AFC East Podcast Ep. 1 Preseason Week 1

The Miami Dolphins finished at the bottom of the league in run defense not only in the AFC East but also the entire NFL. The front office decided to address these issues in the draft. Defensive end Charles Harris from Missouri was their 1st round pick. Raekwon McMillian, the linebacker from Ohio State that’s already torn his ACL, was drafted in the 2nd round. Then, cornerback Cordrea Tankersley was chosen in the 3rd round.

The Dolphins did win their first preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons. Their receiving corp consisting of Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills, and DeVante Parker is looking to be on the best in the league. Jay Cutler is ready to save the day. The Dolphins won’t be the laughing stock of the AFC East.

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New Dolphins QB Cutler Buys Back His Number 6 From Backup QB Brandon Doughty

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New Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler is in a spending mood these days, buying back his jersey number 6 from backup quarterback Brandon Doughty.

Here’s the story of how it all went down from PFT:

Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler wanted to wear No. 6 in Miami, just as he did in Denver and Chicago, so he shelled out a little cash to make it happen.

Backup quarterback Brandon Doughty confirmed that Cutler bought No. 6 from him.

“We worked something out,” Doughty said, via the Sun-Sentinel.

There’s no word on how much money Cutler paid Doughty for the number, but given that Cutler has made more than $100 million in his career and Doughty makes the league minimum, it probably wasn’t hard to find a dollar amount that wasn’t a lot in Cutler’s mind but was well worth it in Doughty’s mind.

Jay Cutler Says Wife Kristin Swayed Him to Sign with the Dolphins

Jay Cutler said Monday that he went “back and forth” on whether to remain in broadcasting or sign with the Miami Dolphins, but his wife, TV personality Kristin Cavallari, ultimately talked him into continuing his NFL career, ESPN reports.

Cutler parted with the Chicago Bears in March after eight seasons, and was then hired by Fox as an analyst to work in its No. 2 NFL broadcast booth. Dolphins coach Adam Gase reached out to Cutler shortly after starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill suffered a knee injury last Thursday.

Gase, who was Cutler’s offensive coordinator with the Bears in 2015, said Monday that Cutler needed no persuading to launch a comeback. But Cutler likened the conversations with Gase to college recruiting, saying the decision to return was difficult.

“The last four months I’ve been in a different mindset, getting ready for the Fox deal,” Cutler said. “I was pretty good with where I was in my life; I was around the kids a lot and felt pretty content. So I went back and forth on this. My wife talked me into it more than anybody else. … I think she got tired of me being around the house.”

Cutler said his two sons and pickup basketball games at his alma mater, Vanderbilt, helped him stay in shape. He missed time last year with a sprained right thumb and a labrum injury that required season-ending right shoulder surgery in December, but said he’s healthy now and confident his arm will be fine.

“It’ll come back pretty quickly,” Cutler said. “I’m not worried about the throwing part. Getting used to the guys and the more detailed stuff, that’s what we’re going to have to hit the fast-forward button on.”

Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry Under Investigation for Battery

Dolphins’ star wide receiver Jarvis Landry is under investigation for battery, Andy Slater of WINZ reports.

The alleged incident took place in a Fort Lauderdale apartment earlier this year, multiple sources say. It involves Landry’s girlfriend.

She has not been cooperating with authorities, sources say.

After deciding to not drop the case, the Fort Lauderdale police department forwarded it to the Broward County State Attorney’s Office.

A decision on possible charges is not expected this week.

Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said “we’re aware of it,” when asked about this report on Monday morning.

Landry has an open paternity court case with his girlfriend in Broward.

“The parties are involved in what has been a very civil family court case,” her attorney said. “Beyond that, we have nothing to add.”

Dolphins Ink Former Bears QB Jay Cutler to One-Year Deal

The Dolphins and former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler agreed to a one-year deal on Sunday, sources told Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The one-year deal is worth $10 million, plus up to $3 million in incentives, a source told Schefter.

In May, Cutler had retired from the NFL and was hired by Fox Sports as a game analyst.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase has played a significant role in convincing Cutler of the reasons he should play for the Dolphins, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Darlington. Miami also raised its monetary offer, sources close to the situation said.

With Ryan Tannehill Hurt; Dolphins Reach Out QB Jay Cutler

The Dolphins are scrambling looking for guys that can throw the football after Ryan Tannehill‘s knee injury – and one name they are seriously considering is that of former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.

The Dolphins have reached out to Cutler, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase, who coached Cutler when he was the Bears’ offensive coordinator in 2015, has personally been in touch with Cutler, the report says. Cutler had a good season in Gase’s offense and the two get along well personally.

The Bears cut Cutler in March, so he’s a free agent and there are no restrictions on the Dolphins contacting him or signing him. He has already signed with CBS to work as an announcer this year, but that wouldn’t preclude him from changing his mind and returning to the field if the right opportunity arises.

Gase said today that Matt Moore is now the Dolphins’ quarterback, but Gase made clear that’s only the case “right now.” If Tannehill is out for the season, the Dolphins may go shopping for a new quarterback, and Cutler could be the man.

Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi Being Evaluated For a Concussion

Dolphins Pro Bowl running back Jay Ajayi is being evaluated for a concussion and was unable to finish practice on Monday, James Walker of reports.

Ajayi got a lot of work in Miami’s first full-contact, full-padded practice of training camp. He ran the ball and caught several passes out of the backfield while taking some hits in the process. Dolphins safety T.J. McDonald, for example. had a big hit on Ajayi that knocked the tailback off his feet in one of Ajayi’s final plays.

It is vital for Ajayi, who led the Dolphins with 1,272 rushing yards, to stay healthy this season. Gase said earlier in the offseason that he will not be afraid to give Ajayi 300 carries if necessary, and the running back has worked diligently catching passes out of the backfield.

Dolphins CB Byron Maxwell Feels He’s the Best CB in the NFL

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Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell is into the upcoming season believing he’s the best cornerback in the league, Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post reports.

“Yeah, I do,” he said today. “Obviously I know I need to put this work in again to get that point. It’s like starting all over again. But yeah, I definitely feel that way.”

One of the reasons he’s feeling so confident is Miami’s continuity. Maxwell came to the Dolphins in a trade last offseason and had to adapt to new defense. This year, even with Matt Burke replacing Vance Joseph as coordinator, the scheme is mostly the same. He also has the same position coach in Lou Anarumo.

With all that working in Maxwell’s favor, coach Adam Gase believes he’ll start strongly this year and play like he did late last season.

“That’s kind of where he is right now,” Gase said. “I think he was trying to figure out how he kind of fit in, and (it was) his third team in three years. It’s a little different scheme then what he did in Seattle and completely different then what he did in Philly, and I think it took him a minute to figure out his place here. But once he did, he did a good job.”

Prestige has become more important to Maxwell the older he’s gotten. Now, at 29, he goes into his seventh NFL season with an eye on earning his first Pro Bowl and all-pro distinctions.

“I’m getting late in my career and I know what those things mean to your legacy,” he said. “It means everything to me. I want those things. I also want a Super Bowl. That’s the most important thing. That’s the ultimate goal. But yeah, it’s very important.”