He’s 34 and has 12 seasons of experience as an NFL starter, but QB Jay Cutler admitted to experiencing a few butterflies before his first preseason game with the Dolphins.
“A little nervous, but once we got out there, it was fun,” he said after completing three of six passes for 24 yards in two series against the Baltimore Ravens. “These (receivers) are really talented on the outside, so they make it pretty easy for me.”
Cutler was impressed with third-year WR DeVante Parker, whom he calls a “faster version of (his former Chicago Bears teammate) Alshon Jeffrey.” Cutler and Parker hooked up for a 16-yard completion up the seam on their first series.
“I think the sky is the limit for him,” Cutler said of Parker. “He’s big (6-3, 212 pounds). He’s fast. He can do a lot of different things.”
On Aug. 21, Cutler fired pinpoint passes and appeared comfortable in a joint practice with the Philadelphia Eagles.
In the session, he threw on interception but Cutler completed well more than 50% of his passes, most of which were shortto-intermediate throws, and fed his targets in stride.
“I’m really comfortable with these guys,” Cutler said.
Rookie watch: CB Cordrea Tankersley, a third-round pick from Clemson, made a superb interception in his second preseason game, ripping the ball away from Ravens WR Quincy Adeboyejo. Tankersley is expected to contribute as a backup and a special-teams player.
Noteworthy: MLB Mike Hull had six tackles, including one for a loss, and appears ready to assume the starter’s role after rookie Raekwon McMillan suffered a season-ending injury.
Jay Cutler, who signed with the Dolphins on Aug. 7, was 3-for-6 for 24 yards in two series against the Ravens during his preseason debut with Miami on Aug. 17.