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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 (Wed Dec 13): Cutler was very effective against a depleted Patriots front seven. He should have had a long touchdown to clinch the game to Jakeem Grant, but Grant dropped it. If the weather cooperates, Cutler could be a viable QB2/Superflex or emergency QB1 at Buffalo this week.

Week 15: at Buffalo Bills

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Jay Cutler is coming off his best game of the season, but he's still not much of a fantasy option. All told, he'd actually be a fairly tough Week 15 sell as a QB2 if not for his prime defensive matchup. Cutler has been uncharacteristically gun-shy all year, throwing deep (15+ yards downfield) on just *****% of his throws. As a result, the Dolphins offense has been tragically built around low-impact check-down man Jarvis Landry, and Cutler's downfield receivers have produced hit-or-miss numbers at best. DeVante Parker has taken a huge step back in 2017 - mainly by his own doing - and Kenny Stills doesn't see consistent enough volume to truly matter for fantasy purposes. Cutler is generally more interested in throwing four-yard slants to Landry. We can't merely discount Cutler's Week 14 as nothing, but we do have to note the opponent (the Patriots pass defense) and the fact that if you're a startable fantasy quarterback, 263 yards and 3 touchdowns shouldn't be your season's second-best performance. The Bills pass defense is by no means a consistent one, but it's no pushover, either. They've allowed 284+ passing yards to 4 of their last 9 opponents, with some dazzling lines given up to WR1s - A.J. Green, Mike Evans, Michael Crabtree, Michael Thomas, and Keenan Allen have all recorded 83-189 receiving yards in this matchup. The Bills do boast an impressive secondary, including rookie cornerback TreDavious White and ascending star safety Jordan Poyer. This unit can indeed flow aggressively through a game and limit a passing attack - they've shut down a handful of mediocre passing offenses, after all. But of late, it's not manifesting on the stat sheet. It's generally fair to chase efficiency, if not volume, in plays against the Buffalo defense.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 vs TB 24 6 12 83 1 3 1 1 0 0 5.25
13 vs DEN 63 18 31 235 2 2 1 1 0 0 17.85
14 vs NE 73 25 38 263 3 0 4 4 0 0 25.55
15 at BUF PROJ-Dodds * 21 34 * * * 1 * * * *
15 at BUF PROJ-Tremblay * 23 36 * * * 1 * * * *
15 at BUF PROJ-Bloom * 20 31 * * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 14 vs NE (25 / 38 / 263 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 4 / 0 rush)

Jay Cutler completed 25 of 38 passes for three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Dolphins win over the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. It was only the third game this season where Cutler did not turn the ball over. In his first six starts of the season, Cutler averaged 165 yards passing with seven touchdowns to five interceptions, however in his last five games, he is averaging 221 yards passing with 11 touchdowns to only six interceptions. From the very first drive of the game, Cutler went after the porous New England secondary and attacked their cornerbacks. This helped Kenyan Drake immensely, as the Patriots were unable to stack the box and slow him down, and it allowed the Dolphins to move the ball consistently. Even when they did not score points, the Dolphins controlled field position and forced Tom Brady into long drives that wore down a lot of clock. Cutler definitely missed some throws, but he also did a great job of avoiding the New England pass rush, taking only two sacks on the night with one of them coming on completely blown coverage where he had no choice but to go down. Cutler was able to manipulate the pocket well, stepping up when he felt it collapsing around him, which gave his receivers time to get open in space. Cutler completed only two passes of 20+ yards, but it was the intermediate passes where he really threw the ball well. You wouldn't have guessed it by the Dolphins terrible third down conversion percentage (4/14, 28%), however he did have nine first down conversions on first and second down. His long gain of the night went on a straight go-route to Kenyan Drake who was lined up on the outside on the right side of the formation. Drake got a step on his defender and Cutler threw him perfectly open 42 yards downfield on a rope, which went for a 47 yard gain. If Drake did not trip soon after catching the ball, it had a great chance of going for a touchdown.

2017 Week 13 vs DEN (18 / 31 / 235 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Jay Cutler completed 18 of 31 passes for 235 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Cutler's final stat line looks adequate at best, but he did a much better job of moving the ball than he has in past weeks. With Damien Williams sidelined, the Dolphins ran Kenyon Drake 23 times, but when Drake wasn't running, Cutler was focused on Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills who combined for 160 yards receiving. Cutler's first touchdown pass went to Julius Thomas on a back-shoulder fade from the nine yard line. Cutler put the ball on a dime, exactly where it needed to be, out of reach of Thomas's defender and right where he only he could catch it. It was the type of throw that has allowed Cutler to have a career in the NFL, despite his penchant for turning the ball over. Cutler made some very Cutler-ish throws throughout the game, including an off-balance, falling away rainbow to Jarvis Landry where he faded to his left hard and threw the ball as he was falling away from a defender. There are only a few quarterbacks who can make that throw, and even fewer who would try to attempt it, but the pass was right on the money and led Landry perfectly. Cutler's second touchdown pass went to Kenny Stills and again, was vintage Cutler. He dropped back and after the pocket collapsed, Cutler ran forward and just before the line of scrimmage faded to his right and passed a high-arching fade to Kenny Stills who had two steps on a his defender and made the touchdown grab. Cutler has not produced many big games this season, but is the best option the Dolphins have. He is going to turn the ball over, but he's also going to make the type of throws that Matt Moore could only dream of.

2017 Week 11 vs TB (6 / 12 / 83 / 1 / 3 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Cutler was picked on two unforgivable throws to well-covered receivers, one into the Tampa end zone and one in his own end of the field. He was productive on a few plays that worked by design, including a fade to Jarvis Landry in the end zone. Cutler threw a third pick on a drop by Devante Parker and eventually left the game with a concussion suffered on a meaningless play at the end of the first half.

2017 Week 10 vs CAR (22 / 37 / 213 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Jay Cutler completed 22 of 37 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. While his stats do not too bad, Cutler was far from sharp on the night and a majority of his passing yards came in the second half with Carolina holding a commanding lead. Cutler's untimely interception late in the first half (deep in his own territory) allowed the Panthers to score a touchdown, which put them up 17-7. Carolina then received the second half kickoff, marched 78 yards in eight plays and scored another touchdown, stretching the lead to 24-7, which effectively put the game out of reach for Cutler and the Dolphins. The Miami offensive line did a good job of giving Cutler time to throw, as the Panthers did not sack him once throughout the game, but he still only completed 59% of his passes. This was not an instance of Cutler taking deep shots repeatedly either, he just flat out missed open receivers and at times looked rushed in the pocket despite having time to go through his progressions. Cutler's inaccuracy nearly ended Jarvis Landry's season too. Landry ran a crossing pattern to the middle of the field and Cutler threw a soft ball out in front of his receiver only to have an oncoming Panthers defender crush him right as he attempted to make the catch. It is the type of throw that you cannot make in the middle of the field, especially to an undersized receiver who makes his living gaining yards after the catch. This was an important game for the Dolphins, as a win would have put them in second place in the AFC East and tied for a wild card spot. A week after playing his best game of the season, Cutler threw away a great chance to put the Dolphins in the playoff hunt, a fact that may not be lost on the Dolphins coaching staff moving forward.

2017 Week 9 vs OAK (34 / 42 / 311 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Jay Cutler played his best ball of the season against the Raiders, completing 34 of 42 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. With Jay Ajayi now in Philadelphia, Adam Gase opened up his offense and gave Cutler the keys to a heavy passing attack. While the Dolphins lost the game, their stagnant offense came to life and highlighted the athletes that they have at the skill positions. Cutler had yet to throw for 200+ yards and two touchdowns in a game, so the 300+ passing yards and three touchdowns was certainly a surprise. Cutler was aggressive from the start, getting Parker and Landry involved on short passes which helped to soften up the Raiders secondary. He was also moving very well in the pocket and avoiding the Oakland pass rush, while going through his progressions and giving his receivers time to get open down the field. The Dolphins were very effective running play action, especially when they rolled Cutler out of the pocket, as he tends to throw nearly as well on the run as he does when stationary in the pocket. A great example of this came on Cutler's first touchdown pass. With Damien Williams lined up in the backfield, Cutler ran a play action fake to him and then rolled out to the right sideline. Williams ran unimpeded through the line and was open in the flat, where Cutler delivered an accurate throw to his outside shoulder. Williams did the rest by making one cut and then running square into two Oakland defenders who took the brunt of the impact. Williams stayed on his feet, and then dove into the end zone for the Dolphins first touchdown. Cutler was sharp throughout the game and did a good job of delivering accurate passes to his receivers in space.

2017 Week 7 vs NYJ (12 / 16 / 138 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Cutler started out strong with a good throw to Julius Thomas on a rollout, and a long ball to Kenny Stills was tipped around and ended up in Stills lap to set up an easy scoring toss to Jarvis Landry on a rollout. Cutler was looking downfield more and got a pass interference call on a ball that could have been picked, setting up another easy score to Anthony Fasano. Cutler did throw a pick deep in his own end on a tipped ball, and then couldn't find receivers open in the two-minute drill and took multiple sacks. Early in the second half he left the game with a rib injury.

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 shines in MNF win over Pats (Mon Dec 11, 11:56 PM) - Miami Dolphins QB Jay Cutler completed 25-of-38 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns in the team's Week 14 win Monday, Dec. 11, against the New England Patriots. He also added four rushing yards on four carries.

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