DAVIE—The Dolphins are taking a bit of a gamble this season by rolling with two quarterbacks on the active roster, especially when those are two of the oldest players on the team. If Jay Cutler and Matt Moore go down, Miami’s next option is tight end MarQueis Gray or receiver Jarvis Landry.
Gray played quarterback at the University of Minnesota but has been exclusively a tight end since making it to the NFL in 2013. He still throws occasionally and claims he’s still got it.
“Oh yeah,” he said. “We compete with the players every now and then. Actually throwing to receivers, I haven’t done that, but drills-wise and having competitions, I’m still the top dog.”
With the Gophers, Gray threw for 2,053 yards and had 14 touchdowns against 11 interceptions in his four-year career. He completed 150 of 295 passes.
Unless the Dolphins promote Brandon Doughty from their practice squad or add someone else, Gray might actually be necessary at some point. That would only happen if Cutler and Moore went down in the same game, meaning Gray wouldn’t get any reps leading up to a hypothetical emergency appearance.
He’d be comfortable enough, though, with his grasp of the playbook to run the offense as quarterback.
“Being a tight end in this offense, you’ve basically gotta know everything just like the quarterback because you line up in the receiver spot and you line up in the backfield,” Gray said. “It helps out a lot if I have to go in at quarterback.”
He wouldn’t mind getting the chance, either. Just thinking about playing quarterback makes him nostalgic.
“Of course,” he said. “Touching the ball every play? I’m always gonna miss it.”
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