DAVIE—Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler took some big hits in Sunday’s 20-6 loss to the Jets and didn’t play particularly well, but he isn’t pinning any of that on his health.
Missing all the offseason workouts and transitioning into retirement set him up with a challenge to get ready for the upcoming season when Miami called. Initially there was concern about limiting his throws in practice to keep from burning out his arm (he’s 34 years old, on top of having sat out the offseason), but that was quickly dismissed by him and Adam Gase.
After going 26 of 44 for 220 yards and an interception against New York, he said his health is fine.
“I feel good,” Cutler said this afternoon. “I took a few shots this past game, but my body feels fresh. Being off for OTAs and stuff, I feel good.”
He specified later that he’s not having any issues with his shoulder.
One downside to missing that much time is that Cutler needed to catch up quickly on the offensive system and timing with his receivers. He and Gase were adamant that he already knew the offense when he arrived, but it was clear early on he had minor trouble nailing down routes with Kenny Stills and others.
Gase believes those issues have been resolved.
“I don’t think he’s behind,” Gase said. “He got hit early a couple of times. I think he was trying to get out of the pocket a few times, maybe instead of pushing up, he started to escape. A couple balls didn’t come out as good as he wants.
“Some of it is just timing. We’ve just got to keep getting better and keep working on stuff. I felt good going into the game with what we were doing passing game-wise and how we were throwing the ball around. Even though Jarvis (Landry) and DeVante (Parker) missed some time in practice, I still felt good about it. But we just weren’t crisp. We weren’t clicking.”
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