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Cutler’s retirement this offseason lasted only three months before Ryan Tannehill’s torn ACL lured him out of the broadcast booth and into the Dolphins backfield (thanks to a 2000 percent raise). The strong-armed veteran never reached the expectations placed on him once he was traded to Chicago, but he’s now reunited with Adam Gase — the Bears offensive coordinator-turned-Miami-head coach with whom he enjoyed one of the best seasons of his mercurial career.
Cutler also has a shiny array of weapons at his disposal, starting with a tailback who ran for 200+ yards in three games last fall (Jay Ajayi), and leveling up with a trio of receivers (DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, and Jarvis Landry) who can run under Smokin’ Jay’s rocket-armed heaves downfield. The veteran quarterback may have landed in the best offense of his 12-year career; will it make a difference?
Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram, who terrorized the Broncos’ offensive line for 1.5 sacks on Monday, doesn’t think so.
While his ability to run is what makes him so exciting to watch, his capabilities as a passer will ultimately decide whether or not he’s an early draft selection and a successful NFL quarterback.
There’s no question he has the arm, but he’s shown better accuracy, anticipation and pocket presence in the first two games of 2017.
Against North Carolina, he avoided a pass rusher and — rather than take off and run, which he has been prone to do — reset his feet and fired a dart that traveled about 50 yards through the air and into the arms of his receiver for a huge touchdown.