Smokin’ Jay Cutler made his preseason debut last night in Miami, connecting on 3 of 6 passes for 24 yards in limited play against the Baltimore Ravens.
We should take ZERO from that performance because, as is the case with every preseason game, these games mean absolutely zilch.
The Miami Dolphins‘ decision to sign Cutler in wake of Ryan Tannehill re-injuring his knee was an interesting move, one that Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer recently said “sent a message to everybody in that locker room.”
“I was there I think the day or two after they signed him and I sat up there with Adam Gase and different executives of the team and they all said the same thing,” Glazer said on Colin Cowherd’s radio show. “What we wanted to do is show the world that–especially in our locker room–we’re not giving up. We felt we made big strides last year and didn’t want to have a pity party for ourselves.”
Glazer also dropped a really interesting nugget when talking about how the franchise felt about Tannehill this season.
“The one thing I’ll tell you though, the depression that hit that place when Tannehill went down,” Glazer says, “They were so upset by that… They thought Tannehill was on the verge of hitting that top five or six elite passers in this league. They really did.”
While many will roll their eyes at that statement, it wouldn’t be that crazy. After all, Matt Ryan is now thought of as being an elite passer but that certainly wasn’t the case heading into last season. He’s coming off one sensational season that ended with a Super Bowl berth.
I’m not saying Tannehill is on par with Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers but could he have hit that next tier of QBs that includes Ryan, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Russell Wilson, and Andrew Luck? It’d be a pleasant surprise but it was never an unfathomable possibility.