But I understand the process and I understand what they’re trying to do bringing in a guy that has playoff experience, so I’ll be here to support him and help him as much as I can.”

Miami offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen described the approach to Doughty’s development as “redshirting” him, which Doughty joked was business as usual since he’d been redshirted twice at Western Kentucky.

The Dolphins took him as a project player in the seventh round this year, and he played well in the preseason. He completed 20 of 28 passes for 185 yards and did enough between that and practice to beat out Zac Dysert as the guy Miami wanted to keep on its practice squad.

“We’re not discouraged with Brandon,” Christensen said. “That would be a misinterpretation… Brandon’s developing, Brandon’s coming along. It’s hard to say he can do this. Until you get in a game, you don’t know what he’ll do. Some guys come in, and the lights come on and they come alive, and they’re way better. And you’re shocked. You’re like ‘Man, I didn’t see this at practice.’ And some guys are great at practice, and you stick them in a game, and they lay an egg and you’re surprised that way.

“We won’t know until we stick him in a game. I think that’s part of the reason you do take a little insurance and get a veteran guy who’s been in football games. That’s not a negative reflection on Brandon in any way – not in any way. If you would get that impression, you’d be incorrect.”

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