QB Cleo Lemon - Free Agent

6-2, 215Born: 8-16-1979College: Arkansas StateDrafted: ---

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2008 Week 10 vs DET (0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / -3 / 0 rush)

QB Cleo Lemon came into the game after the Jaguars had established an insurmountable lead.

2007 Week 5 vs HOU (15 / 27 / 151 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Lemon entered in relief of the injured Trent Green and was serviceable, completing 15 of 27 passes for 151 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. While those numbers are unspectacular, Lemon showed some playmaking ability and mobility, moving around in the pocket.

2007 Week 6 vs CLE (24 / 43 / 256 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / 9 / 2 rush)

Lemon looked like two different quarterbacks in the game. During the first half, he was clearly uncomfortable in the offense, forcing throws and missing receivers all over the field. Beginning with a 14 play, seven minute touchdown drive that covered 75 yards to start the third quarter, Lemon had settled in to the offense and began to play like a much more seasoned quarterback. He followed this drive up with another 62 yard, nine play drive to score another touchdown - one that Lemon ran up the middle and into the endzone himself. While he did seem a little lost at times, Lemon has a very strong arm and was able to move in the pocket to avoid pressure. He seemed to get better at sensing pressure and working his receiver progressions as the game progressed.

2007 Week 7 vs NE (24 / 37 / 236 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 16 / 1 rush)

Lemon was generally unimpressive in the loss to the Patriots. He overthrew or threw behind his wide receivers on a number of plays and put up a chunk of his yardage in garbage time. On the first possession of the game for the Dolphins, Lemon turned the ball over by fumbling while holding the ball with just one hand as he bumped into TE David Martin in the backfield. Lemon overthrew WR Ted Ginn Jr. twice - once on a deep route over the middle and once in the corner of the end zone. Ginn Jr. was open in both cases. Lemon did make a nice throw down the sideline to WR Marty Booker in the first quarter - placing it where only Booker could grab it. Lemon squeezed through the line easily on his four yard TD run up the middle. After starting seven for seven on completions, he threw five consecutive incomplete passes and they game quickly slipped away from the Dolphins. The Dolphins opted not to give QB John Beck some NFL playing experience against the Patriots.

2007 Week 8 vs NYG (17 / 30 / 149 / 1 / 0 pass, 7 / 18 / 0 rush)

Lemon made 17 completions for 149 yards on 30 attempts. His only touchdown of the game was to Ted Ginn in the fourth quarter on a beautifully thrown ball between three defenders. This brought the game to within three points with about two minutes remaining. Otherwise Lemon did not look downfield often, and seemed satisfied avoiding the rush by throwing to his short options. Lemon's biggest mistake of the game came in the second quarter with the Dolphins at the Giants two yard line. Lemon took a sack at the 12 yard line, forcing the Dolphins to kick a field goal two plays later. He ran the ball seven times for 18 yards.

2007 Week 10 vs BUF (16 / 29 / 131 / 0 / 0 pass, 6 / 17 / 1 rush)

If the Miami receivers had been able to hang onto a few more passes the Dolphins may have won their first game of the season. Still, Lemon was able to pick up first downs and keep the Buffalo offense on the bench through the first three quarters. While he failed to throw a touchdown pass he was able to scramble into the end zone from five yards out. Lemon has filled in well enough for the injured Trent Green. Entering this game, Lemon had completed 80 of 137 passes for 792 yards, with three touchdown passes against four interceptions and a 58.4 completion percentage. Green was 85 of 141 for 987 yards, with five touchdowns against seven interceptions and a 60.3 completion percentage.

2007 Week 14 vs BUF (22 / 42 / 241 / 0 / 2 pass, 4 / 4 / 0 rush)

Lemon entered the game with the Dolphins trailing 21-0 and immediately rallied the offense for a score. On his first play, Beck rolled out to his right and hit Ted Ginn for a 54 yard bomb. Samkon Gado ran 12 yards for a touchdown on the next play and Miami was on the board. Lemon led the Dolphins to two third quarter scoring drives, but could never get them closer than a 14 point deficit. His play was up and down. Most of his deeper passes were well thrown, but he was erratic at times on some of his shorter throws. Lemon was more effective when he moved out of the pocket. He threw two interceptions. The first ball sailed on him when he tried to hit Ginn on a crossing route. Lemon was hit as he attempted to throw a pass off his back foot to David Martin and the ball hung in the air before being grabbed by Donte Whitner. Lemon also threw a pass behind Lorenzo Booker, but two Bills' defenders were unable to hang onto the ball. Lemon was also credited with four fumbles. He dropped snaps on three different occasions, but was able to recover the football all three times. On one of the occasions he was even able to scramble and find an open Derek Hagan for a first down. Lemon's lost the fourth fumble when he was sacked just after the two minute warning.

2007 Week 15 vs BAL (23 / 39 / 315 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 12 / 0 rush)

Lemon struggled with his accuracy, but rallied in the second half to lead the Dolphins back into the lead, and ultimately to an overtime win. He preferred the two Bookers has his primary targets, with Marty Booker receiving 12 while running back Lorenzo Booker earned eight. Lemon hit Greg Camarillo for his lone touchdown of the game, but it was the game winner. He had no interceptions, but did lose one fumble. He was sacked five times.

2007 Week 16 vs NE (18 / 41 / 171 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 9 / 0 rush)

Lemon was under pressure from the New England defense throughout the game. He was forced to throw the ball away on a few occasions and was inaccurate otherwise. On one fourth and goal situation, Lemon was forced to scamper toward the right pylon and instead of diving into the end zone he jumped out of bounds with the ball in his right hand. The referees ruled that the ball was out of bounds and did not break the plane, and despite a challenge by Miami the play was upheld. Considering that the Dolphins were down four touchdowns, Lemon should have made a more dedicated effort to get the ball in the end zone - either by diving or switching the ball to his left hand. Lemon did make one nice play in the face of defensive pressure in the second half. While being pursued by a couple of New England defenders he ran in circles deep behind the line of scrimmage before firing a pass to RB Lorenzo Booker for the first down.

2007 Week 17 vs CIN (14 / 21 / 123 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)

Lemon led the Dolphins on an 11 play, 72 yard touchdown drive midway through the second quarter. He hit WR Ted Ginn a five yard touchdown after rolled out and pumped faked the defense. It was a nice play by Lemon and a very solid drive. Lemon and the offense did not do much else in the first half but, Lemon did have decent first half numbers. He was 14 for 21 for 123 yards and touchdown. Lemon would go down early in the second half after scrambling for some yards. It was reported that Lemon had a hip injury and he did not return to the game.

2006 Week 15 vs BUF (9 / 16 / 98 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Lemon came in to play in the fourth quarter, after Joey Harrington's complete inability to run the Miami offense. He completed his first three passing attempts for 12 yards, though they were check down passes to Sammy Morris and Justin Peelle. Lemon threw a 38 yard pass to Wes Welker right before the two minute warning. It took the ball to the two yard line, but on four straight passing attempts to Chris Chambers, the Dolphins were unable to score.

2006 Week 16 vs NYJ (11 / 16 / 104 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Lemon began the second half after Joey Harrington failed to generate much offense in the opening 30 minutes. He began badly and a pass intended for Chris Chambers was almost intercepted. Lemon was sacked on the following drive and the Dolphins had to punt. The next drive ended when Lemon completed a pass on third down, but threw the ball too short to convert for a first down. Derek Hagan was forced to come back to the ball to make the catch. Lemon kept things simple and started to settle down on the following drive. He threw completions to Randy McMichael and Wes Welker for first downs, and then went deep for McMichael for a 20 yard gain. Lemon completed the drive by connecting with McMichael yet again, and the tight end carried a defender into the end zone for a seven yard score. Lemon led the team down the field two drives later, finding Derek Hagan for two first downs. The drive stalled when a Sammy Morris reception was stopped a yard short on third and 13.

2006 Week 17 vs IND (18 / 36 / 210 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)

Lemon made his first start against the Colts, and his performance showed just how young and inexperienced he is. For the game, he was 18 of 36 for 210 yards, including a fourth quarter six yard touchdown to TE Randy McMichael. He also threw an interception and, at times, made some poor decisions on key third down plays. As a result, five of Miami's six scoring drives resulted in field goals, something you cannot do to beat the Colts.