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QB Jay Cutler - Miami Dolphins

6-4, 225Born: 4-29-1983College: VanderbiltDrafted: Round 1, pick 11

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 16): Cutler actually has the Dolphins a half game out of first heading into Week 7. His fantasy upside is very limited, but he's likely to hold the job for at least a few more weeks after his grip was loosening through one half against the Falcons.

Week 7: vs New York Jets

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FBG says: Tough matchup. There is not much more to say about Jay Cutler that has not already been written, but the Dolphins are currently last in the NFL at just 155.4 yards per game passing which there are only six teams in the NFL that are under 200 yards per game. The Dolphins are also averaging just 5.1 yards per attempt which would be the lowest number since 2009 when the Browns had Brady Quinn as their starting quarterback. The Dolphins have not had an overly difficult schedule that are driving these numbers either as they have only faced one top ten passing defense which was in week two against the Chargers which also was Jay Cutler's most productive game this season. The Jets passing defense so far this season has been solid in terms of limiting big games to opposing quarterbacks as we saw last season as they held Tom Brady to just 257 yards last week and a completion percentage of just 52%. The Jets have avoided allowing big play thanks to rookies Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye who have been a big part of why the Jets are 7th in terms of yards per attempt allowed at just 6.4 yards per attempt this season. While at the cornerback position the Jets do not have a standout cornerback, they also do not have a weakness as Morris Claiborne, Buster Skrine and Darryl Roberts have all been consistent performers so far this season.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at NYJ 63 26 44 220 1 1 1 9 0 0 14.9
4 vs NO 52 20 28 164 0 1 1 5 0 0 6.7
5 vs TEN 58 12 26 92 1 1 2 8 0 0 8.4
6 at ATL 67 19 33 151 2 1 1 -1 0 0 14.45
7 vs NYJ PROJ-Dodds * 19 31 * * * 2 * * * *
7 vs NYJ PROJ-Tremblay * 18 30 * * * 1 * * * *
7 vs NYJ PROJ-Bloom * 18 29 * * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 6 vs ATL (19 / 33 / 151 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Jay Cutler completed 19 of 33 passes for 151 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. It was Cutler's first multi touchdown game this year, but he failed to reach 200 yards passing for the third straight week. Cuter has also thrown an interception in four straight games. Ultimately, Cutler was able to make enough plays to keep Miami in the game though, and there defense played excellent against an explosive Falcons offense. Cutler's first touchdown pass came on a play where he was able to step up in the pocket, fake as though he was going to tuck it in and run only to throw the ball right at the line of scrimmage to Kenny Stills for an 11 yard touchdown. Cutler's second touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry was an easy one, but it was easy because the Miami coaching staff drew up a great play where Cutler faked a hand-off while Landry was in motion heading in the opposite direction. The play-action fake worked to perfection as Landry was literally all by himself when Cutler found him for a seven yard touchdown. The Miami offense would not be described as prolific, but they are getting the job done with respect to scoring enough points to win. It may not be pretty at times, but they have proven to be effective.

2017 Week 5 vs TEN (12 / 26 / 92 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)

Jay Cutler completed only 12 of 26 passes for 92 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Cutler also added 8 yards on two rushing attempts. Cutler has now thrown for 256 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions over his last two games. Despite the fact that the Dolphins won their game against Titans, it was of very little thanks to their offense. Cutler was unsettled in the pocket, often throwing to wide receivers who were tightly covered, or overthrowing his intended receiver on the small number of throws he attempted down the field. The Dolphins strategy to bring Cutler out retirement was seen as a way to bring in a veteran who could captain a projected playoff team in Ryan Tannehill's absence. Through four games, Cutler has yet to look like the veteran that Miami had in mind when they signed him, showing indecision and timing difficulties with his receivers, while committing his fair share of turnovers in the process.

2017 Week 4 vs NO (20 / 28 / 164 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)

Jay Cutler completed only 20 of 28 passes for 164 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception. While Cutler was accurate, completing 71% of his passes, he was not able to get anything going down the field, averaging only 5.8 yards per attempt. Cutler's long completion of the game was 23 yards to Julius Thomas, finding his big tight end on a comeback route as the Saints blitzed heavily on third down. Thomas caught the ball six yards down the field and when he turned around there was not a defender in sight, allowing him to run all the way down to the four yard line. Unfortunately, Cutler went right back to Thomas on the next play, throwing an off-balance fade to the corner of the end zone that was intercepted. The play was very typical of Cutler, as he stuck to his first read despite the fact that did not have a stable base to throw the ball, and Thomas had yet to establish position on his defender. The interception was the only trip to the red zone for the Dolphins. All in all, Cutler was only able to generate 11 first downs for the Miami offense, and was 1 for 8 on third downs.

2017 Week 3 vs NYJ (26 / 44 / 220 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

Jay Cutler completed only 26 of 44 passes for 230 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. The Jets defense kept him in check for the entire game, allowing Cutler to complete short passes to his receivers, but there was no room to create plays after the catch. At one point, Cutler threw six straight incompletions, which resulted in two consecutive three and out series for the Dolphins. Cutler continued to target DeVante Parker deep down the field, but they were only able to connect one time on five targets, while also drawing one pass interference penalty. Cutler's only touchdown came on the last play of the game, where he was able to scramble in the pocket and find Parker in the end zone. This was not a good showing for Cutler, as he was sacked five times and looked uncomfortable for most of the first half.

2017 Week 2 vs LAC (24 / 33 / 230 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)

Jay Cutler played a very efficient game for the Dolphins, completing 24 of 33 passes for 230 yards and one touchdown. Cutler did not turn the ball over, but he didn't play it safe by any means, as he targeted DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills quite frequently down the field. With Jay Ajayi consistently moving the chains, the Dolphins need Cutler to take advantage of favorable play-action opportunities down the field, and that is exactly what he did on Sunday. Cutler has quickly established a rapport with Jarvis Landry, targeting him on 16 of his 33 attempts. Cutler was able to throw Landry open several times, giving him the opportunity to create yards after the catch, which is where Landry excels. The biggest difference between Cutler and Ryan Tannehill is Cutler's willingness to take deep shots and give his receivers the chance to make big plays. This is a big difference though, as the Dolphins have the mismatches on the outside to take advantage when defenses stack the box against Ajayi.


Latest News

Dolphins | Jay Cutler tosses two TDs (Sun Oct 15, 04:55 PM) - Miami Dolphins QB Jay Cutler completed 19 of his 33 pass attempts for 151 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the Week 6 win against the Atlanta Falcons.

Our View: Cutler was terrible in the first half and ended the half with a pick, but played within himself in the second half and had some help from a key personal foul to set up a score and Jay Ajayi being too strong for the Falcons defense. The Dolphins and Cutler are actually situated well at 3-2 heading into a rematch with the Jets.
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Dolphins | Jay Cutler posts ugly line in win (Sun Oct 8, 09:43 PM) - Miami Dolphins QB Jay Cutler completed 12 of his 26 pass attempts for 92 yards, a touchdown and an interception in a 16-10 win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 5.

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