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|Posted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:50 pm Post subject: Are the Miami Dolphins finally ready to give QB Brandon Doug
|DAVIE—Last December, the Dolphins http://www.steelersprosale.com/marcus-gilbert-jerseys-c-1_88.html weren’t sure about Brandon Doughty. Now they have to decide if anything’s changed in the past year.
With Jay Cutler going out with a chest injury, Matt Moore is Miami’s only healthy quarterback. The team has just three days before its road game against Baltimore, leaving little time to rush a veteran free agent into the backup spot. If Cutler is out, as expected, promoting Doughty from the practice squad is the simplest answer.
Doughty, 26, came to the Dolphins as a seventh-round pick out of Western Kentucky last year and spent the entire season on the practice squad. He grew up in South Florida and played at North Broward Prep in Coconut Creek before going to the Hilltoppers.
Doughty was one of five quarterbacks in camp this summer and spent most of the preseason battling David Fales. Fales, who did not have practice squad eligibility, was released and remains a free agent.
Fales completed 27 of 55 passes, put up 424 yards and had five touchdown passes with one interception in four preseason games this year. Against the Vikings in the final game, he was 12 for 20 with 193 yards and touchdown passes to Jakeem Grant, Mitch Matthews and MarQueis Gray.
As he packed up his locker that night in Minneapolis, Fales believed he had a chance to make the roster as Miami’s third quarterback. Ultimately, Gase felt comfortable going with two.
Fales has appeared in an NFL game before. When Cutler was injured while with Chicago last year, the Bears turned to Fales for a few plays in their final game. Fales went 2 for 5 for 22 yards against the Vikings, playing behind Matt Barkley.
If the Dolphins don’t add a quarterback, be it Doughty or another free agent, they’d be counting on Gray or receiver Jarvis Landry as their contingency if Moore gets hurt Thursday in Baltimore.
Miami was in a pinch at quarterback last December, too, after losing Ryan Tannehill to a knee injury. Rather than go with Doughty, the team brought in journeyman T.J. Yates out of free agency and he remained Moore’s backup the rest of the season. Yates even got a snap in the playoff game.
“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed,” Doughty said when Miami signed Yates. “I’m a competitor, man. I want to help this http://www.officialsteelersprosale.com/brett-keisel-jerseys-c-1_95.html team out. But I understand the process and I understand what they’re trying to do bringing in a guy that has playoff experience, so I’ll be here to support him and help him as much as I can.”
In four preseason games this year, Doughty completed 19 of 40 passes for 263 yards and had two touchdowns and two interceptions. He had a 33-yard touchdown to Leonte Carroo and a 69-yarder to Grant.
Doughty’s most extended run came in the finale, when he went 8 for 17 for 106 yards against Minnesota.
He was a three-year starter at Western Kentucky and was Conference USA’s MVP each of his final two seasons. In total, Doughty posted a 68.6 completion percentage, threw for 12,855 yards and 111 touchdown passes against 34 interceptions in 43 games.