Mi­ami Dol­phins

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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.

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